KLAY Thompson played like a man possessed in dropping a career-high 60 points, the best individual scoring outburst of the season so far, in three quarters as the Golden State Warriors demolished the Indiana Pacers, 142-106, at the Oracle Arena on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
Thompson took the fight out early from the Pacers, who had their only taste of the lead, 11-10, with 7:37 left in the first quarter.
The Warriors shooting guard dropped 17 in leading a 11-4 run to close the frame. He didn’t let up in the second quarter, scoring 23 to end up with 40 first half points, pushing Golden State up, 80-50, at the break.
The onslaught continued in the third as Thompson again erupted for 20 more points, adding three of his eight triples in the quarter, to notch his career-best 60 — the most through three quarters since Kobe Bryant had 62 in 2005. The Warriors bench even pushed the lead to as high as 40 with more than six minutes left as the starters sat out the entire fourth quarter.
Thompson shot 21-of-33 and made 8-of-14 from beyond the arc, five more triples than the entire Indiana team, while adding 10 free throws.
It marked the 30th time that a Warriors player scored at least 60 in franchise history, with Wilt Chamberlain doing it 27 times, and Thompson now joining Rick Barry and Joe Fulks. The most recent 60-point explosion by a Warrior was Barry’s 64-point game in 1974.
Kevin Durant added 20 points and eight rebounds while Steph Curry had a double-double with 13 markers and 11 assists.
The Warriors shot 51.5 percent from the field and their defense limited the Pacers to a 40.2 percent clip and just 3-of-14 from beyond the arc. Golden State won its second straight game and improved to a league-best 18-3.
Paul George led the Pacers with 21 points and 10 rebounds, but shot just 4-of-12. Jeff Teague and Myles Turner were the only other players in double figures with 16 and 10 markers, respectively. Indiana fell to 10-11.