LOS ANGELES – The Golden State Warriors rebounded from their biggest loss of the season with a dominating shooting performance.
Klay Thompson scored 32 points, fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry added 23 and the Warriors shot 51 percent in beating the Los Angeles Clippers 115-112 on Saturday night to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season.
“I was just proud of the way we responded from the jump, especially after letting (Portland’s) best player go for 50 last night,” Thompson said. “We had to give some back. We were out to prove a point that last night was a fluke.”
The Warriors were coming off a 32-point drubbing at Portland a night earlier that snapped their 11-game winning streak. They appeared highly motivated to erase that memory from the opening tip, shooting 56 percent in the first half and twice leading by 15 points in the second quarter.
“We can have a letdown night like last night, but we come back and refocus, and turn it on and find a way to get a win against a great team that’s been playing well the last 20 or so games,” Curry said. “With the short turnaround, we didn’t want to have any excuses coming into tonight, and we got it done.”
Draymond Green had his NBA-leading 11th triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to help the defending champions improve to 49-5.
Jamal Crawford scored 25 points off the bench, Chris Paul added 24 and DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 21 rebounds for the Clippers. They fell to 19-6 without injured Blake Griffin. Their two earlier losses to the Warriors were by a combined 11 points with Griffin in the lineup.
“They’re sort of becoming like San Antonio, they’re not going to beat themselves,” said Paul, whose thigh bruise got him pulled with 8:09 remaining. “We had a few bad stretches. We know we have to be better and we will be.”
Heat 114, Wizards 94
In Miami, Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 23 rebounds in his return from a one-game suspension to help the Heat beat Washington.
Whiteside was suspended for throwing an elbow at San Antonio center Boban Marjanovic’s head on Feb. 9. It was the 11th time in NBA history that a player has had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game off the bench.
Luol Deng had 27 points a night after scoring 30 points in a victory at Atlanta, and Goran Dragic added a season-high 24 points and had eight assists and seven rebounds.
The Heat played without All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for the second consecutive game.
Bucks 117, Hawks 109 (2OT)
In Atlanta, Jabari Parker had career highs of 28 points and 13 rebounds, Greg Monroe added 24 points and Milwaukee outlasted the Hawks in double overtime to end a six-game road skid.
Paul Millsap finished with 27 points, and Dennis Schroder had 25 for the Hawks. Atlanta has lost three straight at home for the first time since March 2014.
Knicks 103, Timberwolves 95
In Minneapolis, Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 11 rebounds and New York beat the Timberwolves to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Robin Lopez had 26 points and 16 rebounds to give interim coach Kurt Rambis his first victory since taking over for the fired Derek Fisher three games ago.