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.
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 night.
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 Golden State’s 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.
No matter who is out there, we’re still going to play Warriors basketball, said David Lee, had 20 points and 13 rebounds. 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 road trip and were coming off a victory in Toronto on Monday.
That’s a big-time win, Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. That’s a statement game for us.
Jarrett Jack, starting at point guard, had 26 points and 12 assists. I had to channel my inner Stephen Curry tonight, he said.
Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who missed the morning shootaround because he was sick, scored 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting in 36 minutes. Irving was selected as a reserve to the Eastern Conference All-Star team and was named the conference’s player of the week on Monday.
Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters both added 18 for the Cavs.
BUCKS 117, PISTONS 90: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Brandon Jennings scored 20 of his 30 points in the third quarter, leading Milwaukee over Detroit.
Mike Dunleavy had 17 points and Monta Ellis added 14 for the Bucks.
Rookie Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit, while Greg Monroe scored 14 points. Drummond became just the second teenager to have an 18-18 game since 1985-86, joining Dwight Howard.
The Pistons led by 15 points late in the first quarter but were outscored 78-40 over the next 25 minutes.