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Klay Thompson scores a season-high 38 as Warriors top Bucks

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Klay Thompson has been waiting for his shot to start dropping consistently, and he certainly found a rhythm for Golden State against defending champion Milwaukee.

He didn’t force it, and he plans to build on this as he continues to learn during his comeback season. Smiling, she said that he wanted to score 40 points, it just sounds better, but 38 was great.

Thompson’s total was the best of the season and he raised his right arm in triumph to fire up the home crowd as he led the Warriors past the Bucks, 122-109 on Saturday night.

“I was looking forward to a night like this,” Thompson said, “but a mid-season shooting slump isn’t going to kill my ego, I’m still going to go out there and compete.”

Thompson shot 15-for-24 with eight 3-pointers and had his second 30-point performance since returning Jan. 9 from a 2 1/2-year absence following knee and Achilles surgeries.

“I’m sure it’s a relief,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s so hard on himself and he desperately wants to succeed.”

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 stopped the rest of the Bucks. Milwaukee had won six in a row.

This was a bad night for Milwaukee on the injury front.

New forward DeAndre’ Bembry, only signed last month when the Nets released him, injured his right knee and was helped to the locker room with 2:31 left in the third quarter. He came down hard along the sideline jumping to defend Poole’s 3 point attempt.

Bembry was receiving an MRI exam.

“We just have to wait and see what that looks like,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. ”…It seemed like tonight was one of those nights where Klay was going to make some hard, well-defended shots. His offense and his shooting were better than we could defend. Credit to him. He had a great night.”

Serge Ibaka received points in the first half for a laceration to his right eye after being injured in the first quarter. He came back briefly and scored 15 points.

The Warriors opened the first minute 1:58 of the third quarter with an 11-0 run to take a 78-58 lead before Antetokounmpo’s basket at 9:43.

Andrew Wiggins added 21 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Warriors. Poole started for the second time in the last 13 games and shot 9 of 16, while Stephen Curry had eight points and eight assists on just seven shots.

“It’s crazy when an MVP only has eight points and we still win against a very, very, very good team,” Poole said.

Golden State held Milwaukee to 41.3% from the floor, with Khris Middleton going 3-for-11 in the first half before finishing with 18 points on 6-for-19 shooting. The Bucks were 17-for-44 from deep.

WISE CLOCK

Second-year center James Wiseman will play his second game for the G League Santa Cruz Warriors at home at Chase Center on Sunday, and Kerr can’t wait to see him live.

Wiseman, who has been out all season recovering from right knee surgery, also played Thursday in Stockton and had 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting to go with six rebounds in Santa Cruz’s 109-99 loss.

“I was so happy to see him the other night,” Kerr said. “I saw the tape and he looked happy. He looked like he was excited and moving well. It’s been 11 long months for him. Excited for James who is back in the flat. He deserves it.”

WIGS ON THE LINE

Kerr talked to Wiggins about his latest free throw troubles and then the All-Star made his only two on Saturday.

“It’s been tough losing that many,” Wiggins said. ”I can shoot. I know it will work out.”

He had made 4 of 16 shots from the line since the All-Star break began.

“The most important thing is that this happens to everyone, maybe not Steph,” Kerr said.

ADVICE

Bucks: Milwaukee had only one turnover in the first half but was outrebounded 33-17, in part due to Golden State’s 49% shooting. The Bucks dominated the boards 55-39 overall. … George Hill (neck pain), Pat Connaughton (right finger surgery), Lindell Wigginton (sprained right ankle) and Brook Lopez remain out.

Warriors: Draymond Green, sidelined since early January with a back injury affecting his calf, “is still in rhythm for Monday,” Kerr said. “He played today.” His 5-year-old son, Draymond Jr., again served as a towel rack near the team’s bench. … F Otto Porter Jr. missed a fourth straight game due to seasonal illness. He played on Saturday and is expected to play on Monday. “He feels much better,” Kerr said. … G Gary Payton II sat back down with sore left knee.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Bucks: In Utah on Monday night.

Warriors: Host Washington on Monday night.

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