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Thompson provides the early magic in win over Orlando

Thompson provides the early magic in win over Orlando

OAKLAND -- Maybe it’s the comforts of home, whether it’s hangout out with his pet Rocco or pulling into the familiar surroundings of Oracle Arena, but Klay Thompson is holding up his end of his promise.

The sixth-year guard is back to punishing opposing defenses, as he consistently vowed would happen during what amounted to a three-game cold spell.

“Klay had it rolling early,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Thompson provided the offensive spark Tuesday night that led to a 122-92 mauling of the Magic.

Thompson brought the fire, and he brought it early, scorching Orlando for 21 points in the first 10 minutes. It was his third 20-point quarter this season, the first two coming in his 60-point game against the Pacers on Dec. 5.

Thompson made his first shot, missed his second and then made the next seven in a row. He made his first five 3-pointers.

“It definitely helps when you make four or five in a row,” Thompson said. “You feel like every shot is going to go in. And tonight was one of those nights where I was just in a great rhythm from the jump.”

Thompson’s hot start generated a momentum that lasted the entire night. He stayed aggressive but tailed off later, missing eight of his last 11 shots, but he had done enough damage with his early work.

You can definitely see it in his body language,” Draymond Green said, “because he’s definitely going to chase that next one. Klay definitely shows you.

“The thing was, they were all great shots. Guys continued to find him. He continued to move without the basketball . . . he gave you lanes to get him the ball, and once you got it to him he was knocking them down. Then, all of a sudden, he started taking them off the dribble and knocking tough shots down.”

Thompson totaled 29 points, most of them in transition. The Warriors’ defense forced 21 turnovers, off which they scored 36 points.

“We were able to get out in transition, just from our stops,” Thompson said. “And when Draymond and Steph (Curry) are pushing the break, usually something great happens. And tonight was one of those nights where if you get a few good looks early, you can take a couple tough ones and they went in.”

Thompson after the three-game slump during which he was 8-of-33 from deep, he has made 13 of his last 24.

“I want to carry this momentum into Saturday and build up some wins here, especially at home,” he said.

Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'

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Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'

There are some people out there who are still extremely bitter about Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder for the Warriors.

An eighth grade Spanish teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma issued a handout on the first day of school.

Part of it read:

DON'T BE A ... Kevin Durant
KD left the OKC Thunder last summer after falling to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Following the end of the season, he decided it was in his best interest to join the very same team that had just knocked him out of the playoffs. Don't be like KD. Don't take the easy way out. Things like cheating, plagiarizing, and copying your friends homework may not seem like a big deal now but they are building habits that can significantly hinder you later in life. Additionally, always strive to finish what you've started. Half-finished homework is unfinished homework. Don't try to turn in an assignment if you have not done what is necessary and expected.

DO BE A ... Michael Jordan
MJ! The GOAT! 6 championships, 4 MVPs. Yadda yadda. The greatest thing this man ever did? Saving the Looney Tunes from a lifetime of servitude to an alien race. Did MJ take the easy way out? Did he ever back down from a challenge? NO! Be like Mike. Learning a new language is a challenging thing and parts of this year are going to be...

And then the words get cut off.

Well, Kevin Durant got wind of this and responded on Twitter:

If anything happens to this teacher, we will let you know...

Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award

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Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award

According to NBA players, Andre Iguodala is not the best sixth man in the league.

On Friday morning, Lou Williams was recognized as the "Best off the Bench" player.

At the inaugural NBA Awards Show in late June, Iguodala finished runner-up in the Sixth Man of the Year race to Rockets guard Eric Gordon.

Iguodala received 43 first-place votes, 34 second-place votes and nine third-place votes.

Gordon registered 46 first-place votes, 40 second-place votes and eight third-place votes.

Williams was a very distant third with five third-place votes, 10 second-place votes and 15 third-place votes.

He averaged 18.6 points and 3.2 assists over 58 games with the Lakers last season, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from deep.

In 23 regular season games with the Rockets, Williams averaged 14.9 points and 2.4 assists on 38.6 percent shooting overall and just below 32 percent from 3-point territory.

Against the Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals, Williams struggled to the tune of 7.3 points per game. He shot 35 percent from the floor and below 18 percent from distance.

Iguodala played arguably his best game of the season in Game 5 of the NBA Finals -- 20 points (9 for 14 FG), four rebounds and three assists.

For the series, his +60 mark led the Warriors by a comfortable margin (Draymond Green +30, Kevin Durant +33, Steph Curry +30, Klay Thompson +22).

Iguodala was rewarded with a 3-year, $48 million contract this summer.

I doubt he cares whatsoever about falling short for this award...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller