LOS ANGELES, Nothing can stop Klay Thompson, definitely not the Lakers defense. The Golden State Warriors made certain of it, also, putting screens and calling plays to the star guard, who set an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3 point range on his approach to scoring 44 points at 130-111 victory on Monday night. I have never hit 10 3s in a row at a game. That is hard to do, “Thompson said. I just happened to be on tonight and I am happy I was able to do it in front of my loved ones.”
The Warriors tied a season high with their 8th consecutive victory. The two time defending champions won their seventh consecutive road game, too. They are starting to find their stride, but not only against us but against the Celtics, LA coach Luke Walton said. Thompson stopped and jumped out anyplace, completing 10 out of 11 from beyond the bow and 17 out of 20 from the floor overall. We sort of sold to look for Klay, in all honesty, Kevin Durant said. When you are knocking shots down like this, you’ve to continue to feed him until he goes cold and tonight I did not see this insight.
Thompson had 23 points in the 3rd Quarter, connecting to Seven 3 as Warriors extended their lead to 36. He hopped and allow his right arm in the air after hitting his seventh Golden State fans at Staples Center cheered. He missed from deep late in the period. We’d two, 3 men flying at him, Walton said. Durant added 20 points and Stephen Curry had 11 points and 12 assists, going 2 out of 10 from 3 point range for the Warriors. We’d 41 assists tonight, so the ball was moving and Klay was just magnificent, Coach Steve Kerr said.
Emblematic of his quiet offensive night, Curry came dribbling in alone for a fast-break dunk, but slipped and fell, pulling hiccups from the crowd. He scrambled to his legs, got the ball back and put up an air ball. Which was humorous, Thompson said. That’ll definitely be on Shaqtin a Fool.” Ivica Zubac led LA with 18 points. Brandon Ingram added 17 and Kyle Kuzma had 16. The Lakers were without their main ball handlers and playmakers at LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, and Rajon Rondo. They dropped at 5-9 without James, whose left knee strain has compelled him for the longest stretch of the 16-year career. Coming off a division into two consecutive overtime games, the Lakers kept it close in the very first half, tracking 65-55 in the break. Golden State had only six 3s in halftime.
However, Thompson fired up a 3 pointer, the very first of Golden State’s 9 in the next quarter, and the Warriors went on to outscore the Lakers 45-25 to lead 110-80 going into the fourth.
Golden State’s sharpshooting silenced the audience and let the Warriors sit four of their five starters in the 4th, leaving DeMarcus Cousins to get a little until he went to the bench. Cousins had eight points, 9 rebounds, five assists, and 4 fouls in his second game for the Warriors since being out almost a year with a serious knee injury. The Warriors have made 141 3 pointers to 93 for competitions during their eight-game winning streak. TIP-INS. Warriors: All 12 players scored. Their other eight-game winning streaks this season was October. 22 to Nov. Evened the season series 1-1, with lost 127-101 on Christmas.
Lakers: Walton expects James is in a position to return this week when the Lakers have five consecutive games at Staples Center. A ball is out four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain. Walton said Rondo could reunite on Thursday, but he is not as confident about James. Josh Hart had six points, one help and 4 fouls starting instead of Ball. Jack Nicholson made a rare courtside appearance. Mahershala Ali, Snoop Dogg, James Franco, Floyd Mayweather, and Manny Pacquiao were in the audience. PLEASING THE PARENTS. Thompson was going to catch up with his father, former laker Mikal Thompson, subsequently.
He’ll probably say, “Good job must have 50. Must have gone for 50, the younger Thompson said. It is never good enough for your parents”.
BELL VS KERR
Warriors reserve Jordan Bell had a sideline market with Kerr. Bell scored two points in seven minutes. The coach will always, particularly the younger men in the group, definitely be on them a little bit longer because he expects a lot from them, Durant said. He allows us to know exactly what he sees there and in case you’ve something to say to him back, he is not going to be scared to go back at you. He sees the potential in him. That stuff happens, so we will move on”.