“It simply occurred to be a type of nights,” Thompson mentioned. “It was the perfect share I ever shot. Nevertheless it simply occurred to be a type of nights, man. It is exhausting to clarify.”
Thompson, who additionally tied the document for consecutive 3-pointers to start out a recreation, missed his 11th tried 3-pointer earlier than exiting the sport with the Warriors holding a large lead. His efficiency left the Staples Middle crowd in awe, particularly within the third quarter as Thompson hit pictures from all around the flooring, going 8-for-9 from the sector.
“That is Klay,” Warriors heart DeMarcus Cousins mentioned. “I believe we’re all used to it now. It was 10 straight? S—. That is spectacular. Man, it is like a brand new document on daily basis, ain’t it?”
Thompson, who wanted simply 27 minutes to do his offensive injury, is taking part in his greatest basketball of the season over the previous month after struggling to discover a rhythm all through the primary half of the season. He got here into the sport averaging 24.6 factors over eight video games in January. In accordance with ESPN Stats & Info analysis, Thompson’s efficient field-goal share of 1.100 on Monday night time is the perfect mark in a single recreation in NBA historical past with a minimal of 15 area purpose makes an attempt.
Thompson’s 3-point explosion on Monday night time appeared just like his record-setting recreation on Oct. 29 in a 149-124 win over the Chicago Bulls.
In that recreation, Thompson knocked down an NBA-record 14 3-pointers, scoring 52 factors in 27 minutes. In that recreation he was 18-for-29 from the sector and 14-for-24 from past the arc, making his numbers towards the Lakers on Monday much more spectacular.
“Klay does that 5 – 6 occasions a season,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “You guys have seen it. He simply obtained purple sizzling, white sizzling.”
Monday’s efficiency marked the fifth time in Thompson’s profession that he had 10 or extra 3-pointers in a recreation and the 13th time he has had 40 or extra factors. Monday’s win marked the eighth straight victory for a Warriors group that can be taking part in its greatest basketball of the season. The Warriors subsequent recreation is Thursday night time towards the Washington Wizards.
In accordance with Elias Sports activities Bureau analysis, Ty Lawson is the latest participant to make his first 10 3-pointers of a recreation (April 9, 2011) and Chandler Parsons is the latest participant to make 10 3s inside a recreation (Jan. 24, 2014). That is Thompson’s third profession 40-point recreation by which he has performed 30 or fewer minutes. No different participant within the shot clock period has performed that greater than as soon as (since 1954-55).
Thompson was in an understandably nice temper after the sport, noting that he loved having his canine, Rocco, touring with him for this portion of the street journey. He additionally acknowledged that the Lakers’ blowout of the Warriors on Christmas night time factored into the Warriors eager to get just a little payback at Staples Middle towards an undermanned Lakers group taking part in with out LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball.
“It positively had an impact,” Thompson mentioned. “I’ll say, one factor about this recreation is we play these guys 4 occasions. You do should have a brief reminiscence as a result of it is such an extended season, however when it is a beatdown like that, you are going to keep in mind it.”