But even before the rout was on and James had an excuse to be frustrated, he sent the reigning MVP flying with a two-armed shove to the chest in the first quarter.
Maybe it had something to do with the comments Curry made a day earlier.
"Obviously, walking in that locker room, it'll be good memories. Hopefully, it still smells a little bit like champagne," said the Warriors point guard.
Even if James' push to Curry wasn't retaliatory, it'd be hard to argue the same for J.R. Smith's flying shoulder deck of Harrison Barnes. Smith was ejected after receiving a flagrant 2.
Curry shot 12-of-18 in the game, scoring 35 to go with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals, playing just three quarters in the 132-98 victory.
In their only other meeting this season, the Cavs fell to Golden State in a much closer contest on Christmas.
"Against the top teams, you want to play well, and we haven't done that. We're 0-3," James said, referring to Golden State and the San Antonio Spurs, who beat Cleveland on Thursday. "Tonight was an example of how far we have to go to win a championship."