Klay Thompson scores 60 points in 29 minutes — the most allowed by an individual in the Pacers’ 50-year history

For the Indiana Pacers, this season is all about celebrating 50 years in franchise history.

Never before had an individual scored more than 55 points on the Pacers, until Monday night (which spilled into Tuesday) in Oakland.

Klay Thompson tallied 60 points in a 142-106 win over the Pacers. [via @NBA]

Klay Thompson tallied 60 points in a 142-106 win over the Pacers. [via @NBA]

Then, Klay Thompson happened.

Thompson, Golden State Warriors’ third option, had 40 points by halftime and he exited the game at the 1:22 mark of the third quarter with a cool 60 points. At that point, it was Warriors 114, Pacers 79.

The Warriors (18-3), who recorded their 200th consecutive sellout at ORACLE Arena (19,596), crushed the Pacers (10-11), 142-106. That’s the most points the Pacers have yielded this season.

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Playing just 29:03 seconds, Thompson did it by shooting 64 percent from the field and sinking 10 of 11 free throw tries. He made 21 of 33 field goal attempts, including eight 3s on 14 attempts.

Also of note, all but one of his field goals was assisted on. In other words, his team set him up and he was in the right spot — and then knocked down the jumper.

As a team, the Warriors assisted on 85 percent of their shots, 45 of 54. In comparison, the Pacers recorded 20 assists on 35 field goals.

Thompson became just the third player to score 50 or more points so far this season. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook scored 51, and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis had 50.

He also joined Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry and Joe Fulks as the only Warriors ever to score 60 points in a game. It’s been 42 years since the Warriors had a player reach 60; Barry posted 64 points on March 26, 1974 against Portland.

On Nov. 21, the Warriors’ only visit to Indy this season, Thompson posted 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting.

The most any Pacers player has scored in franchise history was 57, by Reggie Miller against the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 28, 1992.

Single-Game Point Total Scored by a Pacers Opponent:
55: George Gervin, San Antonio, 1/23/80
54: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 4/12/15
53: Larry Bird at Boston, 3/30/83, Michael Jordan at Chicago, 4/12/87
52: Bernard King at New York, 11/24/84 Mo Williams, Minnesota, 1/13/15
51: Chris Webber at Sacramento, 1/5/01
50: John Williamson, New Jersey, 4/4/78

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