Warriors 108, Cavaliers 95By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Tue, Jan 29, 2013 9:40 PM EST
CLEVELAND -- Golden State guard Klay Thompson put on a shooting display on Tuesday. He exploited the Cavaliers for a career-high 32 points in the Warriors' 108-95 win at Quicken Loans Arena. Thompson was perfect on his first six 3-pointers before missing an attempt with 2:39 left in the third quarter. The 6-foot-7, 205-pounder from Washington State converted 13 of 24 shots from the floor, 6 of 8 from behind the arc. He added seven rebounds. The win snapped the Cavs' three-game winning streak. Point guard Jarrett Jack, stepping in for the injured Stephen Curry, was added 26 points and a game-high 12 assists. He was called "one heck of a security blanket" by Cavs coach Byron Scott before the game. Golden State's starting guards were a combined 24 of 42 from the field, 9 of 12 from the 3-point line. Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving didn't play with his usual spunk. He was questionable for the game with a virus and he had missed the team's shoot-around. However, after warming up before the game, he decided to play. Perhaps, the Eastern Conference Player of the Week wanted to continue his hot shooting, better than 60 percent, in the previous three games. He finished with 14 points -- 10 under his average. He added three rebounds and four assists. He was 5 of 17 from the field. The Warriors (28-17) were playing without four important players and it didn't matter. They shot 54 percent from the field and clamped down on the Cavs on defense. Golden State was missing center Andrew Bogut (they're holding him out of back-to-back games), Curry (ankle), forward Harrison Barnes (knee) and key reserve Carl Landry (shoulder). The Warriors took control of the game in the second quarter, when they rode Thompson's hot shooting en route to a 32-21 edge. They were in command at halftime, 55-44. Thompson, whose brother Mychel played for the Cavs briefly in 2011-12, scored 13 points in the second quarter. The Warriors shot 65 percent in the second quarter (13 of 20). Warriors power forward David Lee, a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star team, ended with his customary double-double. He ended with 20 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and eight assists. For the Cavs (13-33), power forward Tristan Thompson recorded his 17th double-double on the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. He suffered a contusion on his left middle finger. X-rays were negative. Guard Dion Waiters added 18 points and seven assists. Small forward Alonzo Gee was the only Cavs' starter not to reach double figures in scoring. He was held scoreless in 28 minutes. Center Tyler Zeller ended with 16 points, three rebounds and matched his career high with five assists. His layup with 2 seconds left in the first quarter knotted the score at 23. Lee and and Jack each had six points for the Warriors in the opening quarter. NOTES: During the 1994-95 season, Mark Jackson and Byron Scott were guards on the Indiana Pacers. On Tuesday, they were opposing coaches at Quicken Loans Arena. Scott, now the Cavs' head coach, said he never once heard Jackson say he wanted to coach. Conversely, Warriors coach Jackson had an inkling Scott would coach someday. ... Cavs shooting guard Dion Waiters doesn't know why his numbers are better when he comes off the bench than when he's a starter. "He's more comfortable," Scott said. "He has better rhythm. We put the ball in his hands. It's something he'll figure it out. We put him in a lot of pick-and-rolls and tell him to be in attack mode." In 28 games in the starting lineup before Tuesday, Waiters averaged 13.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He was shooting 36.2 percent from the field and 32.5 percent from the 3-point arc. In nine games off the bench, he's averaged 17.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists with a 43.8 percent shooting percentage and a 32 percent 3-point success rate. ... The Warriors are much improved on the defensive end. "You don't stumble into being a good defensive team," Jackson said.
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