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

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

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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Warriors players join Juan Toscano-Anderson's Oakland protest Saturday

Warriors players join Juan Toscano-Anderson's Oakland protest Saturday

Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson is on a mission.

The Oakland native is organizing peaceful "Black Lives Matter" protests in an effort to unite the Bay Area community against racial injustices.

On Saturday, Toscano-Anderson's second "Walking in Unity" march took place in Oakland, and several of his Warriors teammates showed up alongside him.

Warriors guard Damion Lee and center Marquese Chriss joined Toscano-Anderson on the march from the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza to the Lake Merritt Amphitheater.

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East Bay hip-hop artist P-Lo even turned out to support the cause.

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Elsewhere in the Bay Area, Steph and Ayesha Curry were in attendance at the "Black Lives Matter" march in Palo Alto, and they brought their daughter, Riley.

Earlier this week, Curry and teammate Klay Thompson took part in Toscano-Anderson's first march in Oakland, and their attendance meant a lot to the young Warrior.

“It meant a lot just because I know someone in my work profession has my back,” Toscano-Anderson said told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock. “I know it’s tough when you in a position like Steph’s, I don’t want to say it’s hard but it's a thin line you have to watch where you walk. It definitely made me feel good to see somebody of his caliber and his notoriety here. It’s a pretty cool feeling.”

Protests have been happening nationwide for almost two weeks in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minnesota.

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NBA rumors: Warriors would draft Anthony Edwards if they pick No. 1

NBA rumors: Warriors would draft Anthony Edwards if they pick No. 1

The Warriors reportedly haven't spoken to top NBA draft prospect Anthony Edwards on Zoom yet, but that doesn't mean they aren't interested in the Georgia product.

On Aug. 25, the Warriors will find out where they will pick when the NBA draft lottery is held. If the odds fall in their favor, Edwards could be a Warrior.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau reported Saturday, citing sources, that if the Warriors landed the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, and decide to keep it, they will take Edwards.

"Sources have indicated to The Chronicle that if the Warriors land the No. 1 pick and decide not to trade down, they’ll likely take Georgia guard Anthony Edwards," Letourneau wrote.

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But what if they don't get the No. 1 pick?

"If Golden State lands anywhere between Nos. 2 and No. 5, it’ll strongly consider Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton, Auburn’s Isaac Okoro and Israel’s Deni Avdija, among others," Letourneau wrote.

In NBC Sports California's NBA Mock Draft 8.0, Insider James Ham has Avdija going No. 5 overall, Okoro going No. 7 overall and Haliburton going No. 8 overall.

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Ham currently has the Warriors picking Dayton's Obi Toppin at No. 3 overall.

With the 2020 NBA Draft not happening until Oct. 15, the Warriors have plenty of time to put together their big board of top prospects and devise scenarios depending on where they fall in the top five.