Basketball: Thompson drops 43 as Warriors roast Knicks, Timberwolves edge Thunder with Wiggins' 40

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson shoots the basketball against New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena, on Jan 8, 2019.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson shoots the basketball against New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena, on Jan 8, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Klay Thompson connected on seven three-pointers in a 43-point performance, helping the hosts Golden State Warriors send the New York Knicks packing in a 122-95 shellacking on Tuesday (Jan 8).

Kevin Durant had 24 points and Stephen Curry complemented 14 points with a season-high 14 assists, enabling the Warriors to snap a three-game home losing streak. Thompson hit 18 of his 29 shots en route to his second 40-point game of the season. He had a season-best 52 at Chicago in October.

Thompson also did not go to the line once, the first time he has scored 40 or more points without shooting a free throw.

Mario Hezonja scored a team-high 19 points for the Knicks, who completed a 14-day, six-game trip with a fifth loss, their second in two nights.

Timberwolves 119, Thunder 117

Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points as the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 119-117.

It was Minnesota's first game under interim coach Ryan Saunders, who replaced Tom Thibodeau on the bench. Thibodeau was fired on Sunday after the Timberwolves' home win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

A Minnesota turnover with 15.5 seconds left gave the Thunder one last chance, but two wild Russell Westbrook three-point attempts missed the mark and Paul George's desperation put-back went wide to give the Timberwolves their third consecutive win.

The Timberwolves hit 32 of their 40 free throws, with Oklahoma City making just 19 of 26. Wiggins was 16 of 18 from the free throw line.

George led the Thunder with 27 points while Westbrook added 25 points and 16 assists.

Nuggets 103, Heat 99

Nikola Jokic's fourth triple-double of the season - 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists - carried Western Conference-leading Denver to a win over hosts Miami.

Jokic hit the go-ahead shot from the lane with 2.4 seconds left over the arms of backup centre Bam Adebayo, who played great defence on the sequence. However, Jokic awkwardly floated his shot over Adebayo and hit nothing but net.

Miami still had a chance to tie or go ahead, but Kelly Olynyk's inbounds pass was wild, leading to a turnover - just the Heat's sixth in the game.

The Heat had seven players score in double figures, led by Dion Waiters' 15.

76ers 132, Wizards 115

Rookie Landry Shamet set career highs with eight three-pointers and 29 points to carry hosts Philadelphia past Washington.

Shamet, whose previous career high was 17 points, knocked down eight of 14 shots from three-point range to set a Sixers rookie record.

Joel Embiid had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his league-leading 35th double-double and ninth in a row. Jimmy Butler added 20 points while Ben Simmons contributed 17 points and nine assists. Furkan Korkmaz scored 16 points.

The struggling Wizards were led by Bradley Beal's 28 points.

Raptors 104, Hawks 101

Kawhi Leonard made a key steal to set up the go-ahead field goal in the final minute and he finished with 31 points as Toronto defeated visiting Atlanta.

Kyle Lowry added 16 points for the Raptors, while Pascal Siakam had 13 points and 10 rebounds, OG Anunoby had 14 points and Serge Ibaka 13.

John Collins had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks, and Jeremy Lin added 20 points. Trae Young had 19 points, Dewayne Dedmon 12 points and nine rebounds and DeAndre' Bembry 11 points.

Suns 115, Kings 111

Kelly Oubre Jr scored a game-high 26 points, gave Phoenix the lead with two free throws with 43.5 seconds remaining and added a dunk 32 seconds later in a win over visiting Sacramento after trailing by 19 points at halftime.

Ben McLemore matched his season-high point total in the second quarter alone, contributing 11 points to a 40-18 explosion that sent the Kings to a 72-53 halftime advantage.

But the Suns outscored the Kings 33-14 in the third quarter to even it up at 86-86, and finished the game on an 11-2 run after falling behind again by five with just 2:25 to play.

Pacers 123, Cavaliers 115

Thaddeus Young matched his season best of 26 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 as Indiana held on for a victory over hosts Cleveland.

Victor Oladipo tallied 17 points as the Pacers won for the 14th time in the past 17 games. Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and nine rebounds and Cory Joseph scored 11 points.

Jordan Clarkson scored 26 points and Alec Burks added 19 as the Cavaliers dropped their 10th consecutive game. Tristan Thompson had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Cedi Osman also scored 15, Collin Sexton had 14 and Cameron Payne scored 10.

Clippers 128, Hornets 109

Lou Williams had 27 points and 10 assists, and Montrezl Harrell added 23 points as the bench led the way once again for Los Angeles in a victory over visiting Charlotte.

The starters did their part, too, as Tobias Harris had 23 points and Danilo Gallinari added 20 to help the Clippers win a third consecutive game for the first time since a four-game winning streak to close out November.

Malik Monk had 24 points and Jeremy Lamb scored 16 as the Hornets lost for the third time in their past four games and the sixth time in their past nine games.