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Klay Thompson Wins Showdown with James Harden

lay Thompson picked Warriors teammate Stephen Curry as the point guard and then paused.
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It was a much-discussed battle this week, who is the best shooting guard in the league, Klay Thompson or James Harden.

First Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group reported:

Asked to name the best player at each position in the NBA, Klay Thompson picked Warriors teammate Stephen Curry as the point guard and then paused.

“I’m going to go with myself,” Thompson said of his pick for the top shooting guard, throwing up his hands. “We’re 26-1.”

Then Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle asked Harden about it.

“People are going to talk,” Harden said. “Just let them talk and do whatever they’re going to do. Whatever gets them excited and whatever gives them that confidence to want to talk, just go ahead and do it. But we really know what’s going on.”

Tonight Klay Thompson  had the better performance as he scored 38 points on 27 shots, which included going 6-of-11 from the charity stripe. Harden did   a pretty solid job, scoring 30 points on 19 shots. Harden was 10-10 from the charity stripe where the normally 90 percent Thompson was 0-of-3 on the night.

Harden added five dimes and five boards. Thompson didn’t have any assists but added seven rebounds. With numbers like that and the two players guarding each other, it’s safe to argue that neither of them was playing stellar defense.

Of course, Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls, who outplayed MVP candidate Paul George last night,  has a valid argument for being better than either one of them.

In another note, Draymond Green had another triple double, including 16 assists and 11 rebounds.

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