OAKLAND – Warriors guard Klay Thompson needed only three quarters to fire in 60 points Monday night against, achieving not only a career-high but also the highest-scoring performance in the NBA this season.
Thompson’s effort eclipsed the previous season-high of 51 by Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, who needed overtime on Oct. 28 to reach that total.
Thompson joined Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry and Joe Fulks as the only Warriors every to reach the 60-point level in a single game.
Thompson managed the feat in only 29 minutes, during which he was 21-of-33 from the field, including 8-of-14 from 3-point distance. He was 10-of-11 from the line.
Scoring 17 points in the first quarter, 23 in the second and 20 in the third, Thompson became the first Warrior to reach 60 since Rick Barry on March 26, 1974 against Portland.
During the past 20 years only former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, with 62, scored more points in three quarters.
OAKLAND – Warriors guard Klay Thompson scored 40 points in the first half against Indiana on Monday, the most he has scored in a half in his six-year career.
Thompson was 15-of-22 from the field, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. He was 5-of-5 from the foul line.
Thompson’s previous high for a half was 39, accomplished against Sacramento on Jan. 23, 2015.
The Warriors went into intermission with an 80-50 lead over the Pacers.