Klay Thompson described his record-breaking efforts in the Warriors’ 130-111 triumph Monday over the Lakers as “just one of those nights”.
The superstar shooting guard drained his first 10 3-point attempts at the Staples Center, the first time an NBA player has achieved that feat.
Thompson did not miss from beyond the arc until there was just 3:55 to play in the third quarter.
In October, the four-time All-Star set the mark for most 3-pointers made in a single game when he nailed 14 against the Bulls, and Thompson reflected on another game to remember Monday.
“It just happened to be one of those nights,” Thompson said, via ESPN. “It was the best percentage I ever shot. But it just happened to be one of those nights, man. It’s hard to explain.”
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Thompson finished with 44 points, 23 of those in a third-quarter blitz, and coach Steve Kerr hailed the 28-year-old’s performance.
“Klay does that five or six times a season,” Kerr said. “You guys have seen it. He just got red hot, white hot.”
The Warriors were blown away by the Lakers, 127-101, on Christmas Day, and Thompson believes the memories of that defeat played a part against L.A., which was without LeBron James, Lonzo Ball and Rajon Rondo.
“It definitely had an effect,” Thompson said. “One thing about this game is we play these guys four times.
“You do have to have a short memory because it’s such a long season, but when it’s a beatdown like that, you’re going to remember it.”