Klay Thompson scores 60 for War­riors in rout of Pac­ers

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Klay Thompson had 60 points, an NBA sea­son high and the most by a Golden State player in more than 42 years, as the War­riors whipped the In­di­ana Pac­ers 142 -106 on Mon­day night. Thompson scored 40 by half­time in just 18-plus min­utes. He had a ca­reer-best 60 points through three quar­ters and called it a night, sit­ting down with 1:22 left in the pe­riod as fans jumped to their feet for an ex­tended ova­tion. Thompson joined Hall of Famers Wilt Cham­ber­lain, Rick Barry and Joe Fulks as the only War­riors to score 60 points in a game. Barry was the last to do so, go­ing off for 64 on March 26, 1974, against Port­land. Thompson shot 21 for 33 and 8 of 14 on 3-poin­t­ers - 15 of 22 with five 3s in the first two quar­ters and con­verted 10 of 11 free throws in 29 min­utes. Kevin Du­rant added 20 points, eight re­bounds and four as­sists for Golden State in an­other dis­play of im­pres­sive pass­ing. The War­riors’ 15 first-quar­ter as­sists matched a club record and they wound up with 45 to­tal - two off the fran­chise mark they set Nov. 24 against the Lak­ers.


Rus­sell West­brook ex­tended his streak of triple­dou­bles to six games, lead­ing Ok­la­homa City over skid­ding At­lanta. West­brook scored 32 points, grabbed 13 re­bounds and dished out 12 as­sists, giv­ing him the NBA’s long­est streak of triple-dou­bles since Michael Jor­dan had seven in a row in 1989. West­brook’s run has sparked a six-game win­ning streak by the Thun­der. He has reached dou­ble fig­ures in all three cat­e­gories in half of the Thun­der’s 22 games. By con­trast, Jor­dan had 15 triple-dou­bles for the en­tire 1988-89 sea­son. De­spite a poor start shoot­ing, West­brook al­ready had 15 points and 11 re­bounds when he picked up his 10th as­sist with 6:20 left in the third quar­ter. At­lanta ral­lied down the stretch, but West­brook closed it out for the Thun­der. He fin­ished with 27 sec­ond-half points to send the Hawks to their sev­enth straight loss and 10th de­feat in the last 11 games. It’s the long­est los­ing streak for the Hawks since they dropped eight in a row in Fe­bru­ary 2014.


LeBron James scored 34 points and Cleve­land over­came an in­jury to J.R. Smith to snap their three-game los­ing streak with a vic­tory over Toronto. Smith in­jured his left knee in the first quar­ter af­ter land­ing on a jump shot and hob­bled to the dress­ing room in con­sid­er­able pain. He did not re­turn, and the Cava­liers said X-rays taken at the arena were neg­a­tive and that the guard would re­turn to Cleve­land on Tues­day for fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion. DeMar DeRozan had 31 points and Kyle Lowry added 24 for Toronto, which had its sixgame win­ning streak snapped. The win was the Cava­liers’ third straight this sea­son against the Rap­tors, the team they beat in last sea­son’s East­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nals. It also pre­vented Toronto from leapfrog­ging Cleve­land into first place in the con­fer­ence. Kevin Love had 28 points and 14 re­bounds. Kyrie Irv­ing added 24 points, his ca­reer­high 10th straight game with at least 20.


James Harden scored 37 points and Al Hor­ford missed a shot just be­fore the buzzer, al­low­ing Hous­ton to hold off Bos­ton. The game was tied be­fore Harden scored five straight points to make it 107-102 with less than a minute re­main­ing. Avery Bradley made a jump shot and Harden re­ceived a fla­grant 1 foul for el­bow­ing Mar­cus Smart in the face. Smart made both free throws be­fore Isa­iah Thomas missed a layup. But Hous­ton knocked the ball out of bounds with 5.2 se­conds left, giv­ing Bos­ton one last chance. Hor­ford drove into the lane, but his shot rolled off the rim and Harden grabbed it to se­cure the vic­tory. Hor­ford had 21 points and Thomas added 20 for the Celtics. It was the ninth 30-point game this sea­son for Harden, who also had eight as­sists and seven re­bounds.


LaMar­cus Aldridge was cred­ited for the goa­head bas­ket with 21.2 se­conds left af­ter Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo was whis­tled for goal­tend­ing, com­plet­ing San An­to­nio’s rally from 15 points down against Mil­wau­kee. The Bucks had one last shot to re­take the lead, but Mirza Tele­tovic missed an open 3-pointer from the right corner with 3.9 se­conds left. Aldridge se­cured the re­bound and the Spurs ran out the clock. San An­to­nio ex­tended its sea­son-open­ing road win­ning streak to 12 games. Aldridge had 18 points. Kawhi Leonard fin­ished with 22 points and nine boards. Jabari Parker had 23 points, pick­ing up the slack for much of the fourth quar­ter for the Bucks with An­te­tok­oun­mpo on the bench with five fouls. An­te­tok­oun­mpo fin­ished with 22 points and 11 re­bounds.


Damian Lil­lard had 30 points and seven as­sists, CJ McCol­lum scored 24 and Port­land beat Chicago for its third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. Allen Crabbe added 17 points for the Trail Blaz­ers, who opened a five-game trip with their fourth win in five games. Mau­rice Hark­less had 11 and Evan Turner fin­ished with 10, pro­vid­ing a nice boost in the fourth quar­ter. Dwyane Wade scored 34 points for the Bulls, and Jimmy But­ler fin­ished with 26 points, seven re­bounds and five as­sists. Chicago played with­out point guard Ra­jon Rondo, sus­pended one game for con­duct detri­men­tal to the team. There was no pub­lic in­di­ca­tion from the Bulls on what trig­gered Rondo’s sus­pen­sion. He is ex­pected to re­turn Tues­day night in Detroit.


Marc Ga­sol had 28 points, in­clud­ing a ty­ing 3pointer with 7 se­conds left in reg­u­la­tion, to go with 11 re­bounds and 11 as­sists, and Mem­phis out­lasted New Or­leans in dou­ble over­time. Ga­sol blocked two shots, in­clud­ing one by Ter­rence Jones that could have given the Pelicans the lead in the fi­nal se­conds of the first over­time. And the Spa­niard’s 17-foot jumper with 1:16 left in the sec­ond OT wound up be­ing the win­ning bas­ket. Troy Daniels hit seven 3s and fin­ished with 29 points for Mem­phis, in­clud­ing a ty­ing 3 with 15 se­conds left in the first over­time. An­thony Davis had 28 points and 17 re­bounds for New Or­leans. Langston Gal­loway hit six 3s and scored a sea­son-high 26 points, but missed a corner 3 that could have won it as the sec­ond ex­tra pe­riod ended. Tony Allen had 19 points, 14 re­bounds and three steals for the Griz­zlies, who have won three straight de­spite hav­ing a hand­ful of reg­u­lars in­jured.


Kemba Walker scored 19 points, Ni­co­las Ba­tum had 14 points and 15 re­bounds, and Char­lotte came back to de­feat Dal­las. The Hor­nets took ad­van­tage of a knee in­jury to Mav­er­icks cen­ter An­drew Bogut late in the first quar­ter to dom­i­nate the paint and the boards in ral­ly­ing from an 11point, third-quar­ter deficit. Marco Be­linelli scored 12 of his 16 points in the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing the team’s first two 3-poin­t­ers af­ter the Hor­nets missed their first 14 from long range. Six Hor­nets scored in dou­ble fig­ures. Har­ri­son Barnes scored 29 points for Dal­las, and Deron Wil­liams had his first dou­ble­dou­ble of the sea­son with 15 points and 13 as­sists.

JAZZ 107, LAK­ERS 101

Gor­don Hay­ward scored 23 points and Utah over­came the ab­sence of ill coach Quin Sny­der to beat Los An­ge­les for its sixth win in seven games. Lou Wil­liams had 38 points, six re­bounds and seven as­sists for the Lak­ers, who ral­lied in the fourth quar­ter and nearly stole a vic­tory de­spite fin­ish­ing their eighth loss in 11 games with­out five in­jured reg­u­lars. Rod­ney Hood scored 16 points and hit two dif­fi­cult shots in the wan­ing min­utes to keep the Jazz on track to win their only road game in a nine-game stretch. Vet­eran as­sis­tant Igor Kokoskov ran the Jazz for Sny­der, who fell ill ear­lier in the day and de­cided he couldn’t coach shortly be­fore game time. Utah’s bus also got stuck in traf­fic and ar­rived late at Sta­ples Cen­ter. Two nights af­ter scor­ing 40 points in Mem­phis, Wil­liams put to­gether the first back-to­back 30 point games of his 12-year NBA ca­reer.

NUGGETS 106, 76ERS 98

Danilo Gal­li­nari scored 24 points and Will Bar­ton had 22, in­clud­ing a big 3-pointer late, to lead Den­ver over Philadel­phia. Ja­mal Mur­ray added 22 points for the Nuggets, who won for the sec­ond time in seven games. Er­san Ilyasova, Ser­gio Rodriguez and Dario Saric all had 17 points for the 76ers, who cul­mi­nated a four-game home­s­tand with their sev­enth straight de­feat.

WIZ­ARDS 118, NETS 113

John Wall scored 25 points, in­clud­ing 11 in the fourth quar­ter, as Wash­ing­ton ral­lied to beat Brook­lyn. Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. had 18 points apiece and Marki­eff Mor­ris added 16 for the Wiz­ards. Brook Lopez scored 25 and Sean Kil­patrick had 21 for the Nets. Beal’s 3-pointer gave the Wiz­ards a 107-106 lead with 3:27 left, and Wall scored five con­sec­u­tive points to up the ad­van­tage to 112-106. Brook­lyn pulled to 116-113 with 39 se­conds left and had a chance to tie. But then Beal stole the ball from Joe Har­ris, the Nets’ 22nd and fi­nal turnover of the game. The Wiz­ards trailed by 16 in the first half and 66-51 at half­time be­fore scor­ing the first 13 points of the third quar­ter. —AP

OAK­LAND: Golden State War­riors’ Klay Thompson, left, lays up a shot against In­di­ana Pac­ers’ Kevin Seraphin (1) dur­ing the third quar­ter of an NBA bas­ket­ball game Mon­day, in Oak­land, Calif. — AP

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