The Golden State Warriors were down three starters in Stephen Curry (ankle), Andrew Bogut (ankle), and Harrison Barnes (knee) but they still managed to dismantle a Cleveland Cavaliers squad, defeating them by the score of 108-95 on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. With the loss the Cavaliers fall to 13-33 on the season while the Warriors improve to 28-17.
Tristan Thompson led the Cavaliers with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Dion Waiters added 18 points and seven assists. Kyrie Irving, who missed practice and the pre-game shoot around due to illness, was held to just 14 points on the night. Marreese Speights added 12 points and five rebounds to lead Cleveland’s bench effort.
Even in the absence of three starters, Golden State came away looking strong led by Klay Thompson with 32 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks on the night. Jarrett Jack added 26 points and 12 assists while David Lee contributed 20 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in the Warriors’ win.
Coach Byron Scott stated at the post-game press conference:
“I just didn’t think that we had the energy tonight. We just didn’t play with that energy and sense of urgency for whatever reason. I thought they came out aggressive and we just seemed like we were on our heels all night long.”
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