With Monday Night Football putting most NFL fans to sleep, Klay Thompson and the Warriors gave people reason to watch some early NBA action.
Thompson scored 52 points in just 27 minutes to help lift the Warriors to a 149-124 win over the Bulls. Thompson hit 14 3-pointers, breaking teammate Stephen Curry’s single-game record.
NBA RECORD 14 3’s FOR KLAY THOMPSON! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) October 30, 2018
With 10 3-pointers by halftime, Thompson remained hot in the third quarter, blistering Chicago’s non-existent defense with a bevy of deep shots. He also added five rebounds on the historic night.
As a team, The Warriors knocked down 24 3-pointers in the game, a new franchise record. They came up one short of the NBA record.
The Warriors have set a franchise record for three-point field goals made with 24 (24-of-41 3FG). The NBA record for threes is 25 (Cleveland at Atlanta, March 3, 2017).
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) October 30, 2018
The Warriors, heavy favorites to win yet another NBA Championship this season, improved to 7-1 this season. That loss is going to look like a fluke as the season moves on because this team has no weakness and center DeMarcus Cousins hasn’t even been cleared to play yet.
Stephen Curry added 23 points in this game, celebrating his teammate’s new record. With little intrigue surrounding the final score in Warriors games this season, Curry will have something to fight for with his single-game 3-point record broken.
The loss dropped the Bulls down to 2-5 as they struggle to integrate a young lineup.
Stud of the Night
With Thompson already highlighted, 76ers point guard Ben Simmons gets the nod here after scoring 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting with 12 rebounds and nine assists in a highly efficient effort. Philadelphia beat the Hawks 113-92, and Simmons’ poised effort was a big reason why they rose above .500 on the season.
Dud of the Night
Nets guard Caris LeVert has been off to an impressive start to the season, but he managed just four points on 2-of-11 shooting (0 for 6 from 3-point range) with two rebounds and two turnovers. The Nets dropped to 2-5 after falling 115-96 to the Knicks.
Spurs star Rudy Gay still has some athleticism:
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— NBA (@NBA) October 30, 2018
Pistons (4-1) at Celtics (4-2) 7:30 p.m. ET – Detroit looks revitalized with Dwane Casey leading the way, and Blake Griffin has proven to be the main beneficiary of the former Raptors coach’s impact. Griffin is averaging nearly 30 points per game, and looks like a real triple-double threat in this system. The Celtics are well balanced offensively and poised on defense. This could be a low-scoring game that reminds many of the NBA of old.