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Klay Thompson’s late trey lifts Warriors past Nets

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Klay Thompson’s late trey lifts Warriors past Nets

STAR GUARDS. Warriors' Klay Thompson (right) drives against Nets' Kyrie Irving

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The Splash Brothers take over late as the Warriors fend off the Nets for their fifth straight win

Klay Thompson drilled a clutch three-pointer with 12.5 seconds remaining and combined with Stephen Curry to score Golden State’s final 17 points, allowing the Warriors to outlast the visiting Brooklyn Nets, 110-106, in San Francisco on Saturday night, January 29 (Sunday, January 30, Manila time).

On a night when they combined to shoot just 10-for-32 overall and 5-for-18 on three-pointers, Curry (19) and Thompson (16) got plenty of support from Andrew Wiggins, who went for a team-high 24 points.

Able to play because the game was on the road, Kyrie Irving paced the Nets with 32 points. James Harden (sore right hand) joined Kevin Durant (sprained left knee) on the sidelines.

After Irving and Patty Mills hit two free throws apiece to get Brooklyn within 104-103 with 30.8 seconds to go, Thompson took a Curry pass and drilled just his second triple of the night to make it a four-point game.

Irving countered immediately with a three-pointer of his own, his third of the night, to close the gap to 107-106, before Curry hit one free throw and Thompson two in the final 9 seconds to ice the win.

Curry (6-for-6) and Thompson (4-for-4) made all their free throws. Curry also found time for 7 rebounds, a game-high 8 assists, and 3 steals.

Wiggins’ 24 points came on 10-for-18 shooting, while Jordan Poole added 17 points and Otto Porter Jr. 16 for the Warriors, who completed a 6-1 homestand with a fifth straight win.

Porter also contributed 6 rebounds and 4 blocks, and Kevon Looney grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds to complement 6 points for Golden State, which completed a two-game season-series sweep over the Nets.

The Warriors won despite shooting just 31.1% on three-pointers, but did outscore the visitors 42-33 from beyond the arc.

Irving, who shot 11-for-12 at the foul line, also had 7 rebounds, a team-high 7 assists, and 3 steals for the Nets, who lost their fourth straight.

Connecting on 6-for-12 from beyond the arc, Patty Mills added 24 points for Brooklyn, while James Johnson had 14, and Nic Claxton 9 to go with a team-high 8 rebounds.

In the opener of a five-game trip, the Nets trailed by as many as 19 points before using a 20-4 run at the end of the third quarter to get within 78-76 and set up a tight finish. Irving had 12 in the burst.

– Rappler.com

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