CLEVELAND — Former Washington State standout Klay Thompson scored a career-high 32 points and the short-handed Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-95, on Tuesday night.
Golden State had three of its starters out – guard Stephen Curry (ankle), center Andrew Bogut (ankle) and forward Harrison Barnes (knee). Also, Carl Landry, one of the first players off the Warriors bench, didn’t play because of a shoulder injury.
Golden State, playing the finale of a four-game road trip, didn’t miss a beat. The Warriors shot 54 percent and made 11 of 16 of their 3-point attempts, including their first nine from beyond the arc.
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 in the second quarter and built a 16-point lead in the second half.
Thompson made 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.
Thompson was 13 of 24 from the field, including 6-for-8 on 3-pointers. Jarrett Jack, starting at point guard in place of Curry, had 26 points and 12 assists, and David Lee had 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Tristan Thompson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who fell short in their bid for their first four-game winning streak since late in the 2009-10 season.