Steinmetz: Kings' Fast Start Not to be Overlooked

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Steinmetz: Kings' Fast Start Not to be Overlooked

Nov. 1, 2010STEINMETZ ARCHIVEKINGS PAGE KINGS VIDEOMatt Steinmetz
CSNCalifornia.com

Look at the Kings.

They've have had a terrific start to the season. - The Kings have won two of their first three -- all of which have been road games. That ain't bad considering the Kings went 7-34 away from ARCO last year.

It doesn't matter that the competition hasn't been the stiffest -- Minnesota, New Jersey and Cleveland -- you can only deal with the schedule you're given. Monday is another good chance for victory, their home opener against Toronto.

Rookie center DeMarcus Cousins has looked very good in the early going, with his single-biggest issue being foul trouble. The part when he's on the court is very good so far. Cousins is averaging 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, not bad at all considering he's only playing 25 minutes per game.

I remember that game midway through the preseason when Cousins was impressive in a game against the Warriors in Sacramento. Kings coach Paul Westphal was asked what had clicked for Cousins.

Answered Westphal: "He's learning the plays."

Cousins has benefited from having plenty of support up front when he is on the bench saddled with fouls. Carl Landry is the team's leading scorer, Jason Thompson has helped with his minutes more limited and Samuel Dalembert came back a little early from injury.

Bottom line is the Kings have some bodies up front. And all indications are Cousins is going to be the best of them.

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.