With Klay Thompson leading the charge, the Golden State Warriors blasted their way to victory in a 142-106 win over the Indiana Pacers.
It was one of those nights. You could feel it early. Though all of the Warriors had a strong start offensively, Klay Thompson let it be known that his hand was hot and he meant business.
In yet another record-breaking night, Thompson was the star from start to finish, even though he didn’t play a minute in the fourth quarter. Scoring 17 points in the first quarter was just a taste of what was to come, as he would finish the half with 40 on his way to a historic 60 point game in 29 minutes played. The first player ever to do so in the shot-clock era of the NBA.
Thompson didn’t put up much else in terms of stats but why would he need to? He was padding everyone else’s assist stats as they went for 45 on the night. Thompson shot 21-of-33 on field goals, 8-of-14 from downtown and went 10-of-11 on free throws. He was a juggernaut that the Pacers, despite their best attempts, were unable to stop.
The Warriors kicked things off on a 5-0 run, but the Pacers, much as their name would imply, managed to keep pace. Thompson feasted on layups, the trickier the better, as the Warriors took a lead late in the quarter that the Pacers would never get back. Defense was strong, with athletic performances from Zaza Pachulia and Draymond Green; and the team finished the quarter tying a franchise record for most assists in a quarter at 15.
The second quarter really kicked off The Klay Thompson Experience. He started it off with a jumpshot, a layup, followed by back-to-back-to-back 3-point shots that put the Warriors up by 20. He ended the half with a 3-point play and a corner 3-pointer with seconds left. The Warriors finished the half with 25 assists and 2 turnovers, up 80-50. Half of those points coming from Klay Thompson.
And his teammates loved it just as much as we did:
The third quarter gave us what was easily the play of the night, despite the amazing performance by Thompson:
we have reached peak Warriors pic.twitter.com/NA63SW6wzk— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) December 6, 2016
And one of the funnier moments of the night, as Pachulia’s dunk attempt was blocked. By the rim. Pachulia laughed it off, and came back with a successful dunk to show that rim who’s boss.
Thompson spent a lot of time at the free-throw line on his way to beating his personal record of 52 points in a game, which he did on a 3-point shot. Fitting for the reigning 3-point champion. The crowd was delirious, with chants of “Klay! Klay! Klay!” echoing around Oracle Arena for the remainder of the quarter. But Thompson wasn’t done yet, as he capped off the quarter, and his night, with a final pair of shots from downtown to round out his night at 60 points.
The Warriors kept up the pace in the fourth quarter to close the game out 142-106.