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In the latest installment of the NBA's biggest rivalry, the Golden State Warriors once again got the better of the Cleveland Cavaliers as they secured a 118-108 win on the road.

After beating the Cavs on Christmas Day, the defending champions have now swept their season series with the Ohio-based outfit and can't meet again until the Finals.

Kevin Durant was once again a dominant factor in this contest as he posted a team-high 32 points on 9-of-16 shooting, with 16 coming in the third quarter.

The Cavaliers managed to hang with the defending champions through three quarters but went cold in the fourth as they missed 17 of 23 shots and the Warriors capitalised.

Durant and LeBron James once again enjoyed an epic duel as the league's best two players went head to head and produced terrific individual displays.

Like KD, James finished with 32 points but it was the Dubs small forward who once again emerged victoriously.

As well as getting the win over his counterpart, Durant produced arguably the highlight play of the night at the expense of the King.

After Cleveland turned the ball over, the reigning Finals MVP received a pass on the fastbreak and only had LeBron to beat to get to the basket.

He managed to do it in some style as he aggressively got up to throw down a vicious dunk on the Cavs superstar.

In fairness, James made a smart business decision and elected not to try and challenge the airborne Durant but didn't do enough to avoid being on his poster.

The first half saw little defence being played by both teams which led to many fastbreak opportunities and easy baskets.

But the Cavaliers have been awful defensively all year whereas the Warriors can clamp down and get stops when they need to and that's what they did in the fourth quarter as they pulled away.

"At home, we just relax a little bit," Durant said, per ESPN. "This is who we are when we're on the road."

Cleveland Cavaliers v Golden State Warriors

This was the first time the Wine and Gold had faced the Dubs with Isaiah Thomas in the lineup and the Golden State superstar doesn't believe this matchup is a reflection of what they could be like if they do meet for a fourth consecutive Finals.

"Everyone knows it's going to take a while to get into a comfortable groove here," he said. "It's a new system, so I don't think this game was any indication of what's going to happen with this team down the line. They'll be much better than they are right now -- and we all know that."

The Warriors have now won eight of their last nine games whereas Cleveland has lost four on the bounce and both teams appear to be heading in opposite directions and this encounter has been a one-sided affair too often in recent games.

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Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference

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