SAN FRANCISCO — Klay Thompson scored a season-best 38 points, raising his right arm in triumph to ignite the home crowd and leading the Golden State Warriors past the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, 122-109 on Saturday night.
Thompson had his second 30-point performance since returning Jan. 9 from a two-year absence following knee and Achilles surgeries.
Milwaukee native Jordan Poole returned to Golden State’s starting lineup and scored 30 points with five 3-pointers to go with six rebounds and five assists.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and eight rebounds, but the Warriors’ defense held the rest of the Bucks down. Milwaukee had won six a row.
JAZZ 134, KINGS 125
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jordan Clarkson scored a career-high 45 points to overcome the absence of Rudy Gobert and Mike Conley and help Utah beat Sacramento.
Clarkson set a franchise record for points as a reserve with the first 40-point game for the Jazz since he had 41 last season on May 10 against Golden State. He has four games with more than 40 points off the bench.
Clarkson made seven 3s and made all eight shots from inside the arc and all eight free throws to help Utah rebound from a loss Friday night at San Antonio.
Three games after posting a career-best 44 points, De’Aaron Fox had 41 points and 11 assists for Sacramento.
TIMBERWOLVES 113, HEAT 104
MIAMI (AP) — Jaylen Nowell scored 16 points, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards each added 15 and Minnesota beat Miami.
The Timberwolves have won seven of eight games.
Tyler Herro scored 30 points for the Eastern Conference-leading Heat. They had 37 points in the second half after scoring 42 in the second quarter. Miami has lost two of three.
Miami’s Markieff Morris had six points and four rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench in his first game in more than four months. He missed 58 games due to a whiplash injury suffered in a Nov. 8 scuffle with Denver’s Nikola Jokic.
The Heat played without Jimmy Butler (toe irritation), Caleb Martin (knee), and Victor Oladipo (knee). Oladipo’s absence was planned after he played in three games in a five-day span for his first games in nearly a year following surgery.
RAPTORS 125, NUGGETS 115
DENVER (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored 33 points, Scottie Barnes had 25 and Toronto pulled away late to beat Denver.
Chris Boucher added 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, and Barnes also had 10 assists and eight rebounds. They won their third in a row and improved to 5-5 since the All-Star break.
Nikola Jokic had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Nuggets. Bones Hyland added 17 points, and Will Barton had 16 in his return from an ankle injury.
BULLS 101, CAVALIERS 91
CHICAGO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and 14 rebounds and Chicago beat Cleveland.
Ayo Dosunmu made three 3-pointers and finished with 17 points for the Bulls, who came away with their second straight win after losing five in a row even though they were missing Zach LaVine. The two-time All-Star was sidelined because of lingering soreness in his left knee.
Darius Garland led Cleveland with 25 points.
PACERS 119, SPURS 108
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tyrese Haliburton had 19 points and 10 assists and Indiana beat San Antonio to snap a three-game skid.
San Antonio sat Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, and Jakob Poeltl a night after coach Gregg Popovich became the winningest coach in NBA history. The Spurs rallied to beat Utah 104-102 on Friday night, giving Popovich his 1,336th regular-season victory to break a tie with Don Nelson.
Spurs rookie center Jock Landale had a season-high 26 points.
TRAIL BLAZERS 127, WIZARDS 118
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Josh Hart scored a career-high 44 points and Portland beat Washington to snap a six-game losing streak.
Hart also had eight rebounds and six assists. Trendon Watford added 27 points and Drew Eubanks had 20, each also setting career highs.
Kentavious led Washington with 26 points.