Stephen Curry didn’t smell champagne. Blood was in the air.
Curry scored 35 points in three quarters Monday night, Andre Iguodala added 20 and the Golden State Warriors returned to the arena where they won the NBA championship last season and embarrassed the Cleveland Cavaliers, 132-98, at Cleveland.
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 at Detroit over the weekend.
Only a late flurry of points helped the Cavaliers 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 three-point shots, his last putting the Warriors ahead by 40 late in the third quarter, and the reigning league MVP seemed right at home in Quicken Loans Arena, where last June the Warriors clinched their first title since 1975. On Sunday, Curry said he hoped the visitor’s locker room “still smells a little bit like champagne.”
at Charlotte 124, Utah 119 (2 OT): Kemba Walker scored 52 points to lead the Hornets, breaking the previous franchise record of 48 set by Glen Rice on March 6, 1997, in an overtime win against the Boston Celtics. Walker made 16 of 34 shots, including six of 11 three-point attempts, and 14 of 15 free throws.
at Dallas 118, Boston 113 (OT): Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 31 points and 11 rebounds.
at New York 119, Philadelphia 113 (2 OT): Arron Afflalo led the Knicks with 25 points and Carmelo Anthony, back in the lineup after sitting out two games because of a sprained ankle, made a tying three-point basket with 3.4 seconds to play in regulation.
at Toronto 112, Brooklyn 100: Kyle Lowry scored 13 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and the Raptors won their fifth in a row.
Portland 108, at Washington 98: C.J. McCollum scored 25 points for the Trail Blazers, who moved on from Saturday’s 25-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Chicago 111, at Detroit 101: Pau Gasol led the Bulls with 31 points and 12 rebounds.
at Memphis 101, New Orleans 99: Marc Gasol had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Conley had 15 points and 10 assists for the Grizzlies.
at Atlanta 98, Orlando 81: Paul Millsap had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Al Horford scored 15 points for the Hawks, who never trailed.