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Curry, Poole combine for 64 as Warriors beat Thunder 136-125

Curry, Poole combine for 64 as Warriors beat Thunder 136-125

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Jordan Poole dazzled down the stretch to score 30 and the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 136-125 on Tuesday night in their final regular-season home game to move into fifth place in the Western Conference standings.

For a day, that is. The winner of the Clippers-Lakers game Wednesday jumps to fifth and will drop Golden State to sixth.

On a night Klay Thompson was a late scratch with low back tightness, Poole and his backcourt mates came through. Poole raised his hands to make a 3 sign while celebrating his big make from deep with 3:17 to play that put the Warriors up 131-120. He added a 360-degree layup the next time down off Draymond Green’s steal.

Green contributed 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists with a pair of blocked shots and steals.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 32 points, 21 in the first half, for the Thunder. Jalen Williams added 19 points but the Thunder lost their third in a row and fourth of five.

Moses Moody’s dunk with 4:57 left in the third pulled the Warriors within 92-91 after they trailed by 10 at halftime. He finished with 13 points and five rebounds in his first game scoring in double figures since Jan. 13.

Donte DiVincenzo added 16 points and Kevon Looney grabbed 11 rebounds as the Warriors held a 54-38 advantage on the boards.

The defending champions got a nice lift before the game seeing Andrew Wiggins back with the team after he had been away since mid-February dealing with a family matter, though he won’t be ready to play immediately as he works to get his conditioning back. Wiggins received a warm ovation when announced during the first quarter and he grinned ear to ear.

HOME SWEET HOME

The Warriors won their final three at home and finished the regular season 33-8 at Chase Center and with their 471st consecutive sellout.

WIGGINS RETURNS

Wiggins has rejoined the team after being away for six weeks dealing with a family matter and is working his way back to being able to play again. That won’t be in the next few days, coach Steve Kerr said.

“When you’re in a certain situation and your family needs you, it requires your attention and your love, that’s my first priority,” Wiggins said. “My career, everything, family’s always first for me. It will always be that way. I felt like I was in a safe space to come back. We’ve got everything settled, not fully settled, but in a safe place where I can come back.”

Wiggins missed his 23rd straight game and hasn’t played since Feb. 13 versus Washington. He has missed 43 games in all — three more with left foot soreness, 10 because of a strained adductor in his right thigh, and seven games with a non-COVID illness.

TIP-INS

Thunder: Oklahoma City shot 15 for 26 in the opening quarter and 59.6% in the first half. ... The Thunder lost the season series 3-0 last year and 3-1 this season.

Warriors: Golden State has won five straight against the Thunder at home and hasn’t lost on its home floor in the series since a 100-97 defeat on Nov. 25, 2019, in Chase Center’s initial season.

UP NEXT

Thunder: At Utah on Thursday night looking to snap a four-game skid on the Jazz’s home floor and win the season series.

Warriors: At Sacramento on Friday night looking to win the season series against the playoff-bound Kings and former top assistant Mike Brown.

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