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Klay Thompson fires season-high 38 as Warriors drop Bucks

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Klay Thompson fires season-high 38 as Warriors drop Bucks

HOT HAND. Warriors guard Klay Thompson dribbles past Bucks forward Khris Middleton.

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In a battle of NBA heavyweights, the hot-shooting Warriors overpower the Bucks behind Klay Thompson’s best season performance yet

Klay Thompson turned back the clock with his most points since before his two season-ending injuries, using eight three-pointers as the foundation for a 38-point explosion that propelled the Golden State Warriors past the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, 122-109, in San Francisco Saturday night, March 12 (Sunday, March 13, Manila time) .

In a battle of NBA heavyweights, Jordan Poole chipped in with 30 points, Andrew Wiggins added 21 and Jonathan Kuminga recorded his second professional double-double as the Warriors won a third straight despite getting just 8 points from Stephen Curry.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a team-high 31 points and Khris Middleton 18 for the Bucks, who buried 17 three-pointers but nonetheless were outscored 54-51 from beyond the arc by the hot-shooting Warriors.

Thompson shot 15-for-24 overall and 8-for-14 on threes en route to his most points since 39 against the Denver Nuggets in March of 2019.

Thompson, who suffered a ruptured Achilles in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, missed the entire 2020 and 2021 seasons, the latter after tearing his ACL while rehabbing the Achilles injury.

His previous high this season in 21 games had been 33 against the Los Angeles Lakers exactly one month ago on February 12.

Poole was nearly equally brilliant, shooting 9-for-16 from the field and 5-for-10 from deep en route to his seventh 30-point game of the season. He missed a season high – 33 against Toronto in November –  by 3 points.

The Warriors shot 48.4% overall and 40% on three-pointers in avenging a 118-99 blowout at Milwaukee in January.

Kuminga’s double-double featured a game-high and season-best 11 rebounds to go with 14 points.

Curry aided the cause with a game-high 8 assists on a night when he attempted just seven shots.

Antetokounmpo got to the free throw line 18 times – three more than the entire Warriors team – and used 12 foul-shot points to raise his point total over 30 for the 28th time this season.

He also found time for a team-high 8 rebounds.

Serge Ibaka (15 points), Jrue Holiday (13), and Grayson Allen (12) also scored in double figures for the Bucks, who saw a six-game winning streak come to an end in the opener of a four-game Western swing. – Rappler.com

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