Klay Thompson made each of his first 10 3-pointers in Monday's one-sided win over the Los Angeles Lakers. He also broke a record in the process.
His 10-for-10 start from beyond the arc tied for the hottest start from 3-point range by any player in NBA history,
"I've never hit 10 [3-pointers] in a row in a game," Thompson told reporters in Los Angeles. "That was hard. That's hard to do. I thought I had 11 for a second, but that's basketball."
Thompson missed his 11th (and final) 3-point attempt, but was historically efficient against his father Mychal's old team. He finished the night with 44 points on 17-of-20 shooting from the field, and ESPN Stats and Info determined that Thompson's effective field goal percentage on Monday was the highest of any player who took at least 15 shots in a game.
In all, Thompson shot 85 percent from the field and about 91 percent from beyond the arc. Thompson had never made more than 85 percent of his shots in a game where he attempted at least two, and had never made more than 90 percent of his 3-pointers in a game where he attempted more than five.
Before Monday, no player had shot at both of those percentages in a game where they made multiple three-pointers.
Thompson was asked whether the opponent -- the Lakers crushed the Warriors on Christmas -- played into his performance, and he admitted it played "a little bit" of a role. Thompson also pointed to the fact he was playing in front of his family in his hometown.
Other than that, though, Thompson said there wasn't exactly one factor he could point to and describe why he was "on one."
"It just happened to be one of those nights," Thompson said. "I think that's the best percentage I ever shot, [but] it just happened to be one of those nights, man. I can't explain."
If you subscribe to the notion that a playoff series doesn't begin until a home team loses, well, then the Eastern Conference finals have yet to begin.
After dropping the first two games of the series on the road, the Toronto Raptors evened the series with the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night with a 120-102 victory at Scotiabank Arena in Game 4.
In winning each of the last two games at home, Toronto has ensured that the Eastern Conference finals will go at least six games. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have already advanced to their fifth consecutive NBA Finals after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in four games.
Golden State has plenty of time to rest up before the Finals begin on May 30th. Whichever team represents the Eastern Conference won't have as much of a luxury.
Given the fact that several players on the Warriors' roster -- most notably Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and DeMarcus Cousins -- missed part or all of the series sweep of the Blazers with injuries, the extra time off before the Finals begin certainly comes in handy.
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Game 6 between the Bucks and Raptors is on Sat. May 25th, meaning whichever team that comes out of the East will have at most four days to recuperate before the Finals begin.
That would already seem to be a significant advantage for Golden State, but if you want to get greedy, there's plenty of reason to believe the Eastern Conference finals could require a Game 7.
Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is a confident person.
Beverley doesn't back down from anybody and he speaks his mind freely.
On Tuesday morning, he made the following declaration on Twitter:
Sorry Mr. Beverley, but we respectfully disagree.
Here were the results of the Warriors-Clippers first-round NBA playoff series:
Game 1 = Warriors 121, Clippers 104
Game 2 = Clippers 135, Warriors 131 (Golden State led by 31 points with about 7:30 left in the third quarter)
Game 3 = Warriors 132, Clippers 105
Game 4 = Warriors 113, Clippers 105
Game 5 = Clippers 129, Warriors 101
Game 6 = Warriors 129, Clippers 110
The Dubs' average margin of victory was nearly 18 points.
In the second round, the Rockets beat the Warriors twice and every game was decided by six points or less.
Although Golden State swept Portland in the Western Conference finals, the Blazers had the following leads:
Game 2 = 17 points early in the third quarter
Game 3 = 18 points late in the second quarter
Game 4 = 17 points with less than two minutes left in the third quarter
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While you could make the argument that the Clippers gave a better challenge than the Blazers, the Rockets clearly were the most formidable foe.
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