Thompson, Curry outshine Westbrook
LOS ANGELES: Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry outshined Russell Westbrook as the Golden State Warriors romped to victory against Oklahoma City on Monday, while James Harden produced another heroic display to hand Houston a dramatic win over Denver.
Triple-double machine Westbrook was effectively stifled by the Warriors’ potent offense and defense, restricted to only 15 points in front of an expectant home crowd at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Instead it was reigning NBA MVP Curry and teammate Thompson who got on top, raining down three-pointers as the Warriors recorded a 111-95 victory.
Thompson poured on 34 points – including seven threepointers – while Curry weighed in with 23 points, also contributing seven three-pointers.
“I’ve been playing well the last few games. Got a lot of great looks today. It’s as simple as knocking them down,” Thompson said afterwards.
Westbrook meanwhile brushed off the defeat as a bad day at the office.
“Just one of those nights,” he said. “Shots didn’t fall. They made shots as well. A few mishaps defensively. But we’ll be all right.”
The Thunder star had been at the centre of an ugly shoving match with Curry in the second quarter when tempers flared.
The flashpoint triggered a melee that ended with Westbrook, Curry and two other players receiving technical fouls.
The Warriors improved to 5614 with the win as the Thunder fell to 40-30.
The Houston Rockets cemented their grip on third place in the Western Conference standings with a thrilling victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Harden settled the duel 125124 with a last-gasp coast-tocoast layup after pouncing on a loose shoot from Nuggets guard Jameer Nelson.
It was the final act of another virtuoso display from Harden, who finished with 39 points as the Rockets improved to 49-22.
“I was running so fast, I felt like Usain Bolt,” Harden said of his electrifying late break effort that clinched victory with 4.2 seconds on the clock. AFP