Thompson leads way in third quarter as Warriors beat Spurs
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 25 points, 10 coming in the third quarter to help Golden State pull away, and the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 122-105 on Saturday night.
Stephen Curry added 17 points and eight assists as coach Steve Kerr earned his 250th career coaching victory. Draymond Green had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in another well-rounded outing — and his first technical-free game in the last three.
Kerr became the fastest to 250 coaching wins in NBA history, doing so in 302 games. That tops his former coach, Phil Jackson, who reached the mark in 346 games. Yet Kerr, the 2016 NBA Coach of the Year, received 39 victories during a leave of absence following complications from back surgery at the start of the 2015-16 season, when then-top assistant and current Lakers coach Luke Walton coached Golden State.
Zaza Pachulia scored 12 points on his 34th birthday and Kevin Durant was limited to a season-low 10 points in a rare cold night from the floor at 3 of 9, but had six rebounds and dished out six assists.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyle Anderson led San Antonio with 20 points apiece, while Manu Ginobili had 13 points and six assists off the bench for the Spurs.
Pelicans 138, Nets 128, 2 OTs
NEW YORK — Anthony Davis had 44 points and 17 rebounds, Rajon Rondo had a triple-double, and the New Orleans Pelicans recovered after blowing a 28-point lead to beat the Brooklyn Nets in two overtimes.
Rondo finished with 25 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds as the Pelicans snapped a three-game losing streak. Nikola Mirotic had 21 points and 16 boards, and Jrue Holiday chipped in 22 points.
Allen Crabbe made eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points for the Nets, who have lost their last four games.
Spencer Dinwiddie chipped in 24 points and 10 rebounds, and D’Angelo Russell came off the bench with 21 points and nine assists.
New Orleans led by 28 points in the third quarter when the Nets, who looked flat in the first half, launched their wild comeback, sending the game into overtime on Crabbe’s 3-pointer with 12 seconds left in regulation.
Crabbe continued his hot shooting, connecting on two more 3s to open up the first overtime session, giving the Nets a 122-118 lead with 2:28 left.
But the Pelicans came back to force the second OT on a jumper by Holiday.
Bucks 111, Magic 104
ORLANDO, Fla. — Giannis Antetokounpo had 32 points and Jason Terry came off the bench to score 11 points in the second half in the Milwaukee Bucks’ victory over the Orlando Magic.
A couple of 3-pointers by the 40-year-old Terry put the Bucks ahead to stay late in the third quarter, although the game stayed close until Antetokounpo’s three-point play made it 107-100 with 45.7 seconds left. Milwaukee stayed ahead by hitting 13 of 20 shots in the fourth quarter, winning for the eighth time in 10 games.
Mario Hezonja led Orlando with 23 points. Evan Fournier added 20, and Shelvin Mack had 19.
Khris Middleton had 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee.
The Bucks (31-24) won for the sixth straight time in the second game of a back-to-back.
The Magic missed 14 straight 3-point shots and saw their three-game winning streak broken.
Mack made all six of his shots in the first half, including a couple of 3-pointers, in leading Orlando to a 54-50 halftime lead.
Hezonja scored nine of Orlando’s first 11 points, and a couple of free throws by D.J. Augustin with 3:31 left in the second quarter gave the Magic a nine-point lead, the biggest for either team until the Bucks matched it in the fourth quarter.
76ers 112, Clippers 98
PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had 29 points and tied a career high with 16 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Los Angeles Clippers for their third straight victory.
JJ Redick and T.J. McConnell each had 17 points for the 76ers, who were 10 of 17 (58.8 percent) from 3-point range in the first half and shot 55.1 percent overall to lead 69-55 at halftime. Ben Simmons had 14 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.
The Sixers cooled off in the third, going 1 for 10 from 3, and committed five turnovers, allowing the Clippers to creep within six and enter the fourth down 85-78.
Los Angeles got within 95-93 with 5 minutes left, but a tough shot by McConnell in the paint and Redick’s 3-pointer were part on an 8-0 spurt that sealed it. The Sixers ended the game on a 17-5 run.
Wizards 101, Bulls 90
CHICAGO — Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls.
Satoransky’s career night, though, was cut short. He fell hard to the court and hit his head after being fouled with 2¢ minutes left in the game. He was taken to the locker room bleeding from the right temple.
Otto Porter Jr. and Mike Scott had 15 points apiece as the Wizards won for the sixth time in seven games.
Justin Holiday had 15 points and Bobby Portis added 13 for Chicago, which has dropped eight of nine.
The Bulls were playing without guard Zach LaVine, who hasn’t been cleared to play in back-to-back games following ACL surgery last February. LaVine scored 35 points — including his team’s last 11 — in Chicago’s 114-113 win over Minnesota on Friday.
Satoransky had 15 in the first half to pace Washington to a 56-46 halftime edge. The lead was 82-70 entering the fourth quarter.
Jason Smith hit a jumper with just under eight minutes to go to give the Wizards a 95-79 lead, their biggest of the game.
The Bulls rallied and pulled to 97-90 following back-to-back 3-pointers by Jerian Grant and Holiday with 4:14 left. They had a chance to move closer a short while later, but Lauri Markkanen missed an open 3.
Satoransky then stopped the Chicago run at the other end with a 3-pointer — his fifth on six attempts –to make it 100-90 with 3:24 remaining.
Satoransky looked to put the finishing touch on a career night on Washington’s next possession. He drove to the basket for a layup attempt but was fouled hard by Portis. Satoransky landed on his right shoulder and then hit the right side of his head on the floor.
Portis was assessed a flagrant 2 foul and ejected.
Mavericks 130, Lakers 123
DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 22 points, Harrison Barnes had 21 and the last-place Dallas Mavericks spoiled Isaiah Thomas’ strong debut with the Lakers, beating Los Angeles.
Thomas finished with 22 points and already looks like a better fit in coach Luke Walton’s offense than he did in an ill-fated 15-game stint with Cleveland after the offseason trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston.
The diminutive guard’s first half with the Lakers was his highest-scoring half of the season, a team-high 16 points.
Thomas, who was part of a four-player deal at the trading deadline that also brought Channing Frye, missed the first 36 games recovering from a hip injury.
Doug McDermott had eight points in his Dallas debut following a deadline deal that brought him from New York and was part of a youthful closing lineup that outscored the Lakers 13-5 in the final 3:09.
The Lakers had a season-best, four-game winning streak stopped for the third time in a month.
Nowitzki, Barnes and starting guard Wesley Matthews all sat in the last three minutes, and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. put Dallas ahead for good at 119-118 on a layup. Smith finished with 14 points, and the Mavericks had a season high in points.
Julius Randle had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, and Brandon Ingram scored 22 points. Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Dwight Powell scored 19, two shy of his career high, for Dallas. J.J. Barea had 10 points and nine assists.
Thomas entered the game to a noticeable ovation from the usually solid number of Lakers fans in the Dallas crowd, and hit a 3 from the left wing on his first LA possession in what proved to be just a start. He was 4 of 7 from long range before halftime.
Nuggets 123, Suns 113
PHOENIX — Wilson Chandler scored 26 points, Will Barton had 25 point and the Denver Nuggets used an extended second-half run to take control in a victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Nikola Jokic had 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Gary Harris had 13 points for the Nuggets, who have won four of five.
TJ Warren had 31 points and Dragan Bender had a career-high 23 for the Suns, who have lost five in a row, 10 of 11 and 13 of 15. One of those wins came in Denver on Jan. 19. Their only other victory in that stretch was against Dallas at home.
Barton scored 11 points during a 21-9 run that gave the Nuggets a 94-89 lead after three quarters, and Denver scored the first five points of the fourth quarter for a 13-point cushion.
Jokic’s 3-pointer from the top of the key made it 109-95 with 6:29 remaining, capping a longer 36-15 run.
Marquese Chriss’ fast-break dunk closed the Suns’ deficit to 109-103 with 4:29 remaining, but Barton hit a 3-pointer and Chandler hit two from the right corner to put away the game.
Elfrid Payton made a strong first impression for the Suns with 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds in 35 minutes. He was acquired from Orlando at the trade deadline Thursday.
Josh Jackson had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The Suns played without leading scorer Devin Booker, Tyson Chandler and Tyler Ulis.
Booker, who is 12th in the league with 24.1 points per game, has missed the last three games with a hip pointer. Chandler was out with a neck injury and Ulis with back spasms.