Third time’s a wash

Washington 89, Washington State 87

Isaiah Thomas celebrates as Brock Motum walks off the court after the Cougars' loss to Washington on Thursday night. AP

Thompson breaks loose for 43 points but Cougs can’t duplicate their two regular-season wins over arch-rival Washington

LOS ANGELES — The path to atonement became considerably shorter for Washington State guard Klay Thompson.

For the Cougars, however, their quest to an NCAA tournament berth likely came to its end.

Washington’s 89-87 win over WSU in the Pac-10 Conference tournament quarterfinals at the Staples Center on Thursday night saw the Huskies avoid their third straight loss to the Cougars on a night when Thompson did all he could do to dispatch his club’s in-state rival.

All while taking his first step in putting a troubled week behind him.

Thompson — who returned after a one-game suspension following a marijuana-related citation last Thursday night — netted a Pac-10 tournament-record 43 points, connecting on eight 3-pointers to boost the sixth-seeded Cougars (19-12,) who are most likely headed to the NIT

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