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Klay Thompson, Warriors rally past depleted Lakers


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Klay Thompson, Warriors rally past depleted Lakers

SIZZLING. Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson goes to the basket against Lakers forward Kent Bazemore.

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The Warriors stay in the tight race for the No. 3 playoff seed in the West after tripping the eliminated Lakers crew who played minus their superstars

Klay Thompson continued a hot stretch with a team-high 33 points and the host Golden State Warriors rallied late in the third quarter to claim a 128-112 victory over the superstar-depleted Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, April 7 (Friday, April 8, Manila time).

Jordan Poole saw a 17-game run of 20-point performances come to an end, but he posted a 19-point, 11-assist double-double for the Warriors (51-29), who increased their lead over the Dallas Mavericks (50-30) to a full game with two remaining in the battle for the No. 3 playoff seed in the West.

Playing without LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, the Lakers (31-49) got a career-high 40 points from Talen Horton-Tucker in a surprisingly competitive effort in the wake of playoff elimination two nights earlier.

Seeking to end a seven-game losing streak, the Lakers led 81-78 in the seventh minute of the third quarter before going scoreless for nearly five minutes.

Golden State took advantage, getting a tying three-pointer from Andrew Wiggins, a go-ahead driving hoop from Draymond Green, and two subsequent jumpers from Thompson in a 13-0 burst that opened a 91-81 advantage.

The Lakers got no closer than seven in the final period.

Thompson shot 12-for-22 from the field and 6-for-10 on three-pointers in his third 30-point effort in the last 13 days.

Poole’s game-high 11 assists contributed to Golden State’s total of 39 on 51 baskets.

Andre Iguodala added to the passing display with 7 assists to complement 5 points, while Green also had 7 assists with his 10 points.

Wiggins finished with 17 points, and Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. added 10 apiece for Golden State, which won its third straight.

Horton-Tucker connected on 15-of-28 shots on his big night, which produced a whopping 12 more points than his previous career high of 28, against the Chicago Bulls in November.

Dwight Howard tallied 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Lakers, while Malik Monk totaled 24 points and Austin Reaves 12.

The Warriors outshot the Lakers 52.6% to 44.6% and outscored the guests 48-27 on three-pointers. –

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