CHICAGO, IL – When I spoke to Warriors guard Klay Thompson in the locker room Monday night before Golden State took on the Bulls, I asked him about teammate Stephen Curry’s hot start. Thompson appeared locked in to his pregame routine, but was willing to speak about his teammate’s success despite his own struggles.
Those struggles ended quickly afterwards.
Thompson broke Curry’s NBA record by sinking 14 3-pointers in a 149-124 win. Thompson started off hot and never let up until Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr pulled the starters in the third quarter.
“I just knew I was due for a big night,” Thompson said. “I just knew it.”
Thompson started off 6-7 from deep as the Warriors jumped out to a 44-28 lead in the first quarter. Golden State set a franchise record with 92 points in the first half with Thompson accounting for 36. He hit 10 3s in the first half.
“They knew even before I went out for the second half,” Thompson said.
“Steph looked at the box score said, ‘go get it.’”
Curry and Thompson have shared the record twice, with Curry eventually breaking his own record. The point guard has had a hot start to the season, but Thompson has struggled, averaging 15.1 points and shooting just 13.9 percent from behind the arc. All that went out the window Monday.
“We all knew that it was just a matter of time before he busted out,” Kerr said. “It doesn’t really shock me either, because we’ve seen Klay do this before.”
Thompson had the hot hand from the beginning, and the Warriors kept feeding him despite the large margin on the scoreboard.
“When Klay was searching for the record, it was uncomfortable for us as a staff,” Kerr said. “But we’re not going to tell him don’t go for an NBA record.”
Thompson admitted he was nervous when he got closer to the record-setting mark.
“I might have forced a few bad shots,” Thompson said. “I was just so anxious because every time there’s an NBA record at stake, you get a little nervous.”
While Thompson may have set a new NBA record, Curry saw his streak of consecutive games with five 3s snapped. He finished with 23 points, but went just 2-4 from 3-point range.
The United Center crowd gave Thompson a standing ovation as he exited the floor after setting the record in the third quarter. How long he keeps it is anyone’s guess. When you look at the list for most 3-pointers made in a single game, Curry and Thompson are regulars. Curry’s name appears 17 times and Thompson’s appears five.
The “Splash Brothers” keep breaking their own marks, meaning it’s only a matter of time before this record gets topped. The only question is which player will be the one to top it.