Klay Thompson punished the Pacers with 60 points over just three quarters in a performance that will be referenced by all NBA observers for years to come, not just the Pacers’ and Warriors’ fans who witnessed it through various stages of amazement.
The Pacers are done with the Warriors for the season which is great news after getting pounded by the Dubs with both a depleted and fully healthy roster. In both games the Pacers had little impact on the outcome, it was all in the Warriors’ hands.
But on Monday night, Thompson did the heavy lifting for Golden State but in the most efficient way possible. The numbers bear out Kevin Durant’s post-game claim that Klay was closer to 80 points in the same 29-minute playing stretch, than you may think.
Durant felt Klay missed enough open three-point looks, a couple of layup opportunities and a free throw which would’ve had him around 80. As it was, 60 points was a record for a player in the shot-clock era playing less than 30 minutes.
Even crazier, Klay had the ball in his hand for about 90 seconds all night and took just 11 dribbles. It was a magnificent performance at the expense of the Pacers who had to take the clowning and move on...to Phoenix.
At least they have a good example of how to move without the ball to create easy offense, for a teaching reference.