What we learned from Klay’s 12 3-pointers in the win vs. OKC originally appeared nbc sports birea
SAN FRANCISCO — When one Splash Brother goes down, another must come up. klay thompson did more than that monday night Warrior’s‘ on a 141-114 blowout win oklahoma city thunder,
Thompson had Net Taking the plunge in front of his home fans, he scored 27 points in the first half. Nothing was forced and efficiency was on display. The flamethrower finished with 42 points on 15-for-22 shooting and 12-for-16 from downtown.
Plus, what started out as a one-man show ended up being a collective team effort. Jordan Poole In his first game since, the Warriors did exactly what was asked of him. steph curry went down due to a lower left leg injury, scoring 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting to go along with a career-high 12 assists.
Andrew Wiggins Was active throughout the game, adding 18 points and was plus-25 in plus/minus.
Overall, this should be a game to remember for the Warriors, who are now 8-8 without Curry this season.
Here are three takeaways from the Warriors as they improve to 28-26 on the season.
kale caught fire
Thompson has put together some strong first quarters this season. However, what he did on Monday night was of a whole different level. As both teams traded buckets, Klay caught fire from the start.
he scored 18 points in the first quarter Alone, going 7-for-10 from the field and 4-for-5 from the deep. And he was just getting started. Thompson scored another nine points in the second quarter, giving him 27 points in the first half, while shooting 10-for-14 overall and 7-for-9 on 3-pointers. This gave him the most points in a half since 2019.
Did the halftime break slow him down? no way.
Coming out of the break, Thompson opened the third quarter with back-to-back threes.
Klay ended up playing 33 total minutes and scored 27 points in the first half and 15 in the second. His 12 3-pointers are the second most of his career and only two from his NBA record of 14 in a Gem.
With Curry relegated to the sidelines, the spotlight shone brightest on the pool. he answered the call Monday night in major ways.
Scoring has never been an issue for the 23-year-old guard. Whenever Curry has missed a game, Poole has easily scored more than 20 points. In the 15 games Curry missed this season before the Warriors’ win against the Thunder, Poole averaged 27.7 points and 4.2 assists.
But also 4.9 turnovers.
Their turnover has cost the Warriors many times. Although not this time.
Poole did not turn the ball over until seven minutes remained in the third quarter. By that time he already had nine assists. Before the third quarter ended, he had already tied his career high of 11 assists. He finished with a new career-high 12 assists and four turnovers.
This was the blueprint for what Poole could do on a nightly basis when Curry recovered.
a very happy birthday
sometimes it seems kevon looney until Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green, The Veterans Center plays an old-school game and positions itself like a wise elder. On Monday, he also celebrated his 27th birthday, a number that seems too small.
Looney celebrated in style, too, with his latest example of why he’s so important to the Warriors.
Steve Kerr said after the Warriors’ win on Saturday night against dallas mavericks Looney, who started and scored 10 points to go along with seven rebounds, will remain in the starting lineup. so much for that.
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instead, Jonathan Kuminga The Warriors were inserted into the starting five and Looney came off the bench. Looney grabbed 11 rebounds off the bench to lead the Warriors and was plus-21.
He’s a winner in every sense, and played a big role in helping the Warriors improve to three games over .500 before flying to Portland.