Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry Lead Warriors to 10-Point Victory Over Cavaliers

Patrick HightowerContributor IMarch 8, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 03:  Stephen Curry #30 and Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors look on near the end of the game against the Houston Rockets during an NBA game at Oracle Arena on December 3, 2009 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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From the beginning of this game, the Warriors made two things very clear.  First, they were going to get everyone involved early in the offense.  This was apparent when the Warriors went to power forward David Lee for the first two possessions.  Lee scored the first two Warriors' baskets. 

The second thing that was clear is that both the Warriors' back-court and the Cavaliers' back-court were going to perform well.  Two players who stood out in this contest were Warriors guard Monta Ellis and Cavaliers newly-acquired point guard Baron Davis.  Both succeeded in filling the entire stat sheet.  Monta Ellis finished with 24 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocked shots. 

Former Warrior Baron Davis gave a respectable performance as well.  Davis finished with 19 points, five rebounds, six assists, three steals and one blocked shot.  Although Davis showed great leadership by leading the Cavaliers offense and getting his young teammates involved, the Cavaliers did not have the firepower to match the Warriors' offensive intensity, as the Warriors go on to win by the score of 95-85.

The remainder of the Warriors' offensive contributions came in the form of three players.  Stephen Curry nearly matched Monta Ellis's production by scoring 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and a blocked shot. 

Power forward David Lee scored an important double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.  Also, newly acquired small forward Al Thornton came off the bench and added nine points, three rebounds and an assist in only 19 minutes of playing time.

When Warriors head coach Keith Smart was asked about the difference in the Cavaliers since the arrival of former Warrior Baron Davis, Smart replied, "I see him doing the same things he did in Golden State with our big men, and on the [Los Angeles] Clippers with their big men.  He does a great job teaching the big men to be patient, and he [Baron Davis] will get the ball to them."

The Warriors, now 2-4 on this road trip, will play the last game of the seven-game road trip tomorrow night in New Jersey against the Nets.