By: Ben Leonard
The Warriors needed Klay Thompson to be on his “A” game for the quickly approaching playoffs. He did that and then some for the Warriors (66-15) on Monday, scoring 37 points in the first half in a 111-107 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies (54-27). He had already scored 37 points in a quarter earlier this season, so why not make it in a half, too?
Thompson couldn’t quite keep up his hot shooting in the second half, but the Warriors didn’t even really need it. Thompson finished with 42 points on 15-21 shooting, including 8-10 from three, and was removed from the game for good with 1:25 left in the third, with Golden State holding a commanding 28-point lead. He was simply on fire, with shots falling from all over the floor. He matched Stephen Curry’s second highest point total in the NBA in a quarter this season, dropping 26 in the second, including this ridiculous shot.
In all of the hooplah surrounding Thompson, it’s easy to forget about others who contributed to the victory. The Warriors did only have one other scorer in double digits, namely Stephen Curry and his 16 points. Big man Andrew Bogut also did a great job of keeping center Marc Gasol in check, grabbing 7 rebounds and holding Gasol to just 6 points and 2 rebounds.
The Grizzles didn’t go down without a fight, out-scoring the Thompson-less Warriors 41-18 in the fourth quarter. The score indicates a much closer game than in actuality, with the Thompson and his Warriors dominating all facets. The Warriors moved to an astounding 38-2 at Oracle Arena this season. They don’t have a chance to pass the 1985-86 Celtics for the home wins record (40-1), but a 39th win Wednesday in the regular season finale against Denver would certainly be welcomed.
Cover Image: (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Article courtesy of Ben’s work at Sports Radio Service