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OAKLAND, Calif.—Klay Thompson got an earful from Draymond Green for his two-game total: 80 points and one assist.

Stephen Curry dished out the grief, too.

“He’s such a ball hog,” quipped Curry, who also is dishing off to Thompson at every chance.

Good thing Thompson’s shots are falling for Golden State.

He scored 40 points in consecutive games for the first time in his career, and Green posted his franchise-best 12th triple-double, to help the defending champion Warriors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 117-105 last night.

“Y’all are excited about the 80 points, I’m more concerned about the one assist in two games,” Green joked.

“I think you’ve got to try to do that,” he added.

“We’ve been in here messing with Klay, ‘You can’t make a mistake and get an assist?’”

Curry even passed up a rare wide-open shot—gasp!—to feed his fellow “Splash Brother,” then sneaked up to pour water on him to celebrate post-game.

Curry had 20 points and eight assists while Green contributed 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists as Golden State (66-7) stayed a game ahead of the pace set by the 1995-96 Bulls’ during their record 72-win season.

Chicago was 65-8 through 73 games.

Back-up big man Marreese Speights added 17 points and seven rebounds in the Warriors’ 53rd-straight regular-season victory at Oracle Arena and 35th-consecutive at home this season.

Carl Landry scored 22 points for the lowly Sixers, who lost their ninth in a row and 22nd in 23 while playing a back-to-back.

Curry (350) and Thompson (253) have 603 combined “threes”—the most by a pair of teammates in a season.

Reigning NBA MVP Curry, already the first player in NBA history with 300 “threes” in a season, has nine games left to chase 400.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the L.A. Clippers beat Denver 105-90, Sacramento dumped Dallas 133-111, Indiana shaded Houston 104-101, and Washington downed the L.A. Lakers 101-88.

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