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OAKLAND, Calif. The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers renewed hostilities at Oracle Arena on Monday afternoon for the first time since the Warriors claimed their second championship canada goose uk head office in three seasons canada goose outlet cheap on this court in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals.

In the centerpiece of the NBA’s five game slate on Christmas, the Warriors and Cavaliers didn’t disappoint, playing with an energy and intensity rarely seen during the regular season and delivering a thriller that ended with, in a battle that could precede as many as eight more showdowns between these basketball giants.

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Replays left the impression that both plays could have been called fouls, though James only took issue with the second one when Durant blocked a shot off James’s hands and out of bounds, giving the ball back to the Warriors after a replay review with 24.5 seconds left. Durant’s play prevented Cleveland from getting a shot at tying the score.

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“It felt clean,” Durant said. “It’s probably the same play a bunch of those dudes on Twitter are probably arguing about in 24 Hour Fitness, that it wasn’t a foul. They’ve been in that position before but just not on Christmas at the Oracle Arena.

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The absences because of injury of Stephen Curry for Golden State and Isaiah Thomas for Cleveland loomed large. There were, though, impressive contributions from newcomers on both sides. Golden State’s rookie center, Jordan Bell, got a surprise start Canada Goose online and made the play of the game by grabbing a key offensive rebound to set up Thompson’s go ahead three with 1:33 remaining. Cleveland forward Jae Crowder provided both the floor spacing (15points) canada goose outlet jackets and defensive versatility that made him a key part of the package the Cavaliers got from the Boston Celtics for Kyrie Irving canada goose outlet in winnipeg in this summer’s blockbuster trade.

“It was a feel out,” James said. “It was a great game, I think, for our fans and for both teams to see where they are. Both teams were missing very, very key pieces, obviously, but the game was great.