For as long as the Warriors dynasty has been rolling, it feels like every series they’ve played in has had a “Klay Thompson Game.”
After Golden State dropped Game 1 at home to Los Angeles, that “Klay Thompson Game” came at the perfect time.
The Warriors torched the Lakers in Game 2 to even the series, using second and third-quarter scoring barrages to come away with a 27-point win. Los Angeles actually held a seven-point lead after the first frame, but Golden State combined to score 84 points over the next two periods to decide the game’s outcome.
Thompson had the hot hand of the night, exploding for 30 points on 8-for-11 shooting from 3-point range to assure his team would not leave the Chase Center without a win.
He caught fire in the second quarter, knocking down four of his five 3-point attempts to help the Warriors begin to pull away. Halftime didn’t cool him off, burying three more 3-pointers in the third quarter to blow the doors off the game.
8 Threes@KlayThompson went to work ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/2Oi0yqMIjP
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 5, 2023
Thompson’s lights-out 3-point shooting extended his own record for the most games (6) with eight or more triples in NBA Playoffs history.
Standing alone atop a list that includes Stephen Curry, Ray Allen and Damian Lillard just goes to show where Thompson stands among some of the greatest shooters of all time.
After the game, Thompson spoke on what it’s like to be in that type of rhythm where everything is falling from beyond the arc.
“Those are the moments you work for,” he began. “You might not see them all the time when you’re in the gym, conditioning, running one thousand miles. But those short moments of euphoria and that flow state where you feel like you can’t miss, make all those hard days more than worth it.
“I was trying to get the crowd going and it’s always fun when you shoot the ball well. But it’s even better when you couple that with the win.”
The Warriors will hope Thompson’s sharp shooting carries over to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Saturday, May 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
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