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Warriors fight back to sink Spurs

LOSING STREAK:The Spurs fell to 10th place with a 4-4 record as the defeat marked the first time since February 2015 that they have lost four consecutive games

AFP, LOS ANGELES

Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs, center, tries to drive between Shaun Livingston, left, and JaVale McGee of the Golden State Warriors in their NBA game at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday.

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Klay Thompson on Thursday scored 27 points as the Golden State Warriors recovered from an early mauling to score a 112-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

A stormy encounter between the two Western Conference big guns saw Warriors coach Steve Kerr lose his cool on the sidelines before Spurs counterpart Gregg Popovich was ejected late in the game.

Popovich was tossed in the fourth quarter after picking up a second technical foul following an altercation with a member of the officiating crew.

Microphones picked up Popovich swearing at the referee before he was given his marching orders.

Kerr also risked ejection in the first quarter and needed to be held back by assistant Mike Brown after he was handed a technical foul.

The tirade by the Warriors coach came as the Spurs jumped out to a 28-12 first-quarter lead.

“We might as well start every game here down 20 — other than the playoffs last year, that’s been four or five straight games where that’s happened,” Kerr said. “They have an edge on us with their size and strength, and we weren’t ready to battle early, and that’s why we fell behind. Once we started competing and running and pushing the ball, we got into a good groove.”

The reigning champions gradually began chipping away at the deficit and had closed the gap to 34-24 by the end of the first quarter.

Thompson’s 27 points led the Warriors’ scoring, with three rebounds and two assists.

Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry also weighed in with 20-point hauls as the Warriors improved to 6-3 and climbed to third in the Western Conference.

Durant scored 24 points with eight rebounds, while Curry had 21 points. Draymond Green also cracked double digits with 16 points.

“In the first half, our intensity was there, or focus was there, but we just gave up too many offensive rebounds and broken play open threes — and they hit a bunch of them,” Curry said. “Against this team if we can get stops, especially when they have their bigs out there and our playmakers rebound and push and run the wings, things will work in our favor.”

LaMarcus Aldridge led the scoring for San Antonio with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Kyle Anderson added 16 points.

Pau Gasol had 11 points.

The defeat saw San Antonio fall to 10th with a 4-4 record.

The defeat marked the first time since February 2015 that the Spurs have lost four games in a row.

“Whether you win or lose, it’s a game of mistakes,” Popovich said. “We lost against the best team in the world and there’s a lot of things we need to improve on.”

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