Klay Thompson can get hot shooting the basketball, but his performance on Monday night reached another level. The Golden State Warriors’ guard hit 21 of his 33 shots on the night, including 8 of his 14 from beyond the three-point line.
His scoring outburst helped the Warriors to a 142-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Thompson scored his points in just 29 minutes of play. Most thought that Thompson’s scoring output this season would be reduced because of the signing of free agent Kevin Durant during the offseason.
However, on Monday night, Thompson showed that he is still a part of the points show Golden State puts on each night it plays.
Thompson averaged 2.07 points for every minute he played Monday, which was slightly less than the great Wilt Chamberlain averaged in March of 1962 when he became the first and only NBA player to score 100 points in a single game.
What is more impressive however for Thompson is that he was shooting from long range scoring his 60 points while Chamberlain dominated as a big man down low closer to the hoop.
Kobe Bryant scored 81 points in 2006, but still had a lower per minute scoring ratio that Thompson 2.07 to 1.98.
Thompson became the first NBA player during the shot clock era or since 1955 to score 60 points during a game while playing less than 30 minutes.
Bryant came close with 62 points while playing 33 minutes back in 2005 and Karl Malone scored 61 points while playing 33 minutes in 1990.
While he scored 60 points, Thompson was third on Golden State with 46 touches in the game. Stephen Curry led with 64, while Draymond Green was second on the night with 53.
The win lifted the Warriors overall record to 18-3 and the team is scoring 115.4 points per 100 possessions, which is significantly higher than the mark they set last season when they won a record 73 games during the regular season.
Thompson also became the first Golden State player since 1974 to score over 60 points. Rick Barry scored 64 in March of that year against the Portland Trail Blazers.
There is likely to be more records reached by the Golden State team thanks to its offensive potency with the likes of Curry, Durant and Thompson on the floor.