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.

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Festus Ezeli will not be back with the Blazers next season, Portland GM Neil Olshey said on Tuesday.

Last summer -- after the Warriors let Ezeli walk in free agency following the addition of Kevin Durant -- he signed a 2-year contract worth just over $15 million.

But Year 2 was essentially a club option with a $1 million buyout.

A knee injury prevented Ezeli from ever suiting up for the Blazers this season.

He underwent cadaver ligament replacement surgery in early March.

The Warriors drafted Ezeli 30th overall in 2012.

Over 46 games (13 starts) with Golden State in 2015-16, he averaged 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds over 16.7 minutes per contest.

Stephen Jackson: Draymond Green 'is a new version of me'

Stephen Jackson: Draymond Green 'is a new version of me'

In the Warriors' sweep of the Blazers, Draymond Green was fantastic.

He averaged 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 4.3 blocks and 1.8 steals per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 55 percent from deep.

On Tuesday morning, former Warriors forward Stephen Jackson was asked about the two-time runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year.

"I don't want to change him at all. That chip on his shoulder, the way he plays, as Steve Kerr will tell you -- every team needs a guy like that," Jackson said on KNBR 680. "I was that guy in San Antonio. I was that guy on a lot of teams.

"You need a guy like that to even it out. You don't want your team to be a pushover. And sometimes, his emotion might hurt the team. But you can live with that, because you got a guy going to bat for all your guys.

"He's one of the best all-around players in the league -- Top 5 -- and you need a guy like that. He makes that team better.

"He's one of those guys that puts his body on the line for a team, passes up a shot to make a pass, guard the best player and not worry about scoring -- that's my type of guy."

When the "We Believe" Warriors upset the Dallas Mavericks in 2007, Jackson averaged 22.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals, while shooting over 47 percent from 3-point territory in that series.

"I say Draymond is a new version of me -- just way more athletic," Jackson added. "And I love it. I wore his jersey last year to The Finals, and I plan on wearing it again."