In a thrilling clash, Caris LeVert emerged from the bench with a stellar 22-point performance, while Dean Wade’s crucial 3-pointers set the tone for the Cleveland Cavaliers, securing a 118-110 triumph over the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco.
Donovan Mitchell (21 points), Darius Garland (19), and Evan Mobley (19) led a dynamic Cavaliers lineup, all five starters contributing to the double-figure tally. This victory marked Cleveland’s first series sweep against the Warriors since 2010, breaking a 12-game losing streak.
After overcoming a 17-point deficit, the Cavaliers entered the final quarter with an 84-83 lead, courtesy of LeVert’s tip-in just before the horn. Wade, despite having only eight points before fouling out, ignited the final period with consecutive 3-pointers in the opening 56 seconds, propelling the Cavaliers ahead.
Although the Warriors narrowed the gap to four points with a three-point play by Jonathan Kuminga, Cleveland responded with a six-point surge, featuring contributions from Max Strus, Mobley, and LeVert.
The Warriors faced adversity as Draymond Green was ejected in the final 18:23, receiving a flagrant foul after a physical encounter with Mitchell. Despite Stephen Curry’s 30-point effort, shooting 4-for-14 on 3-pointers, the Warriors couldn’t overcome the Cavaliers’ resilient performance.
Strus contributed 16 points, and Jarrett Allen added 12, while the Cavaliers dominated the free-throw battle, outscoring the Warriors 33-23 in a game marked by 53 fouls and 73 foul shots.
In a game of twists and turns, the Cavaliers showcased their mettle, securing a historic sweep over the Warriors on their home turf.