Stephen Curry compares Klay Thompson’s record-breaking performance to pitcher throwing a no-hitter
No one in the Golden State Warriors seemed more pump to see Klay Thompson bust out of a slump in such bombastic fashion than his own backcourt mate Stephen Curry. Despite Thompson being right in line to break his own record for most 3-pointers in a game, Curry didn’t say a thing to Thompson and just made his talking with the ball, looking to feed the hot hand with every chance he got until the 6-foot-7 marksman re-wrote the record books.
“It was like a pitcher throwing a no-hitter,” Stephen Curry said of the moments leading up to the second half, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “Like, you don’t really mention anything to him. It’s kind of just everybody else figuring out ways we’re going to keep feeding him the ball and running our offense to obviously cater to him to knock down shots.”
Curry has come utterly close to breaking the long-standing record of 12 through several seasons, ultimately doing so in 2016 against the New Orleans Pelicans, burying 13 trifectas. In similar fashion, Curry was also busting out of a mini slump, much like Thompson, coming off an 0-for-10 night against the Los Angeles Lakers three days before breaking the record.
“Records are obviously meant to be broken,” said Stephen Curry, who delivered the record-tying assist before Kevin Durant pitched in the helper for the record-breaking trey. “I’m just happy it’s my teammate and nobody else. And I got to witness it in person.”
Perhaps what’s most notable is the Warriors’ unselfishness in how they approached the moment. Curry took no shots in the second half, laser-focused on feeding Klay Thompson the basketball, while Durant only took one shot — an open three, which he buried with ease.
Thompson activating the Human Torch mode was largely due to his teammates actively seeking to set him up for great looks, with the game already out of hand after leading by 42 points at the half. Just like a pitcher approaching a no-hitter, the Warriors’ bench kept it quiet and let Klay Thompson ride out his adrenaline on the court with no interruptions, resulting in a night to remember.