Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga (00) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Isaac Okoro (35) during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Fri Jan 20, 2023 (AP News photo)
Warriors Pull Off Upset Over Cleveland 120-114
By Barbara Mason
Friday night the Golden State Warriors (23-23) took on the Cleveland Cavaliers (28-19) in the last game of this current road trip. The Warriors were short- handed resting the majority of their starting roster. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins did not take the court tonight. The Cavaliers were a challenge and under the best of circumstances this game was a tough one for the Warriors but they pulled it off with a 120-114 win over the Cavs.
Game recap: Golden State got off to a great start winning the opening quarter 33-28 and leading at the half 64-59 after a 31-31 tie in the second quarter.
This game got very interesting in the third quarter when the Warriors outscored Cleveland 34-27 leading 98-86. A win against the Cavaliers would be a shocker of an upset. The Warriors had hurt themselves with 11 turnovers in the second half, but Golden State had six players in double digits and the Warriors were trying to finish this road trip on a winning note against a very tough Eastern Conference squad.
The Warriors had under four minutes in the fourth quarter to hang onto a 114-106 lead. Cleveland had trailed by twenty points in the second half but was making a run in the closing minutes. The Cavs are an incredible fourth quarter team and this quarter was littered with empty possession after empty possession for Golden State.
They desperately needed some offense in the final two minutes of this game. Ty Jerome found that offense to give the Warriors a 117-110 lead. With 14.6 left on the clock the Warriors picked up a six point win and the Warrior bench had pulled off the best road game of the season in an unlikely upset. The Warriors defense really stepped up and Golden State had their first winning road trip of the season.
Jordan Poole was the high for this game with 32 points and without him this win would not have happened. Ty Jerome had 22 points, Donte DiVincenzo had 17 and Kevon Looney had 17 rebounds in the game. The bench had some great play from Jamychal Green with 13 points and Anthony Lamb with 12.
The Warriors had some beautiful ball movement throughout the game and shots from downtown were on task shooting for 53.5% with 23 shots made from beyond the arc.
The Warriors will enjoy the flight home after this amazing win. They will take on the Brooklyn Nets at Chase on Sunday evening. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30.