Remember when the Warriors signed Kevin Durant over the summer and everyone was worried about how Klay Thompson was going to get his shots now that Golden State had Steph Curry and KD on their roster? During an interview back in August, Thompson said he was still "going to try and get buckets," but despite adding a former NBA MVP to their team, the Warriors were still only going to be allowed to play with one basketball on the court at any given time. So how many shots was Thompson really going to be able to get?
Well, as it turns out, Thompson is actually scoring more points this season than he did last year through the first 21 games of the season. He averaged 22.1 points per game during the 2015-16 NBA season, and so far this season, he’s averaging 22.5 points per game, even though he's shooting just 39.2 percent from three-point range compared to 42.5 percent last season. He’s also averaging 8.5 field-goal attempts per game this season, which is up from 8.1 field-goal attempts per game last season, and he's taking the same amount of three-point shots per game, 8.1, as he did last year.
So yeah, we would say he’s adapted nicely to the Warriors’ addition of KD—and that was in full effect on Monday night when the Warriors took on the Pacers at home. Thompson scored 60 points, including 40 in the first half, in just three quarters of action to help Golden State beat Indiana 142-106. And while we could run through more stats to tell you about how impressive Thompson’s game was—he made 21 of the 33 shots he took (63.6 percent), including 8 of 14 three-pointers (57.1 percent)—this chart pretty much says all we need to say about the incredible game that Thompson had:
He made history:
You can watch Thompson go off in these highlights, which show him hitting shots from all over the court en route to 60 points:
Even though the game itself wasn’t very good due in large part to Thompson’s outpouring of points, NBA Twitter went wild after Thompson hit the 60-point mark in just 29 minutes of action with many people comparing his performance to Kobe Bryant’s epic 81-point game:
Many NBA players were in awe as well:
And of course, Thompson’s teammates had nothing but good things to say about how well he played during the game. "I don’t even know what to say. I’ve never seen anything like it," Durant said, before joking about how Thompson could have (and should have?) had 80 points during his post-game press conference.
Curry—who was noticeably excited for his fellow Splash Brother throughout the game—pointed out that Thompson did something that may never be duplicated. "That’s a feat that I would put money on to probably never be touched again in the history of basketball," Curry said. "It’s unbelievable."
Steve Kerr said the locker room was actually more subdued than you might think after such a historic game:
But he used Thompson’s night to talk about his team’s unselfishness. "I’ve said this before, but I really believe the strength of our team the last few years offensively is the number of guys that can pass and make plays," he said. "What’s really gratifying as a coach is when you see that type of unselfishness."
And even Zaza Pachulia got in on the action!
Although Thompson was his usual subdued self during his post-game press conference, he called scoring 60 points in three quarters "something I’ll remember forever."
Thompson added: "Hopefully I can top it one day." He also thanked his teammates on Twitter for helping him reach 60:
If you still had any questions about how Thompson was going to fit in now that he’s playing alongside two superstars, consider them answered. What a game.