Clay Thompson continues a heated stretch with a team-high 33 points and host Golden State Warriors rallied late in the third quarter to claim a 128-112 win against superstar-damaged Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
Jordan Poole saw the end of a 17-game run in a 20-point performance, but he posted a 19-point, 11-assist double-double for the Warriors (51-29), who extended their lead over the Dallas Mavericks (50-30) to 3 in the west. A full game with the other two in the fight for the No. 1 play-off.
Playing without LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, the Lakers (31-49) earned a career-high 40 points from Tallinn Horton-Tucker in a surprisingly competitive effort in the wake of the play-offs two nights ago.
33 PTS | 4 REB | 4 AST | 3 p.m. pic.twitter.com/Z2wAjxW8Xl
– NBA (BANBA) April 8, 2022
Trying to end the seven-game losing streak, the Lakers went 81-78 in the seventh minute of the third quarter before going almost five minutes goalless.
Golden State took advantage, a tying 3-pointer from Andrew Wiggins, a forward driving hoop from Drymond Green, and Thompson’s next two jumpers in a 13-0 blast that opened up a 91-81 advantage.
The Lakers did not get close to seven in the final round.
In his third 30-point effort in the last 13 days, Thompson has shot from -22 for 12 and 6-10 in 3-pointers.
Pool’s game-high 11 assists contributed to a total of 39 of the 51 baskets in the Golden State.
Andre Igudala added a five-point supplement to the passing display with seven assists, while Green also had seven assists with his 10 points.
Wiggins finished with 17 points, and added 10 points for Gary Payton II and Auto Porter Jr. Golden State, who won for the third time.
Horton-Tucker was linked with 15 of 28 shots on his big night, making his career-best 28 to 12 more points against the Chicago Bulls in November.
Dwight Howard rebounded 16 points and a game-high 12 for the Lakers, while owner Monk totaled 24 points and Austin Reeves 12.
The Warriors beat the Lakers 52.6 percent to 44.6 percent and beat the visitors 48-27 on 3-pointers.
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