x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

NBA: Winning feat from Klay as Golden State coast to win over Cleveland

Klay Thompson scored a career-high points total as the Warriors powered to a 108-95 victory over Cleveland.

Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes rises for a slam dunk against the Toronto Raptors.
Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes rises for a slam dunk against the Toronto Raptors.

Klay Thompson scored a career-high 32 points, including a personal best six 3-pointers, to power the Golden State Warriors to a 108-95 victory over Cleveland.

Thompson hit 13-of-24 shots from the field, including a 6-of-8 showing from beyond the 3-point arc, as the Warriors won for the fifth time in seven games despite the absence of Stephen Curry with an ankle injury.

Golden State was also without Australian centre Andrew Bogut, who returned to the line-up on Monday after missing 38 games but was benched to rest a surgically repaired ankle, as well as Carl Landry and Harrison Barnes.

"We could have just laid down when we didn't have four of our premier players but we had bench guys come in and do big things," Thompson said. "It shows the depth of this team."

The Los Angeles Lakers continued to build on their recent momentum with a 111-106 win over the New Orleans Hornets, as the home team staved off a late rally to register a third consecutive victory.

Kobe Bryant dished out 11 assists and Dwight Howard scored 24 points as Los Angeles, comfortably in control at 98-80 midway through the fourth quarter, almost blew the win when the Hornets put together a 16-2 run in the closing stages.

New Orleans pulled to within 102-101 in the final two minutes before Bryant found Earl Clark for a score and Steve Nash calmly sank a three-pointer to open up some breathing room.

After a well-publicised team meeting to address the group's struggles last week, Los Angeles (20-25) appear to have found a new lease of life.

Eric Gordon top-scored for the Hornets (15-30) with 25 points while Greivis Vasquez added 15 points and 15 assists as the visitors lost for the third time in their last four games.

Brandon Jennings scored 30 points as the Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the Detroit Pistons 117-90 and the Portland Trail Blazers overturned a 21-point third-quarter deficit to edge out the Dallas Mavericks 106-104.


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