SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State coach Steve Kerr made it a point to tell Kyle Thompson that he had returned from a 2 1/2-year absence in January after surgery and lengthy rehab on his left knee and right Achilles. Played his best game since.
When the Warriors feel lacking in stars like Thompson or, currently, Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole continues to play his part to provide a spark.
Thompson scored 33 points with six 3-pointers and ran late on Thursday night for a 128-112 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, as Golden State won their third straight game after losing four games in a row.
Of Thompson’s 22 shots, Kerr liked all but two of them.
“I thought it was Kel’s best game,” Kerr said. “I know he has scored more, but in terms of shot selection, he had his feet on the ground beneath him, his balance was great, his decision making ability was really good. So a lot of good things are happening.”
Poole added 19 points and a career-high 11 assists for the Warriors on a festive night at the Chase Center, where huge Golden State fan and K-pop star BamBam brought home a spirited halftime performance in the Warriors’ final regular season. brought. home game.
“Jordan has been amazing. He has had a great season,” Kerr said. “He has filled in for both Klay and Steph when they are injured. Whatever we asked him to do, he did it.”
Poole continues to show his growth by asking stalwarts like Andre Iguodala questions and making extra passes to score shots for teammates.
Poole said, “It’s really nice to have my teammates in really easy conditions to score the ball, especially at the end of the game in case the guys go early, they have a rhythm. And they’re a little bit comfortable,” Poole said. ,
Talen Horton-Tucker scored a career-high 40 points on 15-for-28 shooting to lead the Lakers team, recalling LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook. Malik Monk contributed 24 points as Los Angeles lost their eighth game in a row.
Andrew Wiggins added 17 points to the Warriors’ final tune-up in the Bay Area before holding a home-court advantage to begin the playoffs next weekend.
“We are going to try to win all three games. We’re just going into this thinking, let’s build up the momentum. If we can take advantage of these last two wins and move up the winning streak next week, I think it will serve us really well,” Kerr said. “But whatever happens with the seeding, and we will play what we play.”
Los Angeles hit eight of its opening 12 shots and made 11 trips to the free-throw line by the 5:07 mark of the first quarter – 38 of 10 free throws were shot by the Warriors.
Seven or fewer points were decided in the last three meetings between rivals.
Tim Hardaway was honored before the start of the second quarter for his election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – which was announced by his fellow run TMC teammates and Hall of Famers Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond.
Despite being 37 years old, Kerr hardly considers James close to work.
“LeBron is still one of the greats in the league,” Kerr said. “He showed that this year. … He is an all-time great and even though he has gone past his prime on age and mileage, he is one of the best players in the world.”
Lakers: James sprains his left ankle, Davis has a sprained right leg and Westbrook has a pain in his right shoulder, while Anthony is recovering from a stomach bug. Lakers coach Frank Vogel expects some of them to play against the Thunder at home on Friday. … The Lakers took 4 for 18 from 3-point range in the first half and scored 9 runs for 32 overall. … Dwight Howard gets a technical in the first half with 1:47. … Los Angeles has lost 16 in a row on the road versus Western Conference teams. …The Lakers forgave Trevor Ariza ahead, whose ankle surgery limited him to 24 games. “This year ended most of his season and his impact on our team, yes,” Vogel said.
Warriors: Kerr said Thompson, Otto Porter Jr. and Iguodala will each get one of the weekend’s back-to-back games to rest. Igodala had seven assists as the warriors finished with 39. …Golden State went 31-10 at home. … The Warriors sold their 418th straight game to a crowd of 18,064. The sell-off went back on December 18, 2012.
Lakers: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday Night.
Warriors: At Spurs on Saturday. Golden State has won their last two matches in San Antonio.
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