On Sunday evening, the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up their third win of the 2023-24 campaign with a 115-104 home victory over Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, who entered the game at 5-1. It had been a bit of a frustrating start for the Cavs so far, as the team has dealt with several injuries and some disappointing losses; however, the win over the Warriors figures to help the squad get back on track.
After the game, Cavs guard Caris LeVert broke down why defense was such an important part of Cleveland defeating Golden State.
“I think we won it with our defense,” said LeVert, per Bally Sports Cleveland. “I think we beat them on the glass as well… it was definitely a team effort on both sides of the ball.”
Holding a team with the firepower of Stephen Curry and the Warriors to 104 points in the modern NBA is an impressive feat, especially for a Cavs squad that has had some defensive struggles thus far on the young season. The Warriors entered the game as winners of five straight, but although Curry scored 28 points, his teammates were largely unable to get it going, thanks in no small part to the Cavs’ syncopation and effort on the defensive end of the floor.
The Cavs now sit at 3-4 on the 2023-24 campaign, and they will now have a few days off before they hit the road to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 8. That game is slated to kick off at 8:00 PM ET.