Klay Thompson scored 60 points in a 142-106 Golden State Warriors win over the Indiana Pacers Monday night.
Thompson scored all of his points in less than three quarters worth of action. He only played 29 minutes in total and did not play any of the fourth quarter. Statistics are recording that Thompson only touched the ball for 90 seconds, about a minute and a half of the game. He shot 21-33 from the field, 8-14 from three point range, and 10-11 from the free throw line. Not only did Thompson achieve the 2016-17 NBA season scoring high and a career best scoring output, he also scored the most points by a Golden State Warrior in over four decades. He joined Wilt Chamberlain, Joe Fulks, and Rick Barry as the only Warriors players to ever score 60 points. The fact that he left the game with over a minute to go in the third quarter only raised questions about how much Thompson could have scored had he played the whole game.
“Who knows? I know he would have kept shooting,” said Golden State coach Steve Kerr. “Klay’s never going to stop shooting.”
“It’s just unfortunate two times I got my career high I didn’t get to play the fourth quarter,” said Thompson, who scored 37 points in one quarter during a 52 point performance two years ago in which he again did not play the fourth quarter. “Maybe. I think I could have, maybe one day I’ll have the opportunity. But 60 in 29 minutes is not too bad.”