The Golden State Warriors just aren't fair. They aren't fair because they have a player who can score 60 points in 29 minutes.
The Warriors aren't fair because that player — Klay Thompson — is their purported third option on offense.
And the Warriors aren't fair because Thompson, even though he was erupting for 60 points, had nothing to do with Golden State's most jaw-dropping highlight on Monday.
The highlight in question started when Zaza Pachulia won a jump a ball, then tipped it back to Draymond Green. Green threw a football-style bomb downcourt to a streaking Steph Curry. Curry touched the ball for just the briefest moment while going airborne and flicking a blind alley-oop backwards over his head. Kevin Durant soared in to flush it home. The ball didn't touch the floor once. The crowd, as they say, went wild.
Here's video — you'll see the stunning play involved every Warrior on the floor except Thompson.
It's at moments like this that the Warriors seem more like a bunch of musicians jamming together than an actual NBA team competing against other NBA teams. They appear limited only by the bounds of their own creativity more than by anything other teams try to do to stop them.
Thompson had a front row seat for that beautiful moment — but the rest of Monday night, it was Thompson's Golden State teammates watching him make magic against the Indiana Pacers.
Thompson, left, celebrates with Kevin Durant.
Image: Ben Margot/AP
In hitting 21 of 33 shots and 8 of 14 three-pointers, Thompson became the first player in NBA history to score 60 points in less than 30 minutes of playing time. According to NBA.com, Thompson scored 60 while touching the ball just 52 times for a total of 88 seconds and taking only 11 dribbles the entire night. There's more, too — scoring at that rate for a full 48 minutes, Thompson would have scored 99 points on the night.
Ninety-nine! That's one off Wilt Chamberlain's thought-to-be-untouchable NBA record set in 1962. But Golden State blew out Indiana 142-106, so Thompson played just 29 minutes.
Words don't to Thompson's record night justice, though. Whether or not you care much about NBA basketball, take the nine minutes to watch his full highlights below.
Meanwhile, in the first half Monday night, the Warriors had 25 assists against just two turnovers. That's closer to performance art than professional basketball. In one half, the Warriors racked up more assists than every team in the NBA save one averages per game. The one team averaging more than 25 per game? Yep, you guessed it — Golden State.
So here we are, a quarter-way through the NBA season. Klay Thompson just hit for 60 points — but if you had to choose one highlight to show a friend from Monday night's game, Thompson wouldn't even be in it.
Now, are the Warriors unbeatable? Of course not. They've been beaten three times in 21 games so far this season. Perhaps some wily coach figures out how to slow them up during a seven-game playoff series. Perhaps fatigue sets in. Perhaps an unfortunate injury derails their championship hopes.
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps. For now, though, the Warriors just aren't fair.