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Thompson has 60 points in 3 quarters, Warriors beat Pacers

By AP - Dec 06,2016 - Last updated at Dec 06,2016

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson drives the ball during an NBA game against the Indiana Pacers on Monday in Oakland, California (AP photo by Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, California — Golden State’s Klay Thompson had 60 points, an NBA season high and the most by a Warriors player in 42 years, as the hosts whipped Indiana 142-106 on Monday.

Thompson scored 40 by half-time in just 18-plus minutes. He had a career-best 60 points through three quarters and called it a night, sitting down with 1:22 left in the period.

Golden State is a game ahead of San Antonio for the Western Conference’s best record, after the Spurs pulled off a come-from-behind win against Milwaukee, aided by a late goaltending call.

Cleveland, which is setting the pace in the East, won a tight game at Toronto while Houston hung on to edge Boston when a Celtics shot on the buzzer went astray.

Thompson joined Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry and Joe Fulks as the only Warriors to score 60 points in a game. Barry was the last to do so, going off for 64 in a 1974 game against Portland.

Thompson shot 21 for 33 and 8 of 14 on 3-pointers and converted 10 of 11 free throws in 29 minutes.

Kevin Durant added 20 points for Golden State in another display of impressive passing. The Warriors’ 15 first-quarter assists matched a club record and they wound up with 45 total — two off the franchise record.

San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge was credited for the go-ahead basket with 21.2 seconds left after Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo was whistled for goaltending and the Spurs won 97-96 at the Bucks.

The hosts had one last shot to retake the lead, but Mirza Teletovic missed an open 3-pointer from the right corner with 3.9 seconds left. Aldridge secured the rebound and the Spurs ran out the clock.

San Antonio’s record of 12 straight road wins to start the season looked over when Milwaukee took an early 15-point lead but the Spurs rallied to push that streak to 13.

Jabari Parker had 23 points, picking up the slack for much of the fourth quarter for the Bucks with Antetokounmpo on the bench with five fouls.

Cleveland’s LeBron James scored 34 points to offset an injury to J.R. Smith and won 116-112 at Toronto.

Smith injured his left knee in the first quarter after landing on a jump shot and hobbled to the dressing room in considerable pain.

The win was the Cavaliers’ third straight this season against the Raptors, the team they beat in last season’s Eastern Conference finals. It also prevented Toronto from leapfrogging Cleveland into first place in the Eastern Conference.

DeMar DeRozan had 31 points for Toronto, which had its six-game winning streak snapped.

Boston’s Al Horford missed a shot on the buzzer, and Houston hung on to pip the Celtics 107-106.

The game was tied before James Harden — who finished with 37 points — scored five straight points to make it 107-102 with less than a minute remaining. Avery Bradley made a jump shot and Harden received a flagrant 1 foul for elbowing Marcus Smart in the face. Smart made both free throws before Isaiah Thomas missed a lay-up.

But Houston knocked the ball out of bounds with 5.2 seconds left, giving Boston one last chance. Horford drove into the lane, but his shot rolled off the rim and Harden grabbed it to secure the victory.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook extended his streak of triple-doubles to six games, leading the Thunder over skidding Atlanta 102-99.

Westbrook scored 32 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out 12 assists, giving him the NBA’s longest streak of triple-doubles since Michael Jordan had seven in a row in 1989.

Westbrook’s run has sparked a six-game winning streak by the Thunder. He has reached double figures in all three categories in half of the Thunder’s 22 games.

By contrast, Jordan had 15 triple-doubles for the entire 1988-89 season.

Atlanta rallied down the stretch, but Westbrook closed it out for the Thunder. He finished with 27 second-half points to send the Hawks to their seventh straight loss and 10th defeat in the last 11 games.

It is the longest losing sequence for the Hawks since they dropped eight in a row in February 2014.

Portland’s Damian Lillard had 30 points to lead the Trail Blazers over Chicago 112-110.

CJ McCollum scored 24 for the Trail Blazers, who opened a five-game trip.

Dwyane Wade scored 34 points for the Bulls, who played without point guard Rajon Rondo, who was serving a one-game team suspension which Chicago did not publically explain.

Utah overcame the absence of ill coach Quin Snyder to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-101 for their sixth win in seven games.

Memphis’ Marc Gasol had 28 points, including a tying 3-pointer with 7 seconds left in regulation, to go with 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Grizzlies over New Orleans 110-108 in double overtime.

Charlotte took advantage of a knee injury to Dallas centre Andrew Bogut late in the first quarter to dominate the paint and the boards in rallying from an 11-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Mavericks 109-101.

Denver’s Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points and Will Barton had 22, including a big 3-pointer late, to lead the Nuggets to a 106-98 win at Philadelphia.

Washington’s John Wall scored 25 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, as the Wizards rallied to beat Brooklyn 118-113.

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