CLEVELAND – Stephen Curry didn’t smell champagne. Blood was in the air.
Curry scored 35 points in three quarters, Andre Iguodala added 20 and Golden State returned to the arena where it won the NBA championship last season and embarrassed the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-98 on Monday night.
The Warriors built a 30-point lead in the first half, pushed their advantage to 43 after halftime and bounced back from a shocking loss in Detroit over the weekend by winning their fifth straight over Cleveland.
Only a late flurry of points helped the Cavs avoid their worst home loss in franchise history.
“They came in and gave us an old-fashioned a-kicking,” LeBron James said. “They did what they wanted.”
Curry made seven 3-pointers — his last put the Warriors ahead by 40 late in the third quarter — and the reigning league MVP seemed right at home in Quicken Loans Arena, where the Warriors clinched their first title since 1975 last June. On Sunday, Curry said he hoped the visitor’s locker room “still smells a little bit like champagne.”
That aroma had long dissipated, but the Warriors looked thirsty for more bubbly.
Curry downplayed his champagne boast.
“The last time I was there we had a trophy, we had champagne and we had goggles,” Curry said, recalling last season’s Game 6. “We had a good time.”
With Curry leading the charge, the Warriors overwhelmed the Cavs, who lost at Golden State 89-83 on Christmas Day and could do little to stop the defending champions.
James scored 16 for Cleveland, which just went 5-1 on its longest road trip this season. And like last season’s finals, James didn’t have much help. Kyrie Irving had eight points on 3-of-11 shooting and Kevin Love had three points in 21 forgettable minutes.
Draymond Green added 16 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Warriors, who rested their starters in the fourth.Hornets 124, Jazz 119 (2 OT)
In Charlotte, Kemba Walker scored a franchise-record 52 points, powering the Hornets to the double-overtime win. Knicks 119, 76ers 113 (2 OT)
In New York, Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence and made a tying 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in regulation. Raptors 112, Nets 100
In Toronto, Kyle Lowry scored 13 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and the Raptors matched a season high with their fifth straight win. Mavs 118, Celtics 113 (OT)
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points for the Mavs, and Deron Williams had 10 of his 20 points in overtime. Blazers 108, Wizards 98
In Washington, C.J. McCollum made six 3-pointers and scored 25 points, helping Portland rebound from its worst loss of the season. Grizzlies 101, Pelicans 99
In Memphis, Marc Gasol had 16 points and 10 rebounds, leading the balanced Grizzlies to the victory. Bulls 111, Pistons 101
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Pau Gasol had 31 points and 12 rebounds, and Chicago won again without Joakim Noah. Hawks 98, Magic 81
In Atlanta, Al Horford scored 15 points, Paul Millsap had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Hawks earned their second straight win. Clips 140, Rockets 132 (OT)
In Los Angeles, sharp-shooting J.J. Redick scored a career-high 40 points and the Clippers made a franchise-record 22 3-pointers in an overtime win against Houston.