Klay Thompson hits his first 10 3-pointers in a 44-point effort in less than three quarters of action in the Warriors’ rout. (1:59)
LOS ANGELES — Klay Thompson tied an NBA record Monday night by hitting 10 3-pointers without a miss en route to scoring 44 points as the Golden State Warriors overwhelmed the Los Angeles Lakers 130-111.
Thompson, who also tied the record for consecutive 3-pointers to start a game, missed his 11th attempted 3-pointer before exiting the game with the Warriors holding a wide lead. His performance left the Staples Center crowd in awe, especially in the third quarter as Thompson hit shots from all over the floor, going 8-for-9 from the field.
Thompson, who needed just 27 minutes to do his offensive damage, is playing his best basketball of the season over the past month after struggling to find a rhythm throughout the first half of the season. He came into the game averaging 24.6 points over eight games in January.
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Klay Thompson set an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range, scoring 44 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 130-111 on Monday night to match a season high with their eighth consecutive…
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Thompson’s 3-point explosion on Monday night looked similar to his record-setting game on Oct. 29 in a 149-124 win over the Chicago Bulls.
In that game, Thompson knocked down an NBA-record 14 3-pointers, scoring 52 points in 27 minutes. In that game he was 18-for-29 from the field and 14-for-24 from beyond the arc, making his numbers against the Lakers on Monday even more impressive.
Monday’s performance marked the fifth time in Thompson’s career that he had 10 or more 3-pointers in a game and the 13th time he has had 40 or more points in a game. Monday’s win marked the eighth straight victory for a Warriors group that is also playing its best basketball of the season. The Warriors next game is Thursday night against the Washington Wizards.
According to Elias Sports Bureau research, Ty Lawson is the most recent player to make his first 10 threes of a game (April 9, 2011) and Chandler Parsons is the most recent player to make 10 threes within a game (Jan. 24, 2014).
Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.