Klay Thompson set an NBA record with 14 3-pointers as part of an NBA-season-high 52-point performance, and the visiting Golden State Warriors stormed to a 149-124 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
The Warriors scored 92 points in the first half — the most ever by a road team and the second most of all time behind the Phoenix Suns, who had 107 in the first half against the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 19, 1990.
Golden State led 92-50 at the break. The 42-point margin was the fourth-largest halftime lead in history and the largest lead by a road team. Thompson finished 14 of 24 from beyond the arc. He exulted and held up three fingers with each hand after his record-breaking 3-ball dropped through the net with 4:53 remaining in the third quarter.
The shot moved Thompson past teammate Steph Curry, who sank 13 3-pointers against the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 8, 2016. In 26 minutes of action, Thompson made 18 of 29 field-goal attempts and grabbed five rebounds.
Bucks 124, Raptors 109
Host Milwaukee held Toronto without a field goal for the first 4:11 of the second quarter, establishing an early lead before pulling away in a battle of unbeaten teams missing their leading scorers.
The Bucks improved to 7-0 despite the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was recovering from a concussion, and took advantage of the Raptors’ decision to rest their star, Kawhi Leonard.
Milwaukee filled Antetokounmpo’s void with balanced scoring, placing seven players in double figures, led by Ersan Ilyasova’s 19 points. Serge Ibaka had a season-high 30 for the Raptors, who fell to 6-1.
Timberwolves 124, Lakers 120
Jimmy Butler made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 32 points to lead host Minnesota over Los Angeles in Minneapolis.
Karl-Anthony Towns added 25 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks for the Timberwolves, and rookie guard Josh Okogie scored a season-high 17 points.
LeBron James had 29 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers after being held scoreless in the first quarter. Brandon Ingram returned from a four-game suspension and scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half for Los Angeles, and Kyle Kuzma scored 16 of his 19 in the first half.
Nuggets 116, Pelicans 111
Nikola Jokic finished one rebound shy of a triple-double, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray scored 23 points apiece, and host Denver beat New Orleans. Jokic finished with 12 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
His effort helped Denver remain unbeaten in four home games this season. Paul Millsap also scored 18 points for the Nuggets.
Julius Randle had 24 points and eight rebounds and Nikola Mirotic had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which hung tough despite not having Anthony Davis (elbow).
76ers 113, Hawks 92
Ben Simmons scored 21 points to lead seven Philadelphia players in double figures in a rout of visiting Atlanta.
Simmons, who registered his first 20-plus point effort of the season, also had 12 rebounds and nine assists. It was the 21st time in Simmons’ young career that he has scored at least 20 points.
Markelle Fultz scored a career-high 16 points while Mike Muscala and JJ Redick added 14 apiece for the Sixers, who won their second straight. Joel Embiid had a relatively quiet game with 10 points, six rebounds and six assists. Kent Bazemore led the Hawks with 18 points while Trae Young, Omari Spellman and Dewayne Dedmon added 11 each.
Spurs 113, Mavericks 108 (OT)
DeMar DeRozan, who led all players with 34 points, scored six points in the final 1:43 of overtime as host San Antonio held off Dallas, which is still winless on the road.
DeRozan outdueled Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic, who scored a career-high 31 points. Doncic scored eight consecutive points during a late fourth-quarter run that helped Dallas force overtime.
LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 20 points for San Antonio, which received 15 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and six steals from Rudy Gay. DeRozan led the Spurs with nine assists. Dallas got 22 points from Dennis Smith Jr. Harrison Barnes added 18 points, and DeAndre Jordan had eight points and 18 rebounds.
Trail Blazers 103, Pacers 93
CJ McCollum and Zach Collins each had 17 points to lead seven Portland double-figure scorers as the visitors dropped Indiana in Indianapolis.
Collins matched his career high and led a crew of Trail Blazers reserves who outscored their Pacers counterparts 54-15.
Victor Oladipo scored 21 points and Darren Collison added 17 for the Pacers. The Blazers shot 48.7 percent from the field and 94.4 percent from the free-throw line and won the rebounding battle 50-35.
Knicks 115, Nets 96
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored the first eight points of a decisive run spanning the second and third quarters as host New York snapped a five-game losing streak by beating Brooklyn.
The Knicks’ losing streak included close losses to a pair of Eastern Conference contenders, the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, as well as a 28-point loss to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in which New York led in the fourth quarter.
Hardaway led all scorers with 25 points while Enes Kanter recorded a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 17 points while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 16 points.
Kings 123, Heat 113
Willie Cauley-Stein posted 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead visiting Sacramento over Miami despite Josh Richardson scoring a career-high 31 points for the Heat, which had its two-game win streak snapped.
The Kings, who have won three straight games, were also led by Buddy Hield (23 points), De’Aaron Fox (20 points, eight assists) and Nemanja Bjelica (19 points, five assists, five rebounds).
The Kings used a 43-point third quarter to propel them to victory. It was the most points allowed by Miami in any quarter this season.