OAKLAND, CALIF – ornia
Klay Thompson got an earful from Draymond Green for his two-game total: 80 points and one assist.
Stephen Curry dished out the grief, too.
“He’s such a ball hog,” quipped Curry, who is also dishing off to Thompson at every chance.
Good thing Thompson’s shots are falling for Golden State.
He scored 40 points in consecutive games for the first time in his career and Green posted his franchise-best 12th triple-double to help the defending champion Warriors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 117-105 on Sunday night.
“Y’all are excited about the 80 points, I’m more concerned about the one assist in two games,” Green joked. “I think you’ve got to try to do that. We’ve been in here messing with Klay, ‘You can’t make a mistake and get an assist?’ “
Curry even passed up a rare wide-open shot — gasp! — to feed his fellow Splash Brother, then sneaked up to pour water on him to celebrate postgame.
“I was telling my teammates: ‘Can you get me one assist? Just catch it and shoot it,’ ” said Thompson, who didn’t get any assists Sunday. “They were killing me after the game the last two games — ’80 points, one assist, I don’t know if that’s ever been done.’ Law of averages, it’ll balance out.”
Curry had 20 points and eight assists and Green contributed 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as Golden State (66-7) stayed a game ahead of the pace set by the 1995-96 Bulls’ during their record 72-win season. Chicago was 65-8 through 73 games.
Backup big man Marreese Speights added 17 points and seven rebounds in the Warriors’ 53rd straight regular-season victory at Oracle Arena and 35th consecutive at home this season.
Carl Landry scored 22 points for the lowly Sixers, who lost their ninth in a row and 22nd in 23 while playing a back-to-back.
Curry (350) and Thompson (253) have 603 combined 3s, the most by a pair of teammates in a season. Reigning NBA MVP Curry, already the first player in NBA history with 300 3s in a season, has nine games left to chase 400.
Thompson shot 15 for 27 with seven 3-pointers and had his fourth 40-point game this season and eighth of his career, all coming at home. Speights hit his first six field-goal tries, including a pair of 3-pointers, and finished 7 for 10.
“Coming down the floor, they’re always looking to rise up,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “Klay, you forget how big of a man he is apart from his quick release. You’re just afraid of this barrage of points, 3s, all of that. Speights came in and that’s a big man that can shoot, too.”
Clippers 105, Nuggets 90
In Los Angeles, DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 16 rebounds and the Clippers beat Denver to become the fourth Western Conference team to clinch a playoff spot.
Chris Paul added 14 points, six rebounds and nine assists, Jamal Crawford also had 14 points, Jeff Green and Wesley Johnson each added 13, and J.J. Redick had 12. The Clippers had a 25-8 edge in fast-break points.
Pacers 104, Rockets 101
In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 16 of his 25 points in the first quarter and the Pacers overcame 34 points from James Harden to beat Houston.
Monta Ellis had 23 points and Ian Mahinmi tied his career high with 19 points for the Pacers, who have won three of four.
Kings 133, Mavericks 111
In Sacramento, rookie Willie Cauley-Stein followed a breakout offensive performance with 21 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Kings over Dallas.
Wizards 101, Lakers 88
In Los Angeles, John Wall had 22 points and 13 assists and Marcin Gortat added 16 points and 10 rebounds in Washington’s victory over the Lakers.