The Golden State guard scored 22 of his 34 points in the first quarter of the Warriors’ 15th consecutive victory over Phoenix Sunday night, allowing the team to end the Suns’ season with a 117-100 loss.
“It was good to get into a good rhythm, especially with a game left in the season,” Thompson told ESPN.
With the loss, Phoenix — at 20-61 — is now guaranteed the worst record in the NBA this season. Phoenix has won two of 28 games since Jan. 31st, completing their season with the second-worst record in the team’s 50-year history. Only the 1968-69 season reflected a worse track record.
The Warriors had lost two games in a row and five of their previous eight; however, they were already locked in the No. 2 playoff spot for the Western Conference. The Warriors also had Durant, Thompson, and Draymond Green at their disposal against the Suns, who were without several key players due to personal injury: Devin Brooker to a hand sprain, Josh Jackson to a right quad injury, Marquese Chriss to hip soreness, Elfrid Payton to a knee injury, and Alan Williams to knee soreness.
Thompson scored 19 consecutive points for the Warriors in the game’s first quarter, stretching the lead into the second quarter by 18 points at one point, and was 64-50 at the break.
The loss rounds out a poor season for The Suns, who now have a 25 percent chance of gaining the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft