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                   === Thompson leads Warriors past Cavs ===
 Cleveland,  OH (Sports Network) - Klay Thompson had no problem shouldering the
 scoring load for Golden State with Stephen Curry out nursing an injured ankle.
 Making  a  career-best six  3-pointers, Thompson  set a  personal high with 32
 points  to lead  the Warriors to a 108-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers
 on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
 Thompson  hit 13-of-24  shots from  the field  -- missing  just two  from long
 distance  -- as  Golden State  captured  its fifth  win in  seven contests  to
 notch its best start through 45 games (28-17) since the 1991-92 season.
 The  Warriors were also without Harrison Barnes (knee), Carl Landry (shoulder)
 and  Andrew Bogut,  who returned  to  the lineup  after a  38-game absence  on
 Monday, but sat to rest his surgically repaired ankle on the second night of a
 "We  could  have just layed  it down  when we didn't  have four of our premier
 players  but we had  bench guys come in and do big things," said Thompson. "It
 shows the depth of this team."
 Jarrett  Jack added  26 points to go  with 12 assists and David Lee tallied 20
 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in the victory.
 Kyrie  Irving came  into  the contest  scorching hot,  but  played through  an
 illness  on  Tuesday  and  scored  just 14  points  on  5-of-17  shooting  for
 Cleveland,  which  saw its  three-game winning  streak come to  an end. He had
 scored at least 30 in each of his past three games.
 "I  just  wasn't myself out  there in  terms of my  mental focus but that's no
 excuse,"  said Irving. "I  don't want to make any excuses. There were a lot of
 defensive  lapses.  I lost Klay  Thompson a  few times and  tried to get up on
 Jarrett Jack but they just kicked our butts tonight."
 Tristan  Thompson  totaled 18 points  and 11  rebounds, while Dion Waiters and
 Tyler Zeller finished with 18 and 16 points, respectively, in the setback.
 The  Warriors,  who shot  53.6 percent  for the  game, shot  an even better 59
 percent in first half.
 Burying all four of his 3-point attempts, Thompson scored 18 points and helped
 Golden  State close out  the half on a 21-12 run to take a 55-44 lead into the
 locker room.
 Thompson  added 12  more points  in the  third, as  his second  triple of  the
 quarter extended the Warriors' advantage to 15 at 72-57.
 Golden State converted 11-of-16 from beyond the arc for the night.
 A  C.J. Miles  3-pointer helped cut the  Cavaliers deficit to nine at the 4:05
 mark,  but Cleveland  didn't  make another  field  goal for  the  rest of  the
 quarter.  They  shot just 34.8  percent (8-for-23) in  the period and would go
 into the fourth trailing 84-68.
 Cleveland  fell behind  by as many as  16 before reducing its deficit to 97-89
 with  3:26 remaining. However, Jack responded with a triple and then a running
 jumper  to push  the Warriors' edge back  to double-digits for the rest of the
                                   Game Notes
 The  Warriors  are 15-5  against Eastern Conference  opponents this season ...
 Golden  State has  beaten Cleveland five straight times ... The Cavaliers have
 not had a four-game winning streak since LeBron James left for Miami following
 the  2010 season ... The Cavaliers fell to 6-13 at home, where they will place
 seven of their next eight games.
 01/29 22:50:16 ET

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