Warriors open season in Phoenix on Halloween

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Warriors open season in Phoenix on Halloween

The defending champion Heat, led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, will make their only Bay Area appearance of the season on Jan. 16, when the Miami plays the Warriors at Oracle Arena.The NBA announced the 2012-13 regular-season schedule on Thursday, and it has the Warriors opening their season at Phoenix on Oct. 31. The Warriors home opener comes two days later, when the Warriors host the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 2.This is the first time since the 2001-02 season that the Warriors have opened the season on the road.The Warriors do not play on Oct. 30, the first official day of the NBA season.Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and the Los Angeles Lakers will come to Oracle two times the first on Dec. 22 and the next on March 25.Perhaps the most noteworthy part of the Warriors schedule comes in March and April. The Warriors play 16 of their final 22 games of the 2012-13 season at home.The Warriors open their season with 15 of 24 games on the road.The Warriors longest road trip of the season comes in December, a seven-gamer, that will take the team to Detroit, Brooklyn, Washington, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando and Atlanta.The Warriors longest homestand of the season is also a seven-gamer which comes in March.
DAY
DATE
OPPONENT
TIME

Wed 31-Oct Phoenix 7:00 PM
Fri 2-Nov Memphis 7:30 PM
Sat 3-Nov L.A. Clippers 7:30 PM
Mon 5-Nov Sacramento 7:00 PM
Wed 7-Nov Cleveland 7:30 PM
Fri 9-Nov at L.A. Lakers 7:30 PM
Sat 10-Nov Denver 7:30 PM
Wed 14-Nov Atlanta 7:30 PM
Fri 16-Nov Minnesota 5:00 PM
Sun 18-Nov Oklahoma City 4:00 PM
Mon 19-Nov Dallas 5:30 PM
Wed 21-Nov Brooklyn 7:30 PM
Fri 23-Nov Denver 6:00 PM
Sat 24-Nov Minnesota 7:30 PM
Thu 29-Nov Denver 7:30 PM
Sat 1-Dec Indiana 7:30 PM
Mon 3-Dec Orlando 7:30 PM
Wed 5-Dec Detroit 4:30 PM
Fri 7-Dec Brooklyn 4:30 PM
Sat 8-Dec Washington 4:00 PM
Mon 10-Dec Charlotte 4:00 PM
Wed 12-Dec Miami 4:30 PM
Fri 14-Dec Orlando 5:00 PM
Sat 15-Dec Atlanta 4:00 PM
Tue 18-Dec New Orleans 7:30 PM
Wed 19-Dec Sacramento 7:00 PM
Fri 21-Dec Charlotte 7:30 PM
Sat 22-Dec L.A. Lakers 7:30 PM
Wed 26-Dec Utah 6:00 PM
Fri 28-Dec Philadelphia 7:30 PM
Sat 29-Dec Boston 7:30 PM
Wed 2-Jan L.A. Clippers 7:30 PM
Sat 5-Jan at L.A. Clippers 7:30 PM
Wed 9-Jan Memphis 7:30 PM
Fri 11-Jan Portland 7:30 PM
Sun 13-Jan Denver 5:00 PM
Wed 16-Jan Miami 7:30 PM
Fri 18-Jan San Antonio 5:30 PM
Sat 19-Jan New Orleans 5:00 PM
Mon 21-Jan L.A. Clippers 1:00 PM
Wed 23-Jan Oklahoma City 7:30 PM
Fri 25-Jan Chicago 5:00 PM
Sat 26-Jan Milwaukee 5:30 PM
Mon 28-Jan Toronto 4:00 PM
Tue 29-Jan Cleveland 4:00 PM
Thu 31-Jan Dallas 7:30 PM
Sat 2-Feb Phoenix 7:30 PM
Tue 5-Feb Houston 5:00 PM
Wed 6-Feb Oklahoma City 5:00 PM
Fri 8-Feb Memphis 5:00 PM
Sat 9-Feb Dallas 5:30 PM
Tue 12-Feb Houston 7:30 PM
Tue 19-Feb Utah 6:00 PM
Wed 20-Feb Phoenix 7:30 PM
Fri 22-Feb San Antonio 7:30 PM
Sun 24-Feb Minnesota 12:30 PM
Tue 26-Feb Indiana 4:00 PM
Wed 27-Feb New York 4:30 PM
Fri 1-Mar Boston 4:30 PM
Sat 2-Mar Philadelphia 4:00 PM
Mon 4-Mar Toronto 7:30 PM
Wed 6-Mar Sacramento 7:30 PM
Fri 8-Mar Houston 7:30 PM
Sat 9-Mar Milwaukee 7:30 PM
Mon 11-Mar New York 7:30 PM
Wed 13-Mar Detroit 7:30 PM
Fri 15-Mar Chicago 7:30 PM
Sun 17-Mar Houston 4:00 PM
Mon 18-Mar New Orleans 5:00 PM
Wed 20-Mar San Antonio 5:30 PM
Sat 23-Mar Washington 7:30 PM
Mon 25-Mar L.A. Lakers 7:30 PM
Wed 27-Mar Sacramento 7:30 PM
Sat 30-Mar Portland 7:30 PM
Wed 3-Apr New Orleans 7:30 PM
Fri 5-Apr Phoenix 7:00 PM
Sun 7-Apr Utah 5:00 PM
Tue 9-Apr Minnesota 7:30 PM
Thu 11-Apr Oklahoma City 7:30 PM
Fri 12-Apr L.A. Lakers 7:30 PM
Mon 15-Apr San Antonio 7:30 PM
Wed 17-Apr Portland 7:30 PM

Rewind: Klay drops 60, finds a zone most never experience

Rewind: Klay drops 60, finds a zone most never experience

OAKLAND – The shots kept falling, splashing through the net from all over the court, jumpers from 20 feet, from 25, from 30, layups from one side of the bucket, then the other. Klay Thompson was tap-dancing all over the Indiana Pacers.

It didn’t seem logical that a self-respecting NBA team like the Pacers would allow one man to put on a personal showcase, with them as the victims.

That’s precisely what Thompson did Monday night, before the 200th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena, pouring in 60 points – more than he has ever scored in a game, more than anyone in the NBA his scored this season – in a 142-106 crushing of Indiana.

“Klay did do a good job of moving without the ball,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “Tonight, he was moving and they were finding him.

“We needed to get more help, and we didn’t. He lit us up.”

In scoring 60 points in only 29 minutes – he exited with 1:22 left in the third quarter and did not return – Thompson found a zone above even the most ethereal zones. He happened upon a place even the most hallowed most NBA players never get the privilege of experiencing.

“That’s a feat I would put money on to probably never be touched ever again in the history of basketball,” said Stephen Curry, the reigning scoring champion as well as back-to-back MVP.

“I don’t even know what to say,” said Kevin Durant, the four-time scoring champ who also has an MVP trophy to his name. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

With Thompson raining shots, his teammates standing and clapping and boogieing to the roar of the crowd, the Pacers were helpless witnesses to their own dismantling. As Thompson sizzled, and their defense fizzled, one thing became clear: There would be no double-teaming of the hottest shooter in the NBA this season.

How do you double-team Thompson, who plays mostly without the ball, when he’s sharing the court with Curry and Durant? You don’t. You take your chances and hope. And if Thompson is stroking it, you’re in trouble.

The Pacers tried numerous defenders on Thompson and none was up to the challenge. The Warriors, smelling the Pacers’ futility, went after them with a vengeance.

“You could see that once he got hot, Steph was looking for him and Draymond (Green) and KD and Andre (Iguodala) and Zaza (Pachulia), they were all looking for him,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

“I’ve said this before, but I really believe the strength of our team the last few years offensive is the number of guys that can pass and make plays. What’s really gratifying as a coach is when you see that type of unselfishness.”

By the time Indiana’s superstar, Paul George, took the assignment, trying to cool Thompson, it was well into the third quarter, much too late. Thompson had made 21 of his 33 shots, including eight of his 14 launches from beyond the arc. He had become the first player in the shot-clock era (beginning in 1954-55) to score 60 points in fewer than 30 minutes.

He had hung the Pacers on a wall.

“I will celebrate this tonight,” said Thompson, whose previous career-high was 52 points. “It’s a feat I never really thought I would be able to do growing up.”

Asked if could have scored 80 points, Thompson barely skipped a beat.

“Maybe. I think I could have,” he said. “And maybe one day I will have the opportunity. 60 points in 29 minutes is not bad. I’m satisfied with that.”

His teammates were beyond satisfied. They were delighted. Enchanted. Durant scored 20 points and was agape at Thompson’s performance. Curry had 13 points, 11 assists and zero turnovers and was unusually demonstrative in recapping Thompson’s night.

“We just kept feeding him and feeding him, and he was knocking down some unbelievable shots,” Durant said.

“It was just so much fun to watch,” Curry said. “We appreciate that entertainment value as his teammates to see what he was able to do tonight. It was crazy.”

This was Thompson, taking full and extravagant advantage of both his own shooting skill as well as the benefit of teammates too lethal for any defense to ignore.

All of which left the other 29 teams around the NBA watching and wondering where on earth do they turn if any Thompson or Curry or Durant enters a zone.

This is quite the quandary, and it’s precisely what the Warriors had in mind when they hired Durant.

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.