Klay Thompson splashes NBA record 14 3-pointers on Bulls in 149-124 Warriors routOctober 30, 2018
Everything you needed to know about the history-chasing Warriors’ unselfishness played out in full display as they set more records Monday night at the United Center.
Stephen Curry entered with an NBA record seven straight games with at least five 3-pointers.
And yet, throughout the Warriors’ 149-124 decimation of the Bulls, Curry barely looked for that shot. The entire team — so adept at sacrificing, so selfless for the greater good — focused its energy on the Klay Thompson Reclamation Project.
Thompson entered a very un-Thompsonlike 5-for-36 from 3-point range. With his teammates setting screens and looking for him on virtually every possession, Thompson broke Curry’s NBA record by one with 14 3-pointers, sinking a record-tying 10 in the first half.
Thompson scored 52 points in 27 minutes, including 36 in the first half, and exited to loud cheers from an opposing crowd. In one third-quarter stretch, with Thompson sporting a yellow headband to help close a cut made by an inadvertent elbow from a teammate, the Warriors passed up easier shots and sought him out in transition for three straight 3-point attempts.
Curry’s record streak of seven straight games with at least five 3s ended as he attempted just four, making two. He scored 23 points in 25 minutes. Draymond Green posted 11 assists in 25 minutes. Kevin Durant added 14 points in 28 minutes.
None of the Warriors’ Big Four played past the 4-minute mark of the third quarter.
The Warriors scored 92 points in the first half, the second most in a half in NBA history. In the first half, the Warriors shot 62 percent and sank 17 3-pointers, an NBA record. The Bulls trailed by 42 at halftime, tied for the fourth-largest deficit in league history.
The Bulls allowed their fifth-most points allowed in team history and the most ever in a home game.
One almost expected Joakim Noah, who sat in the Reinsdorfs’ suite and drew a standing ovation when shown on the video board, to run down and give a flagrant foul to somebody.
No wonder Warriors coach Steve Kerr cut right to the chase in his pregame remarks.
“We know we have a big talent advantage,” Kerr said.
The Warriors’ coach said this in a larger context — about not taking the Bulls for granted, about finishing their three-game trip without letting attention drift toward getting home, about focusing on their own play.
Mission accomplished as the Warriors improved their record against the Eastern Conference to an astounding 105-19 since 2014-15.
Zach LaVine’s 21 points led the Bulls.
“I’m just trying to help these guys enjoy every moment of what’s happening to them. Because it goes by fast. It doesn’t seem like 20 years have passed since the (Bulls’) ’98 championship,” Kerr said. “Life goes by fast. So you have to enjoy every minute. That’s what this year is about — enjoying our time together, hoping it continues.”