Basketball

Klay Thompson is first NBA player to score 60 in under 30

Golden State star becomes first NBA player to score 60 points in under 30 minutes

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Klay Thompson exploded for a career-high 60 points in a phenomenal individual display as Golden State steamrolled the Indiana Pacers 142-106 yesterday morning (Singapore time).

He becomes the first NBA player to score at least 60 points in under 30 minutes.

Thompson tormented Indiana with a mesmerising performance which saw him rack up 40 points in the first two quarters alone.

A further 20 points in the third quarter gave Thompson the highest individual game tally of his career and the highest of any player in the NBA this season as the Warriors improved to 18-3.

Thompson sat out the entire fourth quarter so was denied the opportunity to improve his tally, which included eight three-pointers.

That's a feat that I would put money on to probably never be touched again in the history of basketball. Thompson's superstar teammate, Stephen Curry

Kevin Durant added 20 points for the Dubs with Stephen Curry chipping in with 13, but the night belonged to Thompson, who had the Oakland crowd on its feet as baskets rained down from all angles.

"It was fun, I was in a great rhythm, took all good shots for the most part. Still missed a few wide open threes I wish I'd got, but it was a fun night, to say the least," Thompson said afterwards.

MISSED CHANCE

He declined to speculate on what his tally might have been had Steve Kerr not elected to sit him out in the fourth quarter.

"Good question," a smiling Thompson said. "Who knows?"

"We know he's capable of that," gushed Kerr, who saw Thompson pour in an NBA-record 37 points in the third quarter of a win over the Sacramento Kings in January of 2015. "It always feels like it's a possibility."

Thompson, whose previous career high of 52 came in that same game against the Kings on Jan 23, hit 21 of his 33 shots and went 8-for-14 on three-pointers. 
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  • 21-of-33 Klay made 21 field goals during his 29 minutes and three seconds of court time.

    8-14 He sank eight of 14 3-pointers.

    10-11 And he made 10 out of 11 free throws.

    The tally of 60 points was Klay’s new career high. He put up a 52 two seasons ago with an NBA-record 37 points in a single quarter.

    He joins New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (62 points) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (61) as the only active players to score 60 in a game.

    He is the first player to score 60 points since LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant hit the mark during the 2015-16 season.

    His tally is a new season-high, eclipsing Oklahoma’s Russell Westbrook, who netted 51 points on Oct 28.

 


OTHER RESULTS

  • La Lakers 101 Utah Jazz 107, Dallas Mavericks 101 Charlotte Hornets 109, Chicago Bulls 110 Portland Trail Blazers 112, Milwaukee Bucks 96 San Antonio Spurs 97, New Orleans Pelicans 108 Memphis Grizzlies 110 (OT), Houston Rockets 107 Boston Celtics 106, Toronto Raptors 112 Cleveland Cavaliers 116, Brooklyn Nets 113 Washington Wizards 118, Atlanta Hawks 99 Oklahoma City Thunder 102, Philadelphia 76ers 98 Denver Nuggets 106.
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