Warriors cool off high-fly­ing Bucks, Nets sur­prise Rap­tors

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Stephen Curry and Klay Thomp­son com­bined for 40 points as the Golden State Warriors avenged a Novem­ber loss to the Mil­wau­kee Bucks with a 105-95 vic­tory on Fri­day.

Thomp­son and Curry each scored 20 points as the vis­it­ing Warriors put on a shoot­ing clinic down the stretch against Mil­wau­kee, the NBA’s high­est scor­ing team.

The same teams met on Novem­ber 8 with the Bucks com­ing out on top 134-111.

An­dre Iguo­dala chipped in a sea­son-high 15 points for Golden State, who wrapped up a five-game road trip with their third con­sec­u­tive win.

“We have guys who can knock down shots, and our su­per­stars put us in po­si­tion to make shots tonight,” Iguo­dala said.

The Warriors pulled away in the sec­ond half with a burst of three point­ers. The Warriors went six of nine from beyond the arc in a six-minute stretch to build an 11point lead. Golden State shot 41 per­cent (19 of 46) from long dis­tance.

The Bucks couldn’t match that shoot­ing, mak­ing just seven of 39 (18 per­cent) from three-point ter­ri­tory.

The Warriors led 57-51 at the half, hit­ting nine of 20 from three-point range and get­ting 18 as­sists on 22 field goals.

Else­where, D’An­gelo Rus­sell scored 29 points as the Brook­lyn Nets beat the Toronto Rap­tors for the first time in more than three years with a 106-105 over­time win.

Rus­sell car­ried the host Nets on his back in over­time, scor­ing all but two of his team’s points as they snapped an eight game los­ing skid. He fin­ished with six points in over­time.

Brook­lyn picked an op­por­tune time to snap its 12-game slide against Toronto.

Jar­rett Allen made the go-ahead bas­ket for the Nets with a lit­tle more than a minute left, their only bas­ket in over­time not made by Rus­sell.

Toronto tried but failed to get the ball to Kawhi Leonard on its fi­nal pos­ses­sion and had to set­tle for Fred VanVleet’s three­p­ointer that just missed. Leonard fin­ished with 32 points.

“I know ev­ery­body would have prob­a­bly liked Kawhi or Kyle (Lowry) to take that shot, the last shot, in­clud­ing me, but they both made great plays,” said VanVleet.

Lowry fin­ished with 11 as­sists but was just one of eight from the field.

Spencer Din­wid­die scored 17 points for Brook­lyn while Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas added 24 points for the Rap­tors.

Brook­lyn led by seven points with five min­utes left in the fourth quar­ter but then VanVleet drained a three and Leonard scored six straight to give the Rap­tors a 96-94 lead with two and a half min­utes re­main­ing.

With seven sec­onds to go, Leonard blocked Din­wid­die’s shot to force over­time.

Rus­sell had the first two bas­kets in the ex­tra ses­sion, Leonard made the next two, and the Nets even­tu­ally pre­vailed in a close con­test. - AFP

Klay Thomp­son #11 and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors ex­change a high five. - AFP photo

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