Klay Thompson returned from two-and-a-half-year injury nightmare to lead Golden State Warriors past Cleveland Cavaliers | NBA News

Klay Thompson returned from a two-and-a-half year absence with 17 points in 20 minutes of play, and Stephen Curry set a record 28 points Sunday night when the Golden State Warriors took two straight losses with a 96-82 win over Cleveland. Cavaliers visiting San Francisco.

Playing for the first time since he tore the ACL to his left knee in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, Thompson needed just 40 seconds to record his first basket of the season and less than half to knock his own. first dunk and splash his first 3 points.

The five-time All-Star finished 3 of 8 with 3 points and 7 of 18 in total from the field. He also had three rebounds, one assist and one block after a 941-day absence which included breaking the right Achilles in a comeback attempt before the 2020-21 season.

Inspired by Thompson’s return, the Warriors were up nine points in the first quarter, then 24 in the third before the Cavaliers, looking for a third win in their last four games, made things interesting in the final period.

A pair of Rajon Rondo triples helped the visitors come in 85-75 with 5:47 left before Thompson’s third triple of the night, 3:45 left, helped Golden State keep the Cavaliers at arm’s length.

Curry shot 4 for 11 for 3 points on a night when he and Thompson combined for seven of Golden State’s 10 threes in the team’s 42 attempts.

Jordan Poole scored a couple of 3 points among his 14 points off the bench, while Andrew Wiggins added 10 for the Warriors, who swept away the two-game streak of the season.

Kevon Looney had 18 rebounds, six points and four steals for Golden State, who topped the tallest Cavaliers 54-42.

Draymond Green, battling a tight left calf, started the match as a tribute to Thompson’s comeback. He committed an intentional foul seven seconds into the match so that he could be removed and never returned.

Lamar Stevens had 17 points to beat Cleveland, who was making his second stop on a six-game western swing. The Cavaliers have to endure the second half of a back-to-back Monday night in Sacramento.

Rondo finished with 15 points and Jarrett Allen 12 to complete seven rebounds. Evan Mobley had 11 points for the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers lost despite 42.7% to 40.2% from the field and 29.2% to 23.8% from 3 points. Rondo scored on three of Cleveland’s seven threes without fail.

Lakers 119-127 Grizzly

The visiting Memphis Grizzlies set a franchise record with their ninth straight win when Desmond Bane shot 5 for 8 from 3 points away and scored 23 points.

Jaren Jackson Jr. added 21 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks, and Ja Morant finished with 16 points and seven assists.

LeBron James scored 35 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, who came with a four-game winning streak throughout the season.

It was the 11th consecutive game in which James scored at least 25 points. James, 37, is the oldest NBA player to accomplish that feat.

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Highlights of the Atlanta Hawks against the LA Clippers in week 12 of the NBA.

Trail Blazers 103-88 Kings

Anfernee Simons scored 31 points and made seven triples, and Jusuf Nurkic contributed 14 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists for Portland, who has only won for the second time in their last eight games and fifth in their last 21 outings.

Nassir Little and Ben McLemore added 13 points each for Portland.

Tyrese Haliburton recorded 17 points and nine assists and Alex Len added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings. De’Aaron Fox scored 14 points, Harrison Barnes had 13 and Buddy Hield counted 10 for Sacramento, who lost four consecutive games and 12 of 17.

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Highlights of the San Antonio Spurs against the Brooklyn Nets in week 12 of the NBA.

Thunder 95-99 Nuggets

Nikola Jokic scored 22 points, 18 rebounds and six assists to lead the Nuggets.

Jokic got answers when the Nuggets needed them, bringing them into the third quarter when the offense disappeared and then responded again in the last minute.

Moments after Thunder’s Mike Muscala equalized the game at 95 in the last minute, Jokic attacked the basket, earning his way to the free-throw line, where he put Denver back in the lead.

A couple of Oklahoma City mistakes helped the Nuggets hold on for their second straight win.

The defeat was the fourth in a row for the Thunder.

Jokic had nine of his rebounds in the fourth. Oklahoma City was just 1 in 9 from over the arc in the fourth, though, and didn’t attempt a free throw.

Austin Rivers set a season record of 22 off the bench, scoring six from 3s while Jeff Green added 16 and Barton 14 – eight of them in the first three minutes of play.

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Highlights of the Washington Wizards against the Orlando Magic in week 12 of the NBA.

Mavericks 113-99 Bulls

Luka Doncic recorded a triple-double of 22 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists, and the Dallas Mavericks extended their winning streak to six games while Sunday in Dallas scored a nine-game winning streak for the Chicago Bulls, 113-99. .

A back-and-forth contest in the first three quarters, the Mavericks scored a 19-9 run to open the fourth quarter. This gave Dallas a double-digit lead which it maintained for the remainder of the course and extended up to 18 points along the stretch.

All five Mavericks starters scored in double digits, led by Doncic. Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith scored all 18 and 12 of their points with a 6-for-9 and 4-for-7 3-point shot, scoring Dallas’ 16-of-36 performance over the arc.

Raptors 105-101 Pelicans

Fred VanVleet scored two 3 points in the final two minutes and finished with 32 points while Pascal Siakam added 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who extended their best streak to six games.

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Highlights of the New Orleans Pelicans against the Toronto Raptors in week 12 of the NBA.

OG Anunoby contributed 12 points.

Brandon Ingram scored 22 points for the Pelicans. Teammate Jonas Valanciunas, playing in Toronto for the first time since being traded by the Raptors to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2019, added 20 points and 17 rebounds. Herbert Jones scored 13 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Devonte Graham scored 11 each.

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