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OAKLAND---Golden State s Klay Thompson scored
a season-high 45 points as the Warriors avenged
one of its rare losses this season by beating Dallas
127-107 on Wednesday.
The Mavericks comfortably defeated the Warriors
on December 30 for one of only four defeats Golden
State has suffered, but were a long way off the NBA
pacesetters in this latest encounter. The Warriors
stayed three games clear atop the league and Western
Conference standings ahead of San Antonio, which
beat Houston to extend its home winning streak to
34 games. Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Clippers took
a close contest at Atlanta, and Oklahoma City needed
two key late baskets from Kevin Durant to edge Min-
nesota in a high-scoring shootout.
Golden State s Thompson had his second 40-point
game of the season and sixth of his career, shooting
14 of 20, 7 for 12 on 3-pointers and making all 10
of his free throws. Warriors star Stephen Curry had
a very quiet first half but hit three quick 3-pointers
early in the third quarter. He finished with a modest
14 points. Chandler Parsons scored 23 points for Dal-
las. San Antonio suffered a 30-point defeat to Golden
State in its previous game, but rediscovered its best
form at home to beat Houston 130-99.
LaMarcus Aldridge, who was poor against the
Warriors, had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the
Spurs, who are 25-0 at home this season after winning
their last nine there in 2014-15. James Harden had
20 points for the Rockets, who suffered their heaviest
defeat of the season. The Clippers just held off a
mistake-prone Atlanta to win 85-83. The Hawks
turned it over a season-worst 23 times but still had
a chance to force overtime when they got the ball
back with 6.7 seconds left. The inbound pass went
to Paul Millsap, who drove and got a good look at
the basket but came up short on a running one-
Jamal Crawford had 21 points and DeAndre Jordan
scored 13 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for the
Clippers, who again won in the absence of Blake
Griffin, who will miss up to six weeks after breaking
a hand when punching a staff member. Jeff Teague
INDEPENDENCE---LeBron James disdains the notion
he s a coach killer.
Widely criticised in NBA circles for a perception
that he pushed for Cleveland s front office to fire David
Blatt last week, James said the criticism that he under-
cuts coaches was unfair.
"But what can I do about it?" he said on Wednesday.
"I ve never, in my time since I picked up a basketball,
ever undermined a coach, ever disrespected a coach,"
he said. "You ask any of my little league coaches, my
high school coaches, coaches I ve played for in tour-
naments, camps, my NBA coaches, I ve always respect-
ed what they wanted to do."Blatt was fired last Friday
midway through his second season despite having
them atop the Eastern Conference standings and
leading the team to the NBA Finals last season.
Blatt s dismissal---he s the third coach fired on a
team James has played on---ed to some condemnation
of the four-time league MVP. On Tuesday, a limited
partner with the Miami Heat said during an interview
on Israeli radio that James tried to get Erik Spoelstra
fired in Miami. Ranaan Katz later retracted his statement
to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Blatt was replaced by Tyronn Lue, his top assistant
and a former NBA player who has known James since
he was a 17-year-old high school phenomenon.For
many, Lue s ascension was the result of James not
wanting Blatt around.
There was an obvious disconnect between James
and Blatt, who was wildly successful in Europe and
hired by Cleveland before James decided to return to
the Cavaliers as a free agent in 2014.
The James-Blatt relationship was scrutinized during
both seasons and when it finally collapsed, the LeBron-
got-him-fired narrative gained traction. (AP)
Thompson powers Warriors
to victory over Mavericks
led Atlanta with 16 points. Oklahoma City s Durant
had 27 points, and hit two huge shots in the final
two minutes to give the Thunder a 126-123 win
against Minnesota. Russell Westbrook had 24 points,
15 assists and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who
completed a four-game road trip 3-1.
Zach LaVine scored 35 points on 14-for-17 shooting
for the Timberwolves, who rued ten missed free
throws. Cleveland stormed away in the second half
to beat Phoenix 115-93 to hand the Suns a 17th loss
in 19 games. Boston made in four wins in succession
by defeating Denver 111-103, with Avery Bradley
matching his season high with 27 points. (AP)
LeBron says criticism unfair
of an NBA
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