Seven best anecdotes from Klay Thompson's 60 points vs. Pacers in 2016

Drew Shiller
NBC Sports BayArea

Programming note: Watch the re-air of Klay Thompson's amazing 60-point performance against the Indiana Pacers tonight at 8:00 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area.

On Dec. 5, 2016, Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson scored 60 points against the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena.

The three-time NBA champion accomplished this despite playing just 29 minutes and three seconds, and spending the entire fourth quarter on the bench.

Klay went 21-for-33 from the field and 8-for-14 from 3-point range.

It was a historic performance, and here are five of the most interesting facts/quotes/anecdotes from the incredible night:

1) Klay did record one assist!

2) Klay went 10-for-11 from the free-throw line

The 11 attempts were the third-most in a single game in his career up to that point (12 and 16 during the 2015-16 season).

3) Klay became the fourth player in franchise history to score at least 60 points in a game -- joining Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry and ...

... Joe Fulks.

Yes, the same Joe Fulks who scored 63 points for the Philadelphia Warriors against the Indianapolis Jets on Feb. 10, 1949.

But you definitely already knew that.

4) Of Klay's 21 buckets, 20 were assisted:

Steph Curry tallied six assists, Draymond Green had five, Kevin Durant and Zaza Pachulia each had three and Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and David West each had one. 

5) Klay's father, Mychal, sent the following message to Klay after the game:

"My dad said, 'You should have had 70. You missed four wide-open 3s,' " the five-time All-Star told Greg Papa that night on Warriors Postgame Live.

6) While Klay was addressing reporters at the podium, Warriors owner Joe Lacob entered the press conference room, handed Klay a yellow flower and asked: "Will you accept this rose?"

Yep. That happened.

7) Durant revealed his favorite Klay story during an appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast in March 2018:

"The game before he had 60, Klay just missed practice. He didn't come. Where the hell is Klay? We called him, called him, called him. He didn't come to practice. He just like, just didn't come.

"And the next night he had 60 … don't know what happened. I think he said, like, 'Man, I was an hour late, two hours late. I was like, I might as well just stay in bed.' And he came out and had 60.

"I was like, this guy, if everybody in the world was like Klay the universe would be better."

Ain't that the truth.

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Seven best anecdotes from Klay Thompson's 60 points vs. Pacers in 2016 originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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