Instant Replay: Warriors complete fourth-quarter comeback

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Instant Replay: Warriors complete fourth-quarter comeback

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Player of the game The Warriors got a game-leading 24 points from Klay Thompson, a season-high for the young forward, but Stephen Curry had an impressive stat line of 20 points, six assists and just three turnovers and was a 23 for Golden State.
Curry was 5-for-10 from three-point range, shooting 7-19 from the field over the course of the game, in which he played 39 minutes. It was a redemption of sorts, as the Warriors impressive guard scored just six points in Fridays loss to the Nuggets after getting in early foul trouble not recording his first point until the fourth quarter.
Carl Landry added 18 points off the bench, while David Lee finished with 17 for the Warriors.
The loss was Minnesotas fifth in a row, while the Warriors rebounded from Fridays disappointing loss in Denver to capture their fifth win in the last seven.
The Warriors have won 11 of their last 13 games against Minnesota.
Key stretch A dominant fourth quarter was the biggest reason the Warriors got their eighth victory of the season, as they erased a four-point deficit at the end of the third before taking over and cruising to victory through final quarter.

But, there was a stretch much earlier in the game that kept them in the game the first place.
Minnesota pulled ahead to an 11-point lead in the second quarter before the Warriors managed to find their shooting stroke and keep it close before the end of the half.
Curry led the way with three connections from three-point land, and was 4-for-6 from beyond the arc at the half.
The highlight for the home crowd, though, was a monstrous windmill jam from Harrison Barnes, when he soared through the air with just over two minutes left in the half, posterizing Minnesotas Nikola Pekovic.
Golden State tied the game at 47-47 before the Wolves scored the final four points of the first half to lead at the midway point.
Early sloppiness The first quarter wasnt pretty for either side, and ended with the Wolves ahead, 18-16. Minnesota shot just 29 percent while Golden State wasnt much better at 39 percent. The teams combined to miss their first nine three-point attempts.
The lowlight for the Warriors came when they batted a loose ball into their own net. Kevin Love got credit for the field goal despite his shot clanking off of the rim, with Draymond Green and Andris Biedrins both going for the ball.
Whole Lotta Love When asked what the biggest difference was between the Wolves team he was facing tonight and the one his club beat just eight days earlier, the answer was easy for Marc Jackson.
The main reason is an obvious one. They have a superstar back in the lineup, Jackson said, referring to Minnesota forward Kevin Love.
Love was playing in his third game of the season after recovering from a hand injury, and finished with 15 points and 15 boards.
His presence may have aided the Wolves on the defensive side of the ball, too, as Minnesota outscored the Warriors 46-36 in the paint.
Injury report The Timberwolves are still without dynamic point guard Ricky Rubio, who is expected back in the middle of next month. Golden State is still absent center Andrew Bogut, whose wonky left ankle has allowed him to play in just four games this season. He hopes to return Dec. 1.
Up next The Warriors remain at home to host the Nuggets at Oracle Arena on Thursday. Theyve lost both games to Denver this season, including Friday nights second-half collapse at Pepsi Arena, 102-91.

Rewind: Klay drops 60, finds a zone most never experience

Rewind: Klay drops 60, finds a zone most never experience

OAKLAND – The shots kept falling, splashing through the net from all over the court, jumpers from 20 feet, from 25, from 30, layups from one side of the bucket, then the other. Klay Thompson was tap-dancing all over the Indiana Pacers.

It didn’t seem logical that a self-respecting NBA team like the Pacers would allow one man to put on a personal showcase, with them as the victims.

That’s precisely what Thompson did Monday night, before the 200th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena, pouring in 60 points – more than he has ever scored in a game, more than anyone in the NBA his scored this season – in a 142-106 crushing of Indiana.

“Klay did do a good job of moving without the ball,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “Tonight, he was moving and they were finding him.

“We needed to get more help, and we didn’t. He lit us up.”

In scoring 60 points in only 29 minutes – he exited with 1:22 left in the third quarter and did not return – Thompson found a zone above even the most ethereal zones. He happened upon a place even the most hallowed most NBA players never get the privilege of experiencing.

“That’s a feat I would put money on to probably never be touched ever again in the history of basketball,” said Stephen Curry, the reigning scoring champion as well as back-to-back MVP.

“I don’t even know what to say,” said Kevin Durant, the four-time scoring champ who also has an MVP trophy to his name. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

With Thompson raining shots, his teammates standing and clapping and boogieing to the roar of the crowd, the Pacers were helpless witnesses to their own dismantling. As Thompson sizzled, and their defense fizzled, one thing became clear: There would be no double-teaming of the hottest shooter in the NBA this season.

How do you double-team Thompson, who plays mostly without the ball, when he’s sharing the court with Curry and Durant? You don’t. You take your chances and hope. And if Thompson is stroking it, you’re in trouble.

The Pacers tried numerous defenders on Thompson and none was up to the challenge. The Warriors, smelling the Pacers’ futility, went after them with a vengeance.

“You could see that once he got hot, Steph was looking for him and Draymond (Green) and KD and Andre (Iguodala) and Zaza (Pachulia), they were all looking for him,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

“I’ve said this before, but I really believe the strength of our team the last few years offensive is the number of guys that can pass and make plays. What’s really gratifying as a coach is when you see that type of unselfishness.”

By the time Indiana’s superstar, Paul George, took the assignment, trying to cool Thompson, it was well into the third quarter, much too late. Thompson had made 21 of his 33 shots, including eight of his 14 launches from beyond the arc. He had become the first player in the shot-clock era (beginning in 1954-55) to score 60 points in fewer than 30 minutes.

He had hung the Pacers on a wall.

“I will celebrate this tonight,” said Thompson, whose previous career-high was 52 points. “It’s a feat I never really thought I would be able to do growing up.”

Asked if could have scored 80 points, Thompson barely skipped a beat.

“Maybe. I think I could have,” he said. “And maybe one day I will have the opportunity. 60 points in 29 minutes is not bad. I’m satisfied with that.”

His teammates were beyond satisfied. They were delighted. Enchanted. Durant scored 20 points and was agape at Thompson’s performance. Curry had 13 points, 11 assists and zero turnovers and was unusually demonstrative in recapping Thompson’s night.

“We just kept feeding him and feeding him, and he was knocking down some unbelievable shots,” Durant said.

“It was just so much fun to watch,” Curry said. “We appreciate that entertainment value as his teammates to see what he was able to do tonight. It was crazy.”

This was Thompson, taking full and extravagant advantage of both his own shooting skill as well as the benefit of teammates too lethal for any defense to ignore.

All of which left the other 29 teams around the NBA watching and wondering where on earth do they turn if any Thompson or Curry or Durant enters a zone.

This is quite the quandary, and it’s precisely what the Warriors had in mind when they hired Durant.

Instant Replay: Klay erupts for career-high 60, Warriors destroy Pacers

Instant Replay: Klay erupts for career-high 60, Warriors destroy Pacers

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OAKLAND – As the Warriors on Monday night celebrated their 200th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena, All-Star guard Klay Thompson gave 19,596 fans an evening they’ll never forget.

Thompson scored 60 points, a career-high for him and the most any player has scored in the NBA this season, to carry the Warriors to a 142-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Thompson scored 17 points in the opening period, 23 in the second – for 40, representing a career-high for points in a half – and closed out his night with 20 in the third quarter.

So hot was Thompson that only no other teammate exceeded 20 points. Kevin Durant totaled 20, Stephen Curry had 13 and Ian Clark finished with 11.

Curry posted a season-high 11 assists, and Draymond Green recorded 10 as the Warriors were credited with 45 helpers overall.

With a 116-83 lead after three quarters, Warriors coach Steve Kerr went to his reserves for the entire fourth quarter.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Thompson, who took possession in the first half and locked it up in third quarter.

Thompson’s line: 60 points (21-of-33 from the field, 8-of-14 from deep, 10-of-11 from the free throw line). He played 29 minutes and finished plus-37 for the night.

TURNING POINT:
When a Monta Ellis layup pulled the Pacers within seven (46-39) with 8:14 left in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a 24-3 run to go up 70-42 with 2:34 remaining in the half.

They went into intermission with an 80-50 lead, and Indiana got no closer than xx for the rest of the game.

The Warriors trailed for all of 12 seconds (in the first five minutes) in the game.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: No injuries were listed and none was reported.

Pacers: No injuries were listed and none was reported.

ROSTER NOTE:
Rookie C Damian Jones is on assignment with D-League Santa Cruz.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Warriors travel to Los Angeles, where on Wednesday night they face the Clippers at Staples Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30.