With his teammates setting screens and looking for him on virtually every possession, Thompson broke Curry's National Basketball Association record by one with 14 3-pointers, sinking a record-tying 10 in the first half. He exulted and held up three fingers with each hand after his record-breaking 3-ball dropped through the net with 4:53 remaining in the third quarter. He celebrated with teammates as they headed to the sideline for a timeout, with the Warriors leading 113-69.
Fresh from blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals prior, Golden State was able to recruit Kevin Durant away from Oklahoma City. Phoenix had 107 in the first half of a 173-143 victory over Denver in 1990. Before Tuesday, he'd landed just five of 36 three-point attempts in seven games.
The highlights of the performance display an in-sync and supportive team having fun, and it is actually Curry who delivers the assist to Thompson for his 13th 3-pointer, which tied the record.
Through seven games, Thompson shot a mere 13.9 percent from deep. And he did it in just 26 minutes before sitting out the fourth quarter.
"I know the uptick isn't that great, but what goes with the teams shooting so many threes is it spreads your defense out", Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson said. Durant top-scored in three out of those four wins, averaging a scorching 33.3 points per game. "They came in sky-high with a ton of energy, played really well, and we were flat, right from the beginning".
"I'm just trying to help these guys enjoy every moment of what's happening to them".
Kerr will be hoping that this Curry-Durant comfort zone continues, and the Warriors have a chance to extend their winning run against the Chicago Bulls on Monday before returning to California for matches against the New Orleans Pelicans and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday and Friday.
Lou Williams added 17 points on his 32nd birthday for the Clippers, who had nine players in double-figures as they shot 54 per cent from the field, made 16-of-29 3-pointers, and outrebounded Washington 57-45.
"We're six games in". He also missed two in a row last week because of a bruised left knee.
The Bulls allowed the fifth-most points in team history and the most ever in a home game.
Bulls: Former Bulls C Joakim Noah got a standing ovation when he was shown on the video board late in the first half.