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Klay Thompson sparks Warriors’ rally in 4th to beat Wolves

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 30 points and the Golden State Warriors roared back to avoid their first set of consecutive regular-season losses since 2015 with a 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.

Stephen Curry had 22 points and nine assists, and the Warriors extended their NBA-record streak to 111 regular-season games without losing two in a row. They trailed by 10 to start the fourth quarter, but opened the period with a 25-4 avalanche to turn the tide.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 18 rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins scored 25 for the Timberwolves (6-18), who lost their fourth straight game.

Kevin Durant had 22 points on 6-for-21 shooting, and Draymond Green scored 18 for Golden State while going 5 of 8 on 3-pointers.

Zach LaVine scored 25 points and hit five 3s for the Wolves.

The Warriors were coming off a 21-point loss Saturday to the Grizzlies and were playing their fourth game in five nights, and it was clear from the start that they were a little weary.

Just when Curry appeared to be heating up, hitting back-to-back 3s midway through the third quarter, the best shooter on the planet tossed up an airball on the very next possession. Between that ghastly miss and Durant missing a wide-open layup, it was clear the Warriors were just a bit off for the second night in a row, something that hasn’t happened in the regular season since April 7, 2015.

The Wolves closed the third period with a 14-1 run, but Thompson scored 12 points in the first 5 minutes of the fourth to rally Golden State.


The Warriors lost three straight games to Cleveland in the NBA Finals in June, but remain proud of surviving the gauntlet of the regular season the way they have. The streak is 16 games longer than the second-place Utah Jazz, who went 95 straight from 1997-99.

“It’s one of the most impressive streaks that I can think of in my experience in the NBA,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game.


Warriors: Curry passed Steve Nash for 17th on the career list for 3-pointers. … Durant started the game 3 for 17, but was 3 for 5 in the fourth. … C Zaza Pachulia was out again with sprained right wrist. … Kevon Looney started at center despite being listed as questionable with a sprained right ankle.

Timberwolves: Minnesota outrebounded Golden State 51-37. … F Nemanja Bjelica missed his second straight game with a sore right ankle.


Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau has been friends with Warriors assistant Ron Adams for more than two decades. Adams worked under Thibodeau in Chicago, and the Wolves coach said that when he got the job in Minnesota this summer he called Adams and “begged him” to leave Golden State and join him.

“They have such a great organization that I knew it was kind of tongue-in-cheek,” Thibodeau said. “I know how happy he is with the situation that he’s in.”


No triple-double, but Russell Westbrook dominates second half, Thunder beat Celtics

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook‘s triple-double streak ended at seven games — tied with Michael Jordan but two short of Wilt Chamberlain’s record — however, he scored 23 of his 37 points in the second half to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Boston Celtics 99-96 on Sunday night.

Westbrook had 12 rebounds, but just six assists. His triple-double run was the longest since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The NBA record is nine in a row by Philadelphia’s Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

Steven Adams scored 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting and Enes Kanter added 14 points for the Thunder, who have won seven of eight. Oklahoma City got away with making just 14 of 27 free throws.

Al Horford scored 19 points, and Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley each added 18 for the Celtics.

Russell Westbrook says he doesn’t care about winning MVP, wants title

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It is far, far too early to have a serious MVP discussion in the NBA.

But if you were, Russell Westbrook would be the favorite. Other guys would and should get mentions — James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, et al. — but Westbrook is averaging 30.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 11.3 assists per game, with a dozen triple-doubles and leading the Thunder to a 14-9 record.

Westbrook, you excited to be the early leader in this race?

That is exactly what you would expect Westbrook to say.

Of course, he’s only got a shot at one of those two things this year, and a ring isn’t one of them. No matter how well he plays.

Thunder’s Victor Oladipo with nasty fall, sprains wrist, leaves game

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Late in the first quarter Sunday night, Oklahoma City’s Victor Oladipo closed out hard on Boston’s Jonas Jerebko — Oladipo leaped to block the shot, Jerebko put the ball on the floor to drive baseline, Oladipo got his legs taken out and then had a nasty fall.

Oladipo left the game and will not return, officially because of a wrist sprain (although my guess is there may be more things hurting than just his wrist).

Something to watch over the next few days, to see if Oladipo will miss more time. The Thunder are 10.4 points per 100 possessions better this season when Oladipo is on the court this season.

Richard Jefferson puts up shots, dunks wearing Snapchat Spectacles

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Snapchat Spectacles are…. something. They are glasses with a camera in them that pairs with your phone, and you can upload the videos to Snapchat.

For example, if you’re an NBA veteran getting up some shots from the corner, or throwing down a dunk, you can wear the Spectacles and post the video… ala Richard Jefferson, who did just that.