The third straight December 25 headlined by Golden State vs. Cleveland went down to the last minute, and the Dubs emerged with a 99-92 victory on Monday at Oracle Arena.
After seeing the Cavs rallied to tie the game with an 11-2 run over three minutes late in the fourth quarter, Klay Thompson knocked down the biggest shot of the game with a minute and half left in the game. The possession started with Kevin Durant missing a 3-point attempt, but rookie Jordan Bell swooped in for the offensive rebound. The rookie quickly passed to Draymond Green at the top off the key, and Green promptly swung it to Thompson on the left wing.
Thompson knocked down the 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, and the shot gave the Dubs the lead for good. Kevin Durant helped preserve the game with a block of LeBron James in the final 30 seconds, Durant’s fifth block of the game, and the Dubs held Cleveland scoreless for the final 1:58 of the game.