Thompson leads short-handed Warriors past Cavs

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm •  Published: January 29, 2013
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"They just kicked our butts, to be honest with you," Irving said.

Tristan Thompson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland, and Dion Waiters also scored 18 points. The Cavaliers fell short in their bid for their first four-game winning streak since late in the 2009-10 season — LeBron James' final year with the team.

Klay Thompson was 13 of 24 from the field, including 6 for 8 on 3s.

"It wasn't just me," he 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."

Curry, who leads the Warriors with a 21-point average, didn't play after twisting his right ankle Monday. Jackson said he doesn't know how long Curry, who has had surgery on the ankle in each of the past two offseasons, will be out.

Bogut, who returned Monday after missing 38 games with an injury to his left ankle, likely won't play in back-to-back games until after the All-Star break. Barnes, a rookie, was out with a sore left knee sustained against Toronto while Landry, a forward off the bench, was sidelined with a bruised left shoulder that also occurred Monday.

Golden State raced to a 13-4 lead less than four minutes into the game. The Cavaliers regrouped and led 27-25 in the second quarter, but the Warriors regained control.

Klay Thompson hit three 3-pointers, a jump shot and a dunk to help the Warriors build a 13-point lead twice. Golden State led 55-44 and shot 59 percent, including making all six of their 3-point attempts, in the first half.

The Warriors' continued to pull away in the third quarter when Thompson hit two 3-pointers and scored 12 points. Golden State led 84-68 going into the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers, who rallied from a 20-point deficit to defeat Milwaukee on Friday, cut the lead to 97-89 with about three minutes to play, but Jack hit a 3-pointer and another basket, pushing the lead to 102-89.

NOTES: G Kent Bazemore, an undrafted rookie, scored a career-high nine points for Golden State. ... Jack tied a career high with his 12 assists. ... Cavaliers F Alonzo Gee was scoreless in 28 minutes. ... F Luke Walton (left foot and ankle) missed his second straight game. ... G Daniel Gibson (sprained right big toe) was also out. ... Following Friday's game in Detroit, Cleveland plays seven in a row at home.