OAKLAND, California (AP) " After months of rain, Klay Thompson credits the much-improved weather this spring to finding his shooting touch. And he's dead serious.
Dead on, too. No chance of April doldrums around here, especially with Kevin Durant on the mend.
Thompson scored 41 points for his 10th career 40-point game while Stephen Curry had 19 points and nine assists as the playoff-ready Golden State Warriors ran their winning streak to 12 straight by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 121-107 on Tuesday night.
"I'd probably say the weather's gotten better. This sunshine's been so good to me, been able to get outside," said Thompson, who saw his share of precipitation growing up in Portland. "It just puts me in a great mood to come to the gym every day, get my work in, go home, enjoy the outdoors. The Bay Area is beautiful."
So is the basketball being played lately by Thompson's team.
Matt Barnes contributed 12 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Golden State could wrap up the West's No. 1 seed as soon as Wednesday night with a win at Phoenix and a Spurs' loss at home to the Lakers.
Now, it seems, the Warriors just need one key reinforcement: Durant. And KD could be back by week's end with his team on quite a roll to finish the regular season atop the NBA again.
The Warriors can't wait to have him " and be that much more dominant.
Curry doesn't need to see Thompson hit a shot to know he's on. Just clear skies.
"That definitely helps," Curry said. "He's got an adventurous personality so when he gets to go out and explore in his downtime, I'm sure that gets the adrenalin flowing."
In his highest-scoring performance since getting 60 on Dec. 5, Thompson hit 7 of 14 3-pointers " giving him at least four 3s in a career-best six consecutive games. His 262 3s rank as eighth most ever for a single season after he had 276 last season.
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