NBA: Stellar Performance by Klay Thompson Helps Warriors Even Series Against Lakers

Stellar Performance by Klay Thompson Helps Warriors Even Series Against Lakers

On Thursday night at the Chase Center, the Warriors defeated the Lakers 127-100 with Klay Thompson’s steller performance.

The Golden State let Game 1 slip away from them on Tuesday night.

Klay Thompson made certain that this would not happen again.

Klay Thompson scored 30 points and made eight 3-pointers to lead the Warriors against the L.A Lakers 127-100 in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Thursday night at the Chase Center in San Francisco. Thompson’s sixth career playoff game included at least eight 3-pointers, the most in NBA history.

Golden State Steals Game 2 with Thompson’s Hot Hand and Lockdown Defense on Davis

After holding off Golden State in a tense Game 1, thanks to a big night from Anthony Davis, the Lakers got off to a good start on Thursday night. They jumped off to a 7-point lead after the first 12 minutes, hitting five 3-pointers. That’s when everything went wrong.

Golden State started the second quarter on a 14-4 surge before outscoring the Lakers by 18. Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 30 points in the first half, hitting five 3-pointers to derail the Lakers’ momentum utterly. Most importantly, Golden State stopped Davis in the first 24 minutes. Davis was held to only four points in the first half after scoring 30 points and collecting 23 rebounds in Game 1.

Warriors Crush Lakers with Record-Breaking Performance in Game 2

Their dominance did not end there. By the end of the 3rd quarter, the Warriors had extended their lead to 30 points and had scored 110 points in total. That was the most points ever scored in a playoff game against the Lakers.

It was far too late by then. The Warriors cruised to a 27-point victory, tying the series before it moves to Los Angeles.

James ended the game with 23 points after having 21 at halftime. His only basket in the second half came on a mid range jumper early in the third quarter. He ended with 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a 10-of-18 field goal percentage. Davis ended with 11 points and 7 rebounds, while Rui Hachimura contributed 21 points off the bench.

Warriors Look to Extend Dominance in Game 3 Against Lakers

Adding to Thompson’s 30-point performance was Stephen Curry’s 20 points and 12 assists. The Warriors had a team total of 21 three-pointers (50%) and shot 50.0% from the field. JaMychal Green scored 15 points after starting in place of Kevon Looney, while Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green each chipped in 11. Looney, who came off the bench due to sickness, scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in just 12 minutes of action. He has four games with at least 20 boards thus far in the playoffs.

Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC), Game 3 of the series will take place at Arena in Los Angeles. If Golden State continues to play like they did on Thursday night, and they continue to make Davis a non-factor, the Warriors may have an easy time advancing to the Western Conference finals series for the seventh time in the last nine seasons.

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