With a smirk on his face, Klay Thompson sat quietly at his locker stall before Tuesday's game and tightly laced up his sneakers.
Asked if he was ready to launch 40 shots because the Warriors would be playing against Cleveland without three starters and two key reserves, Thompson said, "Locked and loaded."
Maybe the smirk was there because Thompson knew he wouldn't need 40 shots to be completely dominant in the Warriors' 108-95 victory over the Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Thompson scored a career-high 32 points on 13-for-24 shooting to go with seven rebounds, adequately filling the void left by the five missing players.
He had a career-high six three-pointers and didn't miss one until he confidently stepped into a jumper from the near the center-court tip circle with 2:38 remaining in the third quarter.
"It would have been very easy to chalk one up and say we were shorthanded, and we would have had every excuse to walk out of here with a loss," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. "But I challenged them, and they stepped up to the challenge."
Thompson's career-best 32 lifts Warriors
San Francisco Chronicle | Jan 30