Former WSU basketball star Klay Thompson erupted for 60 points in just 29 minutes on Monday night as the Golden State Warriors routed the Pacers, 142-106.
Klay has been known to put together a flammable performance from time to time, but now that he’s flanked by both Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, some wondered if Thompson would end up taking a distant back seat to those two in the Warriors’ three-headed attack.
Apparently, this isn’t a problem.
Thompson scored his 60 points on 21-of-33 shooting, including 8-of-14 from 3-point range, which means — if you like math -- he was 13-of-19 on 2s. He also hit 10-of-11 free throws.
And he didn’t even play in the fourth quarter.
Here’s how he did it:
It was a new career high for Thompson, who played at WSU from 2009-2011, and is the most in the NBA this season. Other interesting nuggets to come out of the performance:
Klay Thompson's 60 points through 3 quarters tonight were the 2nd-most through 3 quarters in the last 20 seasons pic.twitter.com/s6MUUMjncz— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 6, 2016
Klay Thompson has the first 40-point first half in the NBA since Kobe Bryant had 42 points against the Wizards on March 28, 2003.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 6, 2016
And, it turns out, not even Curry could cool off Thompson:
Warriors' Klay Thompson, after career-high 60 points and an ice bath from Stephen Curry: "I'm still hot." pic.twitter.com/yk6y9l6nfT— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) December 6, 2016
It also produced some fun bench celebrations, including these on back-to-back possessions:
The Warriors' bench is loving Klay's 40-piece in a half pic.twitter.com/oPLPgcUmE2— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) December 6, 2016
RT NBA_Skits: Klay Thompson got Stephen Curry running in the tunnel.— BuzzBasketball (@buzzbasketball8) December 6, 2016
And just think of what Klay might have done had the game not been a ridiculous blowout and he had been allowed to play in the fourth quarter? You can hear more from Thompson and GSW coach Steve Kerr here: