Thompson Leads Warriors In Big Win
OAKLAND, Calif. – Klay Thompson scored a new career-high 60 points through three-quarters and the Golden State Warriors routed the Indiana Pacers 142-106 on Monday night.
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Thompson scored 40 points at halftime, including 23 in the second quarter before reaching his personal best with 1:22 left in the third period and he left the court to a well-deserved standing ovation.
He was improving his previous career-best of 52 points against the Sacramento Kings almost two years ago.
”It’s just unfortunate two times I got my career-high I didn’t get to play the fourth quarter,” Thompson said.
”Maybe. I think I could have, maybe one day I’ll have the opportunity. But 60 in 29 minutes is not too bad.”
The star shooting guard who has been overshadowed by the summer arrival of Kevin Durant, shot 21 for 33 from the field overall.
He padded his stats with 8 of 14 from 3-pointers and converted 10 of 11 free throws.
Thompson Joins Hall of Famers
His performance on Monday night sees Thompson joining Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry and Joe Fulks as the only Golden State Warriors player to score 60 points.
He is the first Warriors to reach that target in more than 42 years.
”I felt every shot I took was a good shot,” Thompson admitted.
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant had 20 points on 9 of 14 shooting, with eight rebounds and four assists and Stephen Curry added 13 points and 11 assists for Golden State (18-3) which shot 52 percent on the night.
Paul George led the Pacers (10-11) with 21 points and 10 rebounds
The star forward was only 4 of 12 from the field and missed both 3-point attempts, but knocked down all 13 of his tries from the charity line.
Jeff Teague finished with 16 points, Joe Young added 12 and Thaddeus Young contributed 10 in the defeat for Indiana, which was coming off a 111-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.
Warriors Too Much, Another Sellout
The Pacers shot 41 percent on 35 of 85 shooting and outrebounded 54-40.
Golden State, which leads the NBA in assists per game at 32, made 54 baskets on 45 assists on Monday night, while Indiana finished with 20 helpers.
The Pacers have lost eight of 10 on the ORACLE Arena floor, which was sold out for the 200th consecutive time on Monday.
”You’ve got to bring your best to play here,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. ”You’ve got to come here and you’ve got to hoop.
“Certainly if you don’t, you don’t come out of here with a win. Great atmosphere.”
Indiana continues their five-game road trip on Wednesday at the Phoenix Suns, while the Warriors start their five-game road trip at Western Conference rivals LA Clippers on Wednesday night.
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Date: Monday, December 05, 2016 ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
Officials: #28 Kevin Scott, #4 Sean Wright, #44 Brett Nansel