The Washington Huskies made themselves feel at home Sunday night at Haas Pavilion.
And that was trouble for Cal.
Playing the wide-open, confident game they sometimes reserve for Bank of America Arena in Seattle, the Huskies regained the top spot in the Pac-10 with a 92-71 victory over the Golden Bears.
Washington (13-4, 5-1) scored 48 first-half points to shake off any hangover from Thursday night's 58-56 loss at Stanford and never slowed down.
Point guard Isaiah Thomas had 18 points and six assists by halftime and wound up torching the Bears (9-8, 2-3) for a season-high 27 points and career-best 13 assists in what Washington coach Lorenzo Romar called his best performance as a Husky.
Thomas made sure the game's fast tempo was just where Washington likes it.
The Huskies have averaged nearly 98 points while winning all nine of their home games. In four previous games on their opponent's floor, they were averaging only 66 points and shooting 28 percent from the 3-point line.
"We still scored 71 points. For us, that's decent," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "You're not going to beat anyone giving up 92."
Forward Harper Kamp expected to see the Huskies' best after watching their loss at Stanford.
"They didn't shoot the ball there, weren't very efficient. I figured they'd come out ready to fix that," he said. "Whatever they did worked. We kind of let them have it."
"They're a good team," Cal sophomore
The Huskies shot 13 for 29 from 3-point range, getting at least one each from seven players. Senior wing Justin Holiday made five from deep and scored a career-high 23 points. Senior forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning contributed 22 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.
The 5-foot-9 Thomas was a magician on the floor, contributing directly to 57 points. He sped past defenders with ease, pulled up and quick-released shots over them and made an assortment of passes to set up teammates, including a behind-the-back delivery to Holiday for a 3-pointer.
"Isaiah Thomas pretty much had his way," Montgomery said.
"He was the band conductor orchestrating that game," Romar said.
Kamp led the Bears with 20 points, freshman Allen Crabbe added 16, and freshman Richard Solomon scored a season-high 14 points off the bench. Crabbe is averaging 20 points over his past four games.
But the Bears were outrebounded 43-27, never got closer than 15 points in the second half and surrendered a season-high point total. It didn't help that they missed 13 free throws three nights after converting 21 of 25 in a victory over Washington State.
The highlight of the night from the Cal perspective may have been a pregame ceremony in which athletic director Sandy Barbour presented Montgomery with a special game ball, commemorating his 600th career victory Dec. 28 over Hartford.
Once the game began, it was all Washington.
"We had an opportunity to be right at the top of the league with a win tonight," Kamp said. "We've got to bring it at home."
Smith added: "We can't have any more nights like this."