It's hard to tell which should get most of the credit, the resilience and depth of the Warriors, or the noted ineptitude of the host Cavaliers. Either way, Golden State's 108-95 win Tuesday has a benchmark vibe. The Warriors beat the Cavaliers despite not having three starters and a key reserve. No Andrew Bogut (left ankle). No Stephen Curry (right ankle). No Harrison Barnes (left knee). No Carl Landry (left shoulder). As it turned out, the Warriors didn't need four of their top eight players. "It was very easy to chalk one up and say we were short-handed," Warriors coach Mark Jackson. "We had every excuse to walk out of here with a loss. I challenged them, and they stepped up to the challenge." Klay Thompson took advantage of the opportunity, lighting up Quicken Loans Arena for a career-high 32 points on 13-of-24 shooting. The Warriors got another good game from point guard Jarrett Jack, who totaled 26 points and 12 assists. The Warriors defense took care of the rest. The Cavaliers were held to 42.9 percent shooting. Cleveland star guard Kyrie Irving, who was questionable with flu-like symptoms, managed just 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting.
Without Stephen Curry and two other starters, Golden State Warriors get road win against Cleveland
Oakland Tribune | Jan 30