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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State coach Steve Kerr insisted on telling Klay Thompson he played his best game to date since returning in January after a 2 1/2-year absence following surgical operations and long rehabilitations on his left knee and his right Achilles.

Jordan Poole continues to do his part to provide a spark when the Warriors lack stars like Thompson or, currently, Stephen Curry.

Thompson scored 33 points with six 3-pointers and Golden State won its third straight game after dropping four in a row, fleeing the exhausted Los Angeles Lakers late for a 128-112 victory Thursday night.

Of Thompson’s 22 shots, Kerr liked them all but two.

“I thought it was Klay’s best game ever,” Kerr said. “I know he scored more, but just in terms of shot selection, he was just down to earth under him, his balance was great, his decision making was really good. So a lot of good things are happening.

Poole added 19 points and 11 assists for the Warriors on a festive night at the Chase Center, where huge Golden State fan and K-pop star BamBam brought the house down with a spirited performance in mid -time during the Warriors’ last regular season. Game at home.

“Jordan was amazing. He had a fantastic season,” Kerr said. “He replaced Klay and Steph when they were injured. He did everything we asked him to do.

Poole continues to show his growth by asking veterans like Andre Iguodala questions and making the extra pass to create shots for his teammates.

“It’s really good to put my team-mates in really easy situations to score the ball, especially having the guys go early in case the game gets close at the end, they have rhythm and they are a uncomfortable,” Poole said. .

Talen Horton-Tucker scored a career-high 40 points on 15-for-28 shooting to lead a Lakers team missing LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook. Malik Monk contributed 24 points as Los Angeles lost its eighth straight game.

Andrew Wiggins added 17 points in the Warriors’ last tune-up in the Bay Area before securing home-court advantage to start the playoffs next weekend.

“We will try to win all three games. We’re just going into this thinking, give some momentum. If we could capitalize on those last two wins and get through the next week on a winning streak, I think that would serve us really well,” Kerr said. “But whatever happens with the standings, we will play whoever we play against.”

Los Angeles had eight of its first 12 shots and made 11 trips to the free throw line at 5:07 of the first quarter — shooting 38 free throws in all to the Warriors’ 10.

The three previous meetings between the rivals had been decided by seven points or less.

Tim Hardaway was honored ahead of the start of the second quarter for his election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – announced by fellow Run TMC and Hall of Famers Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond.

LEBRON’S INFLUENCE

Kerr barely considers James almost done despite being 37 years old.

“LeBron is still one of the great players in the league,” Kerr said. “He showed it this year. … He’s an all-time great and even though he’s past his prime due to his age and mileage, he’s one of the best players in the world.

ADVICE

Lakers: James has a sprained left ankle, Davis a sprained right foot and Westbrook a sore right shoulder, while Anthony recovers from a stomach bug. Lakers coach Frank Vogel remained hopeful that some of them could play Friday at home against the Thunder. … The Lakers shot 4 of 18 from 3-point range in the first half and 9 of 32 overall. … Dwight Howard received a technical with 1:47 left in the first half. … Los Angeles has lost 16 straight road games to Western Conference teams. … The Lakers waived forward Trevor Ariza, whose ankle surgery limited him to 24 games. “He derailed most of his season and his impact on our team this year, yes,” Vogel said.

Warriors: Kerr said Thompson, Otto Porter Jr. and Iguodala will each have one of the weekend’s back-to-back games to rest. Iguodala had seven assists as the Warriors finished with 39. … Golden State went 31-10 at home. … The Warriors sold out their 418th straight game with a crowd of 18,064. The sold-out streak dates back to December 18, 2012.

FOLLOWING

Lakers: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night.

Warriors: At Spurs on Saturday. Golden State has won its last two games in San Antonio.

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