Warriors Rewind: Klay Thompson explodes for career-high 60 points vs. Pacers in 2016

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With no hoops on the calendar until Dec. 22, Warriors Wire is rewinding the tape through Golden State’s history for memorable matchups, standout performances and everything else in between.

Over his eight-year career with Golden State, Klay Thompson has built a long list of notable performances. Game six of the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 37-points in one quarter against the Sacramento Kings and 14 triples against the Chicago Bulls are just some of Thompson’s epic achievements while wearing Golden State’s No. 11 jersey.

While each is impressive for their own reasons, his effort against the Indiana Pacers in 2016 should be near the top of Thompson’s resume.

Dec. 5, 2016

With Paul George, Monta Ellis and the Pacers in town, it didn’t take Thompson long to catch fire. The five-time NBA All-Star notched 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field in the first quarter of the contest.

In the second quarter, Thompson matched the entire Indiana squad with 23 total points. After only making one 3-pointer in the first 12 minutes, the Splash Brother drilled 4-of-7 long-distance jumpers in the second quarter.

Heading into halftime with Oracle Arena rocking, Thompson tallied a game-high 40 points on 15-of-22 shooting from the field with five triples. Despite a 30-point Golden State lead, the Washington State product wasn’t done.

In the third quarter, Thompson added another 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field to give himself a new career-high 60 points. To the dismay of fans in the Bay Area, Steve Kerr opted to keep Thompson on the bench for the fourth quarter.

During Golden State’s 142-106 win, Thompson finished the game with an NBA season-high 60 points on 21-of-33 shooting from the field with eight triples, two rebounds and an assist in only 29 minutes. Adding to the lore of Thompson’s career-high performance, the three-time champion only dribbled the basketball 11 times during his 60 point effort.

Thompson joined Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain and Joe Fulks as just the fourth player in Golden State history to score 60 points.

Watch highlights from Thompson’s night against Indiana via YouTube:

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