Reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors marched into Cleveland on Monday to hand the Cavaliers a 118-108 loss.
Kevin Durant continued his scintillating form against the Cavaliers, established during last season's NBA Finals, by scoring a game-high 32 points with eight assists and five rebounds as the Warriors extended their winning streak on the road to 14 games.
The Warriors finished with 33 assists and now have 147 30-assist games since Steve Kerr became head coach in 2014-15. Golden State's assist total during that span is three times as many as the next-closest team — the Atlanta Hawks, who have 49 such games.
Two-time MVP Stephen Curry added 23 points and eight assists, playing in just his second game since suffering a second ankle injury in as many months.
LeBron James led the Cavs with 32 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but Cleveland continued to struggle offensively as a whole.
James is now just 41 points away from 30,000 career points, but needs another Cavs star to find his form in a hurry.
Isaiah Thomas, still settling in with his new team, scored 19 points on eight-of-21 shooting.
With the loss, Cleveland (26-17) have now lost eight of their last 10, including four straight. The Warriors (36-9) continue to lead the Western Conference.
ANTETOKOUNMPO HELPS END BUCKS SKID
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points with a career-high 20 rebounds and six assists in a 104-95 win over the Washington Wizards.
Dwight Howard was nine of 12 from the floor to score 21 points with 17 rebounds in a 118-107 road victory for the Charlotte Hornets against the Detroit Pistons. Howard posted his sixth game of the season with 20-plus points and 15-plus rebounds. Only DeMarcus Cousins (11) and Anthony Davis (eight) have more.
PARKER AND GREEN STRUGGLE IN LEONARD'S ABSENCE
Playing without Kawhi Leonard, the San Antonio Spurs travelled to Atlanta and were handed a rough 102-99 loss by the now 12-31 Hawks. The Spurs' guard duo of Tony Parker and Danny Green only mustered a combined 16 points, leaving too much offensive burden on LaMarcus Aldridge.
EMBIID FLEXES HIS MUSCLES
Joel Embiid established his dominance against the Toronto Raptors. Embiid's 34 points and 11 rebounds led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 117-111 win over the Raptors.
Charlotte Hornets 118-107 Detroit Pistons
Philadelphia 76ers 117-111 Toronto Raptors
Atlanta Hawks 102-99 San Antonio Spurs
Milwaukee Bucks 104-95 Washington Wizards
Chicago Bulls 119-111 Miami Heat
New York Knicks 119-104 Brooklyn Nets
Memphis Grizzlies 123-114 Los Angeles Lakers
Oklahoma City Thunder 95-88 Sacramento Kings
Golden State Warriors 118-108 Cleveland Cavaliers
Indiana Pacers 109-94 Utah Jazz
Los Angeles Clippers 113-102 Houston Rockets
PELICANS AT CELTICS
Led by the trio of DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, the New Orleans Pelicans may finally live up to their playoff potential. They face a tough road match against the surging Boston Celtics, who have won seven straight games. Boston use a balanced scoring attack and stifling defense to limit opponents, but they are thin in the front court, which could be a problem against the Pelicans.
22 de agosto 2018
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|Marseille have ´moved on´ from Balotelli deal|
|´Crazy´ Cheika his own toughest critic|
|McClaren defiant amid QPR woes|
|Lendl joins Zverev´s coaching staff|
|England captain Hartley ready for return|
21 de agosto 2018
|Buttler happy to serve up a century as England dig in at Trent Bridge|
|PSV beat BATE in Champions League thriller, Benfica held at home|
|Mkhitaryan backs Emery´s philosophy at Arsenal|
|Championship Review: Leeds go top, QPR problems mount|
|Ronaldo shares snap of ´Juventus family´|
|Aguero is the Premier League´s best foreign import, says Shearer|
|Real Madrid warned they must pay Rodrigo´s €120m release clause|
|England´s Broad fined for Pant rant|
|India on brink of victory after brilliant Bumrah halts Buttler|
|Serena Williams elevated to 17th seed at US Open|
|Kombouare signs new two-year Guingamp contract|
|Scaloni unclear on Messi´s long-term Argentina plans|
|F1 Raceweek: Gasly and Alonso restore focus at Spa|
|Nouri able to communicate, brother reveals|
|Pjanic extends Juventus contract to 2023|
|Odegaard joins Vitesse in latest loan from Real Madrid|
|Luck ´sort of happy´ with sack from Suggs|
|Manchester United´s Sanchez will ´be back soon´|
|Former Giants star Cruz announces retirement|
|RFU set Cipriani disciplinary date despite RPA complaints|
|Spalletti fined €10,000 for ´gravely offensive´ referee comments|
|IndyCar driver Wickens has spinal surgery after Pocono crash|
|Tiger: No doubt this is one of my best years|
|Vice-captain Tiger trying to remain objective in Ryder Cup conversations|
|Ronaldo won´t win Serie A by himself, warns Allan|
|Moeen sends message to England selectors with double century|
|Brunt calls time on Northern Ireland career|
|Tottenham´s Janssen sidelined after foot surgery|
|Liu Xiang breaks women´s 50m backstroke world record at Asian Games|
|Atletico Madrid winger Vitolo suffers knee ligament damage|
|Leverkusen teen Havertz aiming to emulate idol Ozil|
|Beckham to be honoured with UEFA President´s Award|
|CPS drops Hillsborough charges against Bettison|
|Who can take over from Federer, Nadal & Djokovic? Agassi backs Zverev, Kyrgios|
|´Freak incident´ rules Dragons´ Vaughan out for season|
|Kompany: Different Manchester City must not be complacent|
|Toyota withdraw appeal over Alonso´s Silverstone disqualification|
|Manchester City offload defender Denayer to Lyon|
|RPA want RFU to drop Cipriani charge|
|Cheika still the right man for Australia - Polota-Nau|
|Bolt not giving up on Manchester United dream|
|All Blacks must improve ´average´ set-piece, says Smith|
|Raiola hits back at Scholes following Pogba criticism|
|Indians top Red Sox in series opener|
|Struff stuns Cecchinato, Jarry reaches last 16|
|I´ll prove people wrong - Bolt completes first Mariners training session|
|Former champ Kvitova tops Radwanska, Pliskova ousted|
|Sad if it´s Filipe Luis´ last game for Atletico - Oblak|
|White Sox manager Rick Renteria hospitalised before game|
|Carragher: Van Dijk can become Liverpool legend|
|No timetable for Sale return from shoulder injury|
|This is a partnership - Rodgers on contract negotiations with Packers|
|Eagles QB Wentz unsure he´ll be cleared to play opener|
|Balotelli staying at Nice|
|It wasn´t a penalty, says Hodgson as Palace boss fumes at refereeing decisions|
|Salah can play much better - Klopp demands more from Liverpool star|
|Gasly to Red Bull: Vettel, Verstappen and the drivers who took their Toro Rosso chance|
|Klopp in the dark on Karius future amid links to Besiktas|
|Simeone pleased with draw after rigours of Super Cup|
20 de agosto 2018
|Captain Reus saves Dortmund in DFB-Pokal|
|I couldn´t care less - Klopp rejects title challenge talk|
|Ailing Bairstow keen to aid England´s unlikely victory bid at Trent Bridge|
|Redskins secure Peterson signing|
|Manchester City goalkeeper Bravo suffers ruptured Achilles|