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The Cavs started fast, but the Warriors still have a hell of a closing kick

He’s not 100 percent yet, clearly still finding his legs and his rhythm, but he’s back now; this time, Cleveland would have another top-end scorer to side with LeBron James and Kevin Love as they tried to trade buckets with the NBA’s best offense.

The Warriors turned off the water on the Cavs’ role players, made Thomas work for his baskets by forcing him to create room against and finish over length, and capitalized on James’ miscues.

That defensive clampdown, combined with the dominant scoring of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry and a do-everything effort from Draymond Green, had the Warriors hitting their closing kick just as Cleveland was running out of gas.

Durant led the way with 32 points (9-for-16 shooting, 4-for-6 from 3-point land, 10-for-10 at the foul line) to go with eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block in 35 minutes.

Hope persists in Cleveland that, come summer, things could look different with a fully healthy Thomas and Tristan Thompson, rejuvenation on the wing if J.R. Smith, Jae Crowder, Jeff Green and Iman Shumpert can combine to give the Cavs something, or perhaps an infusion of new talent imported at next month’s trade deadline.

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