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Warriors ride hot shooting for win over Clippers

By AP - Feb 21,2016 - Last updated at Feb 21,2016

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors lays up a shot past DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA game in Los Angeles on Saturday (AFP photo by Sean M. Haffey)

LOS ANGELES — Klay Thompson scored 32 points, fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry added 23 and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 115-112 on Saturday to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season.

The Warriors were coming off a 32-point drubbing at Portland a night earlier that ended an 11-game winning streak. They appeared highly motivated to erase that memory from the opening tip, shooting 56 per cent in the first half and twice leading by 15 points in the second quarter.

Draymond Green had his NBA-leading 11th triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to help the defending champions improve to 49-5.

Jamal Crawford scored 25 points off the bench, Chris Paul added 24 and DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 21 rebounds for the Clippers. They fell to 19-6 without injured Blake Griffin.

Pablo Prigioni’s 3-pointer left the Clippers trailing 115-112 with five seconds to go, long after both teams’ best players had gone to the bench. That brought Thompson, Curry, Green Harrison Barnes back in a hurry.

Andre Iguodala’s pass was stolen by C.J. Wilcox, but his panicked shot fell well short of the basket as time expired.

The Clippers again trailed by 15 early in the third when they briefly matched the Warriors basket-for-basket during a furious scoring stretch to close within five on a dunk by Jordan off Crawford’s alley-oop pass. Jordan threw down some highlight dunks that had fans roaring and Crawford scored on a one-handed scoop shot, getting fouled as he crashed to the floor and making the free throw for the three-point play.

Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 23 rebounds returned from a one-game suspension to help the Miami Heat beat the Washington Wizards 114-94.

Whiteside was suspended for throwing an elbow at San Antonio centre Boban Marjanovic’s head on February 9.

Luol Deng had 27 points a night after scoring 30 points in a victory at Atlanta, and Goran Dragic added a season-high 24 points and had eight assists and seven rebounds. The Heat played without All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for the second consecutive game.

Wade has a sore left knee.

“He had an MRI this morning,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game. “Everything came back negative. He’ll be day-to-day from here. He’s already starting to feel better.”

Bosh is out indefinitely because of a blood clot in his left leg.

Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 11 rebounds and the New York Knicks snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 103-95 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Robin Lopez had 26 points and 16 rebounds to give interim coach Kurt Rambis his first victory since taking over for the fired Derek Fisher three games ago.


Jabari Parker had career highs of 28 points and 13 rebounds, Greg Monroe added 24 points and the Milwaukee Bucks had a 117-109 double-overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

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