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Thompson powers Warriors over Cavaliers

Top NBA official fires daughter in wake of criticism over his hiring practices

  • AFP
  • Published: 13:03 January 30, 2013
  • Gulf News

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  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tyler Zeller (right) tries to stop Golden State Warriors’ Richard Jefferson during the third quarter on Tuesday. The Warriors won 108-95.

Cleveland, Ohio: Klay Thompson scored a career-high 32 points, including a personal best six 3-pointers, to power the Golden State Warriors over Cleveland 108-95 in an NBA game on Tuesday.

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.”

At 28-17, the Warriors have not started so well so deep into an NBA season since the 1991-1992 campaign.

Executive director Billy Hunter has fired his daughter and daughter-in-law from the NBA players’ association, less than two weeks after a review criticised his hiring practices.

In a letter to the union’s special committee of players, dated January 23, Hunter informed them that Robyn Hunter was to be let go as of January 25. Megan Inaba will stay on through the All-Star break to help coordinate activities in Houston before leaving her job on February 17.

“Hopefully this decision will alleviate any concerns raised by their employment,” Hunter wrote. “These measures are being taken although the report noted that both of them were highly qualified, not overpaid, and were contributing members of the NBPA staff.”

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Golden State 108, Cleveland 95

Milwaukee 117, Detroit 90

Portland 106, Dallas 104

L.A. Lakers 111, New Orleans 106

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