PORTLAND — Klay Thompson was reminded after the Warriors’ victory over the Kings on Friday how close he was to making 300 three-pointers in a season for the first time.
He needed just five runs from deep, with just one game left in the regular season.
“That’s great,” Thompson said. “I mean, how many guys have done that in the history of the game?” I’m not really going to shoot for it.
“Well, I’m going to shoot for it,” he said with a smile.
And that’s what he did on Sunday – and in a hurry.
Playing in front of a dozen or more friends and family, Thompson buried five three-pointers in the first five minutes of Sunday’s game against the Trail Blazers, making him only the third player in NBA history to make 300 in a season. Thompson joined Stephen Curry, who has done it four times, and James Harden, who has done it once.
Thompson has been in tears lately. On Sunday, it was the seventh straight game in which he shot down at least five 3s, tying the fourth-longest streak in NBA history, according to the Warriors.
Thompson had 17 points on 6 of 8 shootings (5 of 7 from beyond the arc) before checking out at 6:59 in the first quarter.
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