Klay Thompson is your new 3-point shooting king.
As the Golden State Warriors made NBA history on Monday night in their 149-124 romp of the Chicago Bulls, Thompson nailed 14 treys during the game and 10 by halftime. The 10 in the first half tied an NBA record previously set by Chandler Parsons in 2014, while the 14 treys broke Stephen Curry’s mark of 13 set on November 7, 2016 versus the New Orleans Pelicans.
Following the game, Thompson told reporters that Curry actually encouraged him to get the record — a sign of the unselfishness of this Warriors team.
Thompson had entered the game on a cold streak during the first seven games of the season, posting an average of just 15.1 points per game on 39.6 percent from the field and a horrendous 13.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Despite that sluggish start to the season, head coach Steve Kerr had no worries about his starting guard, via Yahoo Sports.
“We’ve seen this before,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said in New York, ahead of Sunday’s game against the Nets. “Two years ago, Klay had an almost carbon-copy start to his season. Sometimes the very beginning of the year is like that. You get off to a rough start and it snowballs, and then you just kind of stop and go, ‘Oh, yeah, right, there’s about 75 games left.’
“Inevitably, the dam will break, and he’ll start going nuts again.”
Considering he just scored 52 points on 14 treys in just 26 minutes of playing time, I think Thompson will be fine moving forward.
Klay Thompson said Steph Curry, the previous owner of the 3 record, told him at halftime ‘Go get it.’ Klay: “That just shows the unselfishness.” pic.twitter.com/uSJluOXEOh
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 30, 2018