Tyreke Punctuates Amazing Year

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Tyreke Punctuates Amazing Year

April 13, 2010
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After last years lottery debacle, Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof tried in vain to put an optimistic spin on what had just occurred. Despite having the worst record in the NBA in 2008-09, the Kings received no luck from the ping-pong balls and wound up with the fourth selection in last years draft.

Maloof remained relentlessly positive, and guaranteed to Kings fans that the team would still get a great player. Sacramento fans werent necessarily buying it, and who could blame them? Theyd been thinking Blake Griffin.

Oh, well. Score: Gavin Maloof 1, Conventional Wisdom 0.

Tyreke Evans, who turned out to be that No. 4 pick, put an exclamation point on a remarkable rookie season on Monday night, and one that will likely earn him the NBAs Rookie of the Year award.

Not only that, its the kind of rookie season that puts him in the company of greatness.

By scoring 24 points in the Kings 117-107 loss to the Rockets on Monday, Evans assured himself of joining Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only rookies in NBA history to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists a game.

Thats why Evans remains the front-runner for the ROY award, even with a late charge by Warriors point guard Stephen Curry.

What makes Evans first season even more impressive is it seems clear that hes only scratching the surface of his ability. It is Evans strength and physicality that sets him apart from most players, and few players have his kind of upside.

You get the feeling Evans has All-Star appearances in his future. Hes still growing in terms of how to play point guard, and yet hes one of the best in the league when it comes to finishing around the basket.

Evans has the potential to be an excellent defender and if his shot improves theres no telling how good he can be.

Evans might not yet be the great player Maloof predicted. But hes sure on his way there.

-- Matt Steinmetz

Instant Replay: Klay erupts for career-high 60, Warriors destroy Pacers

Instant Replay: Klay erupts for career-high 60, Warriors destroy Pacers

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND – As the Warriors on Monday night celebrated their 200th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena, All-Star guard Klay Thompson gave 19,596 fans an evening they’ll never forget.

Thompson scored 60 points, a career-high for him and the most any player has scored in the NBA this season, to carry the Warriors to a 142-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Thompson scored 17 points in the opening period, 23 in the second – for 40, representing a career-high for points in a half – and closed out his night with 20 in the third quarter.

So hot was Thompson that only no other teammate exceeded 20 points. Kevin Durant totaled 20, Stephen Curry had 13 and Ian Clark finished with 11.

Curry posted a season-high 11 assists, and Draymond Green recorded 10 as the Warriors were credited with 45 helpers overall.

With a 116-83 lead after three quarters, Warriors coach Steve Kerr went to his reserves for the entire fourth quarter.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Thompson, who took possession in the first half and locked it up in third quarter.

Thompson’s line: 60 points (21-of-33 from the field, 8-of-14 from deep, 10-of-11 from the free throw line). He played 29 minutes and finished plus-37 for the night.

TURNING POINT:
When a Monta Ellis layup pulled the Pacers within seven (46-39) with 8:14 left in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a 24-3 run to go up 70-42 with 2:34 remaining in the half.

They went into intermission with an 80-50 lead, and Indiana got no closer than xx for the rest of the game.

The Warriors trailed for all of 12 seconds (in the first five minutes) in the game.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: No injuries were listed and none was reported.

Pacers: No injuries were listed and none was reported.

ROSTER NOTE:
Rookie C Damian Jones is on assignment with D-League Santa Cruz.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Warriors travel to Los Angeles, where on Wednesday night they face the Clippers at Staples Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30.

Klay fourth player in Warriors history to score 60 in game

Klay fourth player in Warriors history to score 60 in game

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.