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Thompson gets revenge, beats Curry, Booker in 3-Point Contest

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Thompson gets revenge, beats Curry, Booker in 3-Point Contest

TORONTO -- Klay Thompson did what barely any team has done this year.

He beat Stephen Curry.

The 3-point contest championship has gone from one "Splash Brother" to another, as Thompson beat his Golden State teammate and defending champion with a dazzling display at All-Star Saturday night. Thompson finished the final round with 27 points, four more than Curry managed as once again, the title came down to the two Golden State sharpshooters.

"We love to shoot against each other," Thompson said. "You know, I've never been on a team with someone who shoots it better than me, so it's a privilege to work with him every day. He makes me that much better."

Phoenix's Devin Booker was third, with 16 points in the final round. He beat Houston's James Harden and J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers to get out of the first round, and Toronto's Kyle Lowry, Portland's C.J. McCollum and Milwaukee's Khris Middleton were eliminated early.

As probably many expected, it came down to Curry and Thompson.

Curry shot before Thompson in the final round, making his first seven shots and putting up 23 points - which, to that point, was the best score of the night. Shooters got one point for making a conventional 3-pointer, two points for using a multicolored "money ball."

"At the end of the day, you've got to make shots," Curry said. "Just like in a game."

So the pressure was on Thompson, and he delivered.

Here's how good Thompson was in the finals - he had two different streaks of eight consecutive makes. Thompson was 19-for-25 in the final round, 18-for-25 in the first, and adding them together put him at 74 percent on the night.

That's what it took to beat Curry, who set the NBA single-season record with 286 3-pointers last season and is on pace to obliterate that mark this season. He's already at 245, and the Warriors have 30 games remaining.

And really, the only title Curry probably really wants to defend is the NBA championship anyway. He and Thompson have helped the Warriors get off to a 48-4 start this season, making them the heavy favorites to repeat as titlists.

"Back-to-back years for the 'Splash Brothers,'" Thompson said. "It's pretty cool."

DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

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DeMarcus Cousins didn't make debut vs. Pelicans for one specific reason

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30pm PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

DeMarcus Cousins isn't exactly on the best of terms with the New Orleans Pelicans organization. 

The four-time All-Star was hoping to re-sign with the franchise that traded for him back in February 2017, but things didn't work out. There is still some bad blood.

Cousins will make his Warriors debut on Friday against the Clippers. Apparently, he could have suited up against the Pelicans but opted to remain on the sideline.

[RELATEDDeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important]

"I wasn’t going to return against them,” Cousins told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports before the Warriors' victory. “I didn’t because I didn’t’ want to give (the media) a storyline. Straight up. You can ask Bob (Myers) that.

"I didn’t want to give y’all a storyline. That’s why (my return) is Friday.”

Cousins is right in that if he made his debut against the Pelicans, the emotions would have been off the charts. He made the right decision to wait two extra days.

At his introductory press conference with the Warriors back in July, the big man implied that New Orleans GM Dell Demps didn't offer him a contract.

"I’m gonna put it like this: Only me and Dell Demps know what was said on the phone that night," Cousins declared. "We both know the truth. And I’ll leave it at that."

If you like drama, then mark April 9 on your calendar because that's when Cousins and the Warriors will face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in New Orleans...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

DeMarcus Cousins' surgeon wants Warriors fans to know something important

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors take on the Clippers on Friday night at 7:30pm PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

In April 2012, Steph Curry underwent surgery on his right ankle. The surgeon was Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute.

In late January 2018, DeMarcus Cousins underwent surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon. The surgegon was ...

... Dr. Richard Ferkel, who will certainly be watching when the Warriors' big man takes the floor on Friday night in Los Angeles.

[RELATEDDeMarcus Cousins’ debut means Warriors will face 10 crucial questions]

He recently spoke with NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh about Cousins' rehab process and acknowledged that keeping the six-time All-Star's weight down has been a top priority.

"The stress their putting on is a little different than for somebody who is a six-foot point guard," Dr. Ferkel said. "It probably extends the rehab a bit longer in bigger people than in smaller people.”

Cousins is not a small person and at various points throughout his career, has needed to shed some pounds. At this point, that is not an issue because he truly looks to be in very solid shape -- not elite level "game shape," but he definitely passes the eye test right now.

But Warriors fans should not expect a seamless assimilation. It's going to take Cousins some time to shake off the rust and get fully comfortable. He will have to adapt to the Warriors' high-octane pace and style.

“I think it’s important for people to understand that even if he’s released, we, as part of DeMarcus’ team, feel this current release (to play) is really the final phase of his rehabilitation," Dr. Ferkel added. "We’re not saying he’s 100 percent like he would be if he was uninjured.

"He’s done everything he can do but be in a game situation with elite players.”

Buckle up and enjoy the ride...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller