Ex-Cougar Thompson scores 32 points in Golden State win


CLEVELAND — Tired, short-handed and eager to get home, the Golden State Warriors could have taken the night off.

Instead, they looked like a team that needs to be taken seriously.

Ex-Washington State standout Klay Thompson scored a career-high 32 points and the Warriors, playing without three starters and a key reserve, beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-95 Tuesday.

The Warriors were missing guard Stephen Curry (ankle), center Andrew Bogut (ankle) and forward Harrison Barnes (knee). Also, Carl Landry, one of the first players off the bench, didn’t play because of a shoulder injury.

In all, the Warriors were missing an average of 49.1 points and 19.5 rebounds, but that didn’t matter. Golden State shot 54 percent, including 11 for 16 on three-pointers as it hit the first nine from beyond the arc. The Warriors took control in the second quarter and built a 16-point lead in the second half.

Thompson made 13 of 24 shots from the field, including 6 of 8 three-point attempts. His previous career high was 31 points in a game against Sacramento on March 24.

“It wasn’t just me,” second-year player Thompson said. “My teammates found me, and we just played great tonight. We didn’t have four of our premier players, but it just shows the depth of our team.”

Golden State’s David Lee, who had 20 points and 13 rebounds, said, “No matter who is out there, we’re still going to play Warriors basketball. We could have mailed it in on the last game of a road trip, but everybody stepped up with a bunch of guys out.”

The Warriors played the finale of a four-game trip and were coming off a victory in Toronto on Monday.

Golden State’s Jarrett Jack, starting at point guard, had 26 points and 12 assists.

Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving, who missed the morning shootaround because he was sick, scored 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting.


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