HOUSTON – Klay Thompson had a great night offensively on Saturday.More impressive, though, was his work on defence as he limited NBA leading scorer James Harden to just 11 points.Stephen Curry and Thompson scored 27 points each and the Golden State Warriors used a huge third quarter to roll to a 131-106 win over the Houston Rockets.Thompson was asked if he takes pride in building a reputation as someone who can be dominant on both ends of the floor.I do. I really do, he said. I just want to continue to prove that and get better every game.Coach Steve Kerr raved about Thompsons work on Harden, who went 4 of 15, including 0 of 4 on 3s, to finish well below his average of 27 points a game.Klay did a great job, Kerr said of the guard, who had a career-high five blocks. I thought Klay did a good job of avoiding fouls and then contesting late.Golden State rebounded from a loss to Oklahoma City on Friday night that snapped an eight-game winning streak.Anytime you get a bounce back win and finish a four-games-in-five-nights stretch 3-1, thats big, Curry said.The Warriors led by five at halftime and used a 38-point third quarter, with 15 points from Curry, to take a 22-point lead into the fourth.Dwight Howard, who missed the first two games against the Warriors, led Houston with 23 points and 10 rebounds.The Rockets got five straight points from Kostas Papanikolaou to cut the lead to 110-94 with seven minutes left, but Golden State scored nine quick points after that, led by Currys five, to make it 119-94 and cruise to the win.It is Golden States NBA-leading 24th double-digit victory and its third win over Houston this season. Its the first time the Warriors won a season series against the Rockets since 2006-07.They finish the series on Wednesday at Golden State.A 3-pointer by Josh Smith cut Golden States lead to 10 with three minutes left in the third quarter. But the Warriors capped the quarter with a 12-0 run, with eight points from David Lee, to go up 102-80 entering the fourth quarter. Houston had four turnovers to help the Warriors build the lead.That third quarter was ridiculous, coach Kevin McHale said. We couldnt get a stop, we turned it over and we just lost all of our fire. We had nothing.The Warriors scored the first five points and the second half to push the lead to 69-59. The Rockets used a 7-1 run, with four points from Howard, to get within 70-66 a couple minutes later.Curry, who had 11 assists, got Golden State going again after that, making an off-balance layup as he was fouled. He tumbled backward and landed on top of a cameraman on the sideline before falling to the court.He made the free throw and those three points were the start of a 10-2 run that extended the advantage to 80-68 midway through the third quarter.The lead had changed 11 times and it had been tied 11 other times before Houston used a 7-0 run to make it 59-55 with about two minutes left in the first half.Kerr called a 20-second timeout and the Warriors regrouped and finished the half with a 9-0 spurt to a take a 64-59 lead into halftime.Our guys did a great job the two minutes of closing the quarter and getting a couple of hoops and re-establishing ourselves and I think that carried over to the third quarter when we really went on a good run, he said.TIP-INSWarriors: Andre Iguodala got a technical foul in the second quarter. … Its the first time Golden State has swept a road series against the Rockets since 1975-76.Rockets: Howard received a technical with about 10 minutes left in the first quarter for arguing an offensive foul. … Golden States 64 first-half points were the second-most Houston has allowed before halftime this season. … Golden States 38 points in the third were the most the Rockets have allowed in a quarter this season.KERRS QUIPKerr rested Andrew Bogut and Iguodala on Friday night against the Thunder and was asked before the game if he has a better handle on when to give players time off since he played for 16 seasons.My coaches often rested me when I was fine, he deadpanned. So Im not sure if really have a handle on it or not.UP NEXTWarriors: Host Nuggets Monday.Rockets: Host Pacers Monday. Justin Tuggle Browns Jersey. Hernandez (3-0) struck out 11 and shut down Oakland for the second time in a week, becoming the first Mariners pitcher to win three times in the first nine games of a season. With the usual “Kings Court” for Hernandez home starts expanded to a “Supreme Court” encompassing the entire stadium with yellow shirts and “K” cards, Hernandez gave up four hits in the 28th double-digit strikeout game of his career. Joel Bitonio Browns Jersey.com) – The Vancouver Canucks will try to win two straight games for the first time since mid-January on Monday night as they play host to the struggling New York Islanders. http://www.brownsauthenticproshop.com/Youth-Christian-Yount-Browns-Jersey/.com) – Colorado may be ahead of the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference standings, but they are a club that the Avalanche may want to avoid in the playoffs. Cleveland Browns Jersey. As deep as their roster is, they need their superstar. Rose scored 23 points in his return from a five-game absence due to back pain, and Chicago hung on to beat the struggling Atlanta Hawks 90-79 on Monday. Buster Skrine Browns Jersey. — Damian Lillard couldnt believe when he got a clear look at the rim.PORTLAND, Ore. — The Golden State Warriors were thrilled to have Klay Thompson. Thompson, returning after a one-game absence to attend his grandfathers funeral in the Bahamas, scored 23 of his 27 points in the second half and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds remaining to lift the Warriors to a 113-112 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night. Stephen Curry led all scorers with 37 points for the Warriors, who rallied from an 18-point deficit midway through the third quarter to snap a two-game skid. Golden State also moved 1 1/2 games behind Portland for the Western Conferences No. 5 playoff spot. “Thats as good a win as weve had in three years,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “It would have been very easy to fold our tent and hang our heads. Klay and Steph were spectacular.” Damian Lillard finished with 26 points and Nicholas Batum had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Portland also played without injured All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed his second game with a lower back contusion. Batum had a chance to tie the score with 5.8 seconds remaining, but missed the second of two free throws. The Blazers got the rebound but failed to get another shot off. Curry dedicated the victory to Thompson, who had to take three different flights to get from the Bahamas to Portland and didnt arrive until the wee hours Sunday morning. “We wanted to get this one for Klay,” said Curry, who made 11 of 24 shots, including 6 of 12 from 3-point range. “Hes been through a lot this week, put on a lot of miles, and obviously ben through a lot. “For him to compartmentalize a little bit for two hours and come out and play was big for us. It says a lot about how much hes committed to whats going on here.” Thompson didnt show any fatigue, especially in the second half when he connected on 8 of 14 shots, including three 3-pointers. “Yeah, three flights, but I slept on most of them,” Thompson said. “I actually felt fresh when I stepped on the court. You might not believe me, but I warmed up before the game and felt good.” Robin Lopez finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Wesley Matthews and Dorell Wright had 13 points each for the Blazers, who led by 18 points twice, the second time at 72-54 with 7:20 remaining in the third quarter. “We have to put that game away,” Matthews said. “With guys like Steph and Klay, they can get hot and thats what they did. We still gave ourselves a chance, but were at the point now where if we have a team down 18, we have to put that game away.” Golden State pulled to 85-77 going into the fourth quarter and took thhe lead with 6:01 to play after Thompson blocked Lillards shot at one end of the court and got fouled on a drive to the basket at the other end while Portland coach Terry Stotts was also assessed a technical foul.dddddddddddd Curry made the technical free throw and then Thompson made 1 of 2 foul shots to put the Warriors in front 97-96 — their first lead since 31-29. From there, the lead changed four times and there were two ties before Thompsons 3 from in front of the Portland bench put the Warriors in front, 110-107, with 53.8 seconds left. After a dunk by Lillard pulled Portland to 110-109, Curry turned the ball over. Lillard was then fouled driving to the basket and made both free throws to make it 111-110 with 20.7 seconds remaining. Thompsons third 3 of the game gave the Warriors the lead for good. “Hes a big-time player,” Jackson said of Thompson. “Hes as cool as they come. It does not bother him making and missing shots. Hes not afraid to take the next one.” David Lee had 16 points and Jermaine ONeal added eight points and four rebounds off the bench for the Warriors. “Disappointed to lose another close game,” Stotts said. “Curry got hot in the second half. We have to figure out ways to close out games and realize when we have a 16-, 18-point lead, we cant take our foot off the gas.” Portlands Mo Williams, expected to miss two weeks with a strained right hip muscle, returned after missing only two games and had 12 points, four assists and two steals. NOTES: Batum matched his season high with five 3-pointers and became the first player in franchise history to record consecutive games with 20 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and four or more 3-pointers. Hes also the first NBA player with 22 or more points, 14 or more rebounds, and four or more 3-pointers in back-to-back games since Minnesotas Kevin Love on Jan. 1-2, 2012. … Jackson said before the game that the Blazers are a different team without Aldridge, who was averaging team highs of 23.4 points and 11.1 rebounds when was injured in the third quarter of Wednesdays 103-90 loss at San Antonio. … The Blazers came in second in league scoring at 107.3 points a game and had scored 90 or more points in 20 consecutive games. The last time Portland was held to fewer than 90 points was in a 98-81 loss at home to Memphis. … Jackson lobbied for eighth-year centre Andrew Bogut as a candidate for the NBAs all-defensive team. “Hes the anchor to our defence,” Jackson said. “Hes a guy who changes, alters, blocks a lot of shots at the rim, protects the paint, and rebounds the basketball. Hes been very, very valuable to what weve been able to do this year and deserves a lot of credit.” Wholesale Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘
December 31, 2016
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