CHICAGO – Golden State Warriors All-Star swingman Klay Thompson set a new NBA record by knocking down 14 3-pointers in Monday night’s 149-124 win over the Chicago Bulls.
Thompson went 14-for-24 from beyond the arc and 18-for-29 from the field, racking up 52 points in 27 minutes while raining down shots from all over the floor. After struggling to start the season, both Thompson and his teammates knew he was due for a huge performance – one that came in record-breaking fashion.
“I just knew I was due for a big night,” Thompson said. “I just knew it.”
Klay Thompson set an NBA record with 14 3-pointers Monday night, leaving his fellow NBA players in awe on social media.
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Thompson hit shots early and often as the Warriors repeatedly looked for him throughout the night. In the first half, Thompson’s 10 3-pointers tied Chandler Parsons’ record set in 2014. The Warriors also set an NBA record for 3 pointers made in a half by knocking down 17 in the first half.
“It’s the best feeling, “said Thompson of being in the zone. “Something I have not felt in the first six, seven games.” I’m just going to continue this momentum on Wednesday. and it’s one of the best feelings in basketball when you touch the ball and feel like it’s going in every time. “
Thompson received a loud ovation from the United Center crowd after knocking down the record-setting triple, breaking teammate Stephen Curry’s mark or 13 3 pointers in a game. Det var en rekord at Thompson og hans teammates tog stor stolthet. There was a gleeful joy within the Warriors’ locker room as Thompson left with the game ball and his game jersey in hand.
“I really believe I did not know if I would have been able to break the records I’ve got in my past just like tonight without the system I play in or the team I play with, “Thompson said.” Because they knew just before I went out for the second half, Steph looked at the box score and said, ‘Go get it.’ And that just shows you the unselfishness that is within him. Same with KD and Draymond and DJ and everyone else who was out there on the floor trying to find me and get me good looks. “
Curry and his teammates knew Thompson was rolling at a historic pace but did not want to jinx the performance in the process.
“It was like a pitcher throwing a no-hitter,” Curry said. “Like you do not really mention anything to him. kind of just everybody else figuring out ways we’re going to keep feeding him the ball and running our offense to obviously cater to him to knock down shots. “
Warrior coach Steve Kerr said he did not even realize Klay Thompson was approaching the single-game 3s record until the team called timeout, and had to ask Steph Curry if he owned the current record. Kamil Krzaczynski / AP
Curry had no issues that Thompson was the one to break his record.
“Records are obviously meant to be broken,” Curry said. “I’m just happy it’s my teammate and Nobody else. And I got to witness it in person. “
For Warrior’s head coach Steve Kerr, it was another reminder of just how special his team is that they came together to help Thompson set a new mark.
” I did not even realize what was happening record-wise until they called a timeout, “Kerr said.” He had made a couple in the second half and I heard Klay say, ‘Two more! Two more!’ And that’s when I realized – and I did not even know who had the record and so I asked Steph, I go, ‘Do you have the record?’ He goes, ‘Yeah.’ At that point the guys were just feeding him every time. I think that’s how much they care about Klay and felt for him because he’s had a rough start to the season and obviously he got it going tonight to say the least. “
Thompson broke the record donning a headband. It was a rare look that was the result of a cut on his head after a third-quarter collision with Warriors center Damian Jones.
“I looked like Jackie Moon out there,” Thompson said. “I was feeling good and he’s one of my favorite characters in all of the sports movies so It’s part of why I broke the record. “
” It was like a pitcher throwing a no-hitter. Like you do not really mention anything to him. It’s kind of just everybody else figuring out ways we’re going to Keep feeding him the ball and running our offense to obviously cater to him to knock down shots. “
Steph Curry on Klay Thompson’s record night
It was a moment in basketball history that he and his teammates will not soon forget.
“Two great moments, great to be a part of it,” Warriors superstar Kevin Durant said. “To see Steph break the record first two years ago and to see Klay break it. It’s only fitting that those two hold the records, keep the most 3-point shots in a game. The best shooters to ever walk the Earth and probably nobody will ever shoot like those two ever again. “
Monday marked the fourth time in Thompson’s career he scored at least 30 points in a half, the 11th time he scored at least 40 in a game and the third time he scored at least 50. It was the third time in a week that a member of the Warriors put on a showcase performance. Curry racked up 51 points in three quarters in a win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, and Durant scored 25 points in the fourth quarter of last Friday’s win over the New York Knicks. Thompson’s performance on Monday was just icing on an unbelievable cake.
“It feels like year five of coaching the Golden State Warriors,” Kerr said. “Seriously. This is what it’s been like. I can not even tell you how lucky I am and how I feel every night just watching these guys and how unselfish they are. They basically take turns, they encourage each other, they want to do well and we have all this talent but the key is these guys are committed To hverandre, de spiller hardt for hverandre, og de ønsker hverandre å ha suksess, og det er derfor det virker, og det har vært fantastisk å være sammen for turen. “