Thompson rallies Warriors past Nets 102-93
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Another slow start offensively didn't prevent Klay Thompson from continuing to shoot.
That's just the way Golden State coach Mark Jackson wants his second-year guard to think.
Two nights after going 2 for 14 from the floor and missing a potential game-winner at the end of regulation during an overtime win against Dallas, Thompson found his rhythm — in a big way.
Thompson made two 3-pointers and scored 10 of his 23 points during a pivotal run late in the third quarter and the Warriors held on to beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-93 on Wednesday night.
"I've said all along I'm not concerned about Klay's shooting," Jackson said. "That's like being worried about Albert Pujols not hitting. It's going to turn."
Thompson might not have the biceps or have the hefty contract to match the Los Angeles Angels slugger, but he came up big against the Nets.
The 11th overall pick in 2011, Thompson missed four of his first six shots but was almost flawless while sparking a 16-5 run at the end of the third quarter that put Golden State in front for good. He made an 18-foot jumper, followed with back-to-back 3-pointers and added a driving layup to give the Warriors a 70-65 lead.
After Reggie Evans made one of two free throw attempts for Brooklyn, Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer and was fouled by former Warriors teammate C.J. Watson with 2.5 seconds left in the quarter. Curry completed the four-point play to make it 74-66 heading into the final period.
Thompson made his third 3 of the night to push Golden State's lead to 96-84, then sealed the win with a backdoor layup with 52.7 seconds remaining. He also provided the bulk of the defense against Brooklyn's leading scorer Deron Williams, who was held to nine points on 4 of 12 shooting.
"I got in the gym and got my shot down a bit," Thompson said. "I just stayed with it and didn't get down on myself."
David Lee added 20 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for his fifth straight double-double while Stephen Curry had 25 points for Golden State.
The Warriors trailed by as much as 13 in the first half and didn't take their first lead until Carl Landry's layup with 2:42 left in the third, but outshot the Nets down the stretch and pulled away for their fourth win in five games.
It was a good night all around for Golden State and came on the heels of news that 7-foot center Andrew Bogut will return to practice Monday.
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