Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors drilled an NBA-record 14 3-point shots Tuesday night against Chicago and scored 52 points.
Klay Thompson gets fired up in this game to make the NBA's single-game three-pointer record of 14 threes. Expect a raucous home crowd to show their appreciation for Durant and begin the process of wooing him to the Big Apple.
"I just tried to be aggressive and score", Durant said.
"I forced a few bad shots, but I was so anxious".
"I think we just needed a spark and I was able to provide that for the team", he said. "It was an fantastic night I'll hopefully never forget". In the first quarter alone, he went 6-of-7 from three. And Chicago product Alfonzo McKinnie added 19 points and 10 rebounds as the two-time defending National Basketball Association champions improved to 7-1.
10 of those threes in the first half were made by Thompson.
"To snap out of the slump with the record, I couldn't ask for a better way to do it", Thompson said.
Prior to the game, head coach Steve Kerr had stated he wasn't anxious about Thompson's shooting struggles through the first seven games of the season, via Yahoo Sports. He added (per NBA.com): "We'll see when I go through my pregame shooting, to see how it feels".
Klay Thompson popped to the wing off a screen from Stephen Curry, caught the pass from Kevin Durant and dribbled to his left before launching the record 3-pointer.
Simmons made five of his six field-goal attempts and drained all five free throws for a 15-point haul in a dominant third quarter. I'll admit it, I haven't been totally buying the hot start for the Kings because of who they beat: the Thunder (a team stumbling out of the gate, although the Kings spoiled Russell Westbrook's return), the flawed Grizzlies, and the flawed and imploding Wizards.
The Raptors meanwhile were missing Kawhi Leonard, opting to rest the star forward for the contest.
Kent Bazemore led the Hawks with 18 points. Lou Williams, another former Rocket, had 23 points for Los Angeles off the bench and Danilo Gallinari scored 16.
In Philadelphia, Ben Simmons led the 76ers to a 113-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center. Karl-Anthony Towns added 25 points and shooting guard Josh Okogie had 17 points.