Waiters and Thompson combined for 40 points and sparked a critical run late in the third quarter that fueled the Cavaliers' 110-88 victory over the Nets on Monday.
LeBron James was his usual productive self, totaling 18 points, seven assists and three steals, and made headlines during warmups by wearing a black 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirt in reference to Eric Garner, the New York man who died earlier this year while being placed in a chokehold as he was being arrested.
James' teammate, Kyrie Irving, along with Brooklyn's Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams wore the same shirt, but when the ball was tipped, it was business as usual for the Cavs, who rolled to their seventh straight win behind its bench.
Waiters scored 26 points, Thompson finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds and fellow reserve James Jones chipped in 12 points in the convincing win.
Kevin Love posted a quiet double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds for the victors.
Garnett netted a team-high 14 points, while Williams checked in with 13 points and 11 assists for Brooklyn, which suffered its second straight lopsided loss.