Klay Thompson scored 27 of his season-high 43 points in the third quarter and the Golden State Warriors responded after their first loss by beating the Phoenix Suns 128-103 on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson scored 27 of his season-high 43 points in the third quarter and the Golden State Warriors responded after their first loss by beating the Phoenix Suns 128-103 on Wednesday night.
Stephen Curry added 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting and seven assists as Golden State returned home from its two-week road trip that ended with its lone defeat at Milwaukee after a record 24-0 start. That also ended a 28-game overall winning streak by the Warriors, the second longest in NBA history.
Draymond Green had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his fourth triple-double this season. Former Cougars star Thompson hit 15 of 22 shots and 8 of 13 three-pointers in his first 40-point game this season.
Thompson’s big quarter was reminiscent of his NBA-record 37-point outburst in the third quarter of a career-high 52-point performance on Jan. 23.
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Before the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he is feeling better as he deals with complications from back surgery, and he hopes to be back on the bench in the next two to three weeks.
Kerr attended practice Monday and Tuesday and was at the team’s shoot-around Wednesday.
Kerr has been dealing with headaches after two back surgeries — the first procedure causing him to leak spinal fluid — that followed Golden State’s first championship in 40 years. He took a leave of absence the first week of training camp and watched the Warriors’ record 24-0 start behind the scenes.
“It’s funny, last year during the season I would look at the other coaches and say, ‘We’re going to be much better next year,’ and we would sort of laugh,” Kerr said.
“We would say that and meanwhile we were 67-15, you know? … It almost sounded like a joke but I really meant it. Because Year 2 is a year where everything is ingrained and it feels very natural. …
“It’s great to see. I just really am looking forward to being part of it again, in the grind again, because I miss it.”
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 24 points, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 106-90 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers and extending its winning streak to six games.
Dion Waiters scored 18 points, Enes Kanter had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Steven Adams added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, which has held seven consecutive opponents under 100 points.
C.J. McCollum scored 24 points and Damian Lillard added 20 for Portland.
• Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points and the host San Antonio Spurs set a franchise record with their 23rd straight home victory, rolling past the Washington Wizards 114-95.
• Dwyane Wade scored 10 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Miami Heat beat the host Brooklyn Nets 104-98.
• Carmelo Anthony had 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, Arron Afflalo scored 29 points and the host New York Knicks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-102.
• Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, Derrick Rose added 19 and the host Chicago Bulls beat the Memphis Grizzlies 98-85.
• Chris Paul had 21 points and eight assists and the host Los Angeles Clippers overcame the third-quarter ejection of center DeAndre Jordan to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 103-90.
• All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who has missed Cleveland’s first 23 games recovering from a broken kneecap suffered in the NBA Finals, said he won’t be playing Thursday night against Oklahoma City.