Thompson's 31 leads Warriors past Kings

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Thompson's 31 leads Warriors past Kings

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Warriors 111, Kings 108Player of the game: Warriors rookie Klay Thompson scored a career-high 31 points for the Warriors. Thompson set his previous career-high of 27 points on Wednesday in a win over the New Orleans Hornets. Thompson went 10-for-20 from the field, but did miss his last seven field goal attempts.Key stretch: With the Warriors up one point and less than 30 seconds remaining, the Kings got a big stop and had a fastbreak going the other way with 15 seconds left.
But Tyreke Evans dribbled into traffic in the lane and lost control of the ball, resulting in a turnover. The Kings turned the ball over six times in the games final 3:20.The Kings had another opportunity, down just one with with 15 seconds left, but Isaiah Thomas turned the ball over.Lees big game: Warriors forward David Lee flirted with a triple-double on Saturday night but came up just short. Lee finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.He also followed up a Klay Thompson miss with 2:59 remaining to put the Warriors up 105-104.Lee helped offset a big night by Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds.Thompsons big half: Thompson pretty much carried the Warriors in the first half, scoring 21 points in 22 minutes and helping the Warriors take a 62-51 lead at intermission.Thompson scored in a variety of ways the outside shot, a drive or two and he even got to the line four times in the half.Robinson hurt: Nate Robinson was playing a controlled first half with 10 points and eight assists before he injured himself in transition when he fell hard into the basket support.Robinson remained on the Oracle floor for a minute or so, then was able to get up and head to the locker room under his own power. However, he did not return in the second half with what was called a strained right hamstring.Awaiting decision on Curry: Warriors general manager Larry Riley said the team was going to huddle this weekend and then come up with a plan regarding Stephen Curry and his balky right ankle.Curry visited Dr. Richard Ferkel, a foot specialist, in Los Angeles recently, and the hope is that the Warriors doctors, training staff and Curry will now look at all the medical information and make a determination.Conventional wisdom is that the team will shut down Curry for the rest of the season. He hasnt played since March 11.Riley said he expects to have more definitive word on Curry later this week. He said its possible Curry could play again this season if there is a consensus that the ankle is 100 percent.Warriors assign Wright: The Warriors assigned forward Chris Wright to Dakota Wizards of the D-League. Wright has played in 17 games this year for the Warriors, averaging 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 4.7 minutes per game.

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

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NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had an All-Star Game for the record books.

And on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed he's clearly part of the future and a midcourt lob attempt from James Harden even went in, Davis absolutely stole the show.

He scored 52 points, 10 more than Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star record that had stood for 55 years, and the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 192-182 on Sunday night — the highest-scoring game in league history.

Davis made 26 shots and took 39, both of those also All-Star records. He even outdid Westbrook, who had 41 points in just 20 minutes — which ordinarily would have been enough to merit him what would have been a third straight MVP award.

Not this time. It was Davis hoisting the trophy, to the delight of his New Orleans fans.

"It was a lot of fun," Davis said. "My teammates did a great job of looking for me."

Durant had a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Stephen Curry added 21 points for the West — where a subplot emerged as DeMarcus Cousins played only two minutes, prompting some speculation that a trade sending him out of Sacramento might be looming.

Antetokounmpo had 30 points for the East, with 12 dunks in his night. LeBron James scored 23 points to become the first All-Star to eclipse 300 in a career, Kyrie Irving had 22 points and 14 assists, and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 for the East.

Davis became the story that overshadowed The Story coming into this game, that being the Durant-Westbrook whatever.

And if there is any animus remaining between Durant and Westbrook, it was hidden. They passed each other the ball and slapped hands in the pregame layup line, and not long after Westbrook checked into the game the former Oklahoma City teammates provided one of the game's top highlights — a give-and-go, capped by Durant lobbing the ball to set Westbrook up for a dunk.

"OH MY GOD! WHAT JUST HAPPENED?" Curry shouted on the West bench, which moments later broke into celebration. Players jumped and threw hands skyward, Curry tossing a cupful of water onto a smiling Durant amid it all.

Draymond Green called the play "cute," and Westbrook and Durant seemed happy with it as well.

"It was a nice give-and-go, man," Westbrook said. "Good give-and-go. Made a good pass. I barely got over the rim, but it was a nice give-and-go."

Added Durant: "It was a great basketball play. He was open so I threw him the lob. He can jump really high so yeah, good play."

Some fans were shouting "De-Fense!" in the fourth quarter. West center DeAndre Jordan heard them, rising from his seat on the West bench to yell "No, no, no" back in their direction.

If those fans were serious, they were disappointed.

Westbrook scored 12 points — all on 3s — in a 63-second span late in the third quarter, coming off the bench and firing over and over and over again. And then he opened the fourth quarter with another 3, giving him 34 points in just under 14 minutes played to that point.

It looked like he was a cinch for MVP honors, until Davis scored 20 points in the fourth.

TIP-INS

East: Irving also led the East in rebounds with seven. ... Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16. ... No East player logged more than 24 minutes.

West: Curry took cover in the third quarter, comically hitting the deck face-first as Antetokounmpo went in for yet another dunk. So later in the quarter, Antetokounmpo went over Curry for a rebound slam — one that left Curry staring at the scoreboard for a replay. ... Kawhi Leonard had a steal and dunk in the opening minute, a defensive display that left West coach Steve Kerr in hysterics.

EMBIID CLOSE

Joel Embiid wanted to be in the All-Star Game, and he was close — literally and figuratively.

The Philadelphia star sat on the edge of the baseline next to the West bench, meaning he got to greet players throughout the night and share a few words with some at halftime.

CELEB WATCH

A huge roar greeted Jon Batiste, who performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" pregame, when he started the song.

It wasn't for him.

That happened to be the moment when John Legend — the halftime performer — and Chrissy Teigen were shown at their sideline seats on the video screens around the arena. And a louder cheer came not long afterward when Beyonce and Jay Z got on-screen.

Among the other celebs in the seats: Guy Fieri, Dave Chappelle, Julius Erving, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and The Roots.

UP NEXT

The next All-Star Game is Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, which will host for a record sixth time.

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not repeat as the NBA All-Star Game's 3-point shootout champion. 

In need of 19 points, Thompson managed only 18 -- that allowed Kemba Walker to advance into the semifinals. 

Houston's Eric Gordon had the high score of the first round. He went on to win the championship -- besting Kyrie Irving.

Thompson has made 182 3-pointers this season which ranks him fifth in the league.