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Cavaliers fall to Warriors, 99-92, in Christmas rematch; three takeaways

OAKLAND, Calif.,– For the third straight year, the defending NBA champion has gone on to win their Christmas Day game.

The Golden State Warriors topped the Cavaliers, 99-92.

Kevin Love had a superb game as one of the few bright spots in the Cavs’ offense, scoring a game-high 31 points and grabbing a game-high 18 boards. LeBron James had 20 and a team-high six assists. Jae Crowder and Dwyane Wade rounded out Cavs’ players in double-figures with 15 and 13, respectively.

For the Warriors, Kevin Durant had 25 while Klay Thompson had 24. Draymond Green came to life in the final frame to record a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

It was a close, yet sloppy game for most of the afternoon, that ultimately came down to the final minute. Without further adieu, here are three takeaways from the Cavs’ 10th loss this season.

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Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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