This Week in NBA history: Thompson scores 60 vs Pacers
NBA.com Global on Dec 05, 2017 08:34 AM
FILE - OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 4: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during a preseason game on October 4, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Jeff Case, NBA.com
The Golden State Warriors have become one of the top three-point shooting and scoring teams in league history over the last few seasons. On Dec. 5, 2016, Klay Thompson victimized the Indiana Pacers while giving a mini-showcase of both of those abilities.
Thompson dominated the Pacers to the tune of 60 points, a remarkable feat in and of itself. Add in that he accomplished the feat in 29 minutes and it takes on another level in NBA and Warriors lore. Thompson, who had a 37-point quarter against the Sacramento Kings in 2015, started off fast with 17 points in the first quarter.
From there, he notched 23 points in the second quarter and 20 more in the third quarter to get to that 60-point mark. He became the first player in NBA history to score 60 or more points in a game with fewer than 30 minutes played.
“I felt great, obviously,” Thompson told NBA TV during a post-game interview. “It was fun. I was in a great rhythm. I took all good shots, for the most part. Still missed a few wide open three's I wish I could get back. It was a fun night, to say the least."
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