SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors narrowly defeated Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night, 110-106. It took solid performances from All-Star Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, and Otto Porter Jr. to be in a position to pull off the victory. In the fourth quarter, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson finally came alive.
The pair scored 23 points in the final quarter, and Thompson hit the biggest shot of the night to essentially seal the deal. The closing performance left nothing but joy in Steve Kerr.
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“Yeah, it was great to see. It was a struggle for much of the night, but that's kind of who Klay is in terms of hitting big shots and big free throws,” Kerr told ClutchPoints. “That's the kind of confidence he plays with even on a night when things aren't going well, he's got the ability to step up and make the shot of the game.”
The 3-pointer Thompson made with 12.5 seconds left on the clock gave the Warriors a four-point lead. The shot was made over Irving and Patty Mills, and there was no hesitation whatsoever when the 3-point specialist caught the ball. It didn't matter that he was 1-of-7 for the game, Thompson knew this one was going to hit nothing but net, and that's what happened.
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The game wasn't quite over after Thompson's clutch basket. Irving quickly made a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game again, but on the next possession, Thompson drew a foul before the inbounds pass. This resulted in a free throw for Curry and possession of the ball.
On the final possession, the Warriors quickly got the ball into the hands of Thompson. The Nets fouled him immediately, and he knocked down the free throws to finally put the game out of reach.