THOMPSON HELPS WARRIORS WIN WITHOUT CURRY
houston » Klay Thompson scored 38 points and Draymond Green had a triple- double as the Warriors overcame Stephen Curry’s absence to beat the Rockets 114- 110 on Thursday night.
Golden State was blown out by Dallas onWednesday night for just its second loss of the season when Curry missed his first game sinceMarch because of a sore left lower leg. But theWarriors were able to outlast the Rockets thanks to the big game by Thompson, who made six 3s.
Houston cut it to three on a jump shot by James Harden with about five minutes left before Golden State scored the next six points— highlighted by an alleyoop dunk from Andrew Bogut— to make it 111- 102.
Green contributed a careerhigh 16 assists and added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Andre Drummond had 23 points and 18 rebounds and former Palmer High School star Reggie Jackson added 19 points and nine assists, leading the Pistons to a 115- 90 victory over the Timberwolves. Kentavious CaldwellPope scored 22 points for the Pistons. Karl- Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 22 points and nine rebounds. … Khris Middleton scored 33 points as the Bucks beat the Pacers 120- 116. GregMonroe added 23 points forMilwaukee, which shot 58 percent from the field. … J. J. Redick scored 26 points for a second straight night, Chris Paul closed out a poor shooting performance with pivotal plays in the final minutes, and the Clippers concluded an unbeaten five- game road trip with a 95- 89 victory over the Pelicans. … RussellWestbrook had 36 points and 12 assists as the Thunder beat Phoenix 110106 for the Suns’ seventh consecutive loss. Kevin Durant scored 23 points for Oklahoma City, which has won three straight and 12- of- 14. … Trey Burke scored a season- high 27 points, and the Jazz cruised past the Trail Blazers 109- 96. Gordon Hayward had 23 points and 10 rebounds for his second doubledouble of the season.
Duncan to return. Tim Duncan will play Saturday when San Antonio hosts the Rockets after missing the previous three games. Duncan sat out the Spurs’ winMonday against Minnesota for rest, but he missed the next two home games because of soreness in his right knee.