Thomp­son, Curry out­shine West­brook

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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