Richard Jefferson Turns Back the Clock, Dunks All Over Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson

Bryan Brandom
(Photo: Getty Images)

The NBA's Christmas gift to its fans: a rematch of the Golden State WarriorsCleveland Cavaliers matchup of the 2016 NBA Finals that, like Game 7 of that series, came down to the wire.

But before arriving at said wire, some fireworks came from an unlikely source: 36-year-old Cavs wing Richard Jefferson.

The veteran reverted back to his high-flying New Jersey Nets days, drove on Dubs star Kevin Durant—who's new to this rivalry—and put the 2014 NBA MVP on a poster.

Officials actually awarded him a technical foul … for winking.

"I was a little bit surprised by [the technical], but I think they were trying to rein it in," Jefferson said.

But the tech didn't stop him from continuing his assault on Warriors stars. Next in his sights: Klay Thompson, during a Cavs fourth quarter comeback.

After trailing by as much as 14 in the final period, the Cavaliers completed their comeback on a sweet turnaround jumper from Kyrie Irving with three seconds left.

Durant fell over on the Warriors' final attempt, giving Cleveland the 109-108 victory.

The seven-time All-Star thought Jefferson fouled him on the play.

"I was trying to make a move," he said after the loss. "I didn't fall on my own."

Jefferson disagreed.

"We all think we're fouled on every play in every single game," Jefferson said. "That's why I say I know the referees have a very hard job. I switched to his body. He looked like he lost his balance. He was trying to regain his balance and as soon as I saw him start to stumble, I ran off."

Share on Twitter