Klay Thompson Historically Efficient in Warriors’ Blowout Vs. Lakers

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Klay Thompson made each of his first 10 3-pointers in Monday's one-sided win over the Los Angeles Lakers. He also broke a record in the process. 

His 10-for-10 start from beyond the arc was the hottest start from the outside by any player in NBA history, 

"I've never hit 10 [3-pointers] in a row in a game," Thompson told reporters in Los Angeles. "That was hard. That's hard to do. I thought I had 11 for a second, but that's basketball."

Thompson missed his 11th (and final) 3-point attempt, but was historically efficient against his father Mychal's old team. He finished the night with 44 points on 17-of-20 shooting from the field, and ESPN Stats and Info determined that Thompson's effective field goal percentage on Monday was the highest of any player who took at least 15 shots in a game. 

In all, Thompson shot 85 percent from the field and about 91 percent from beyond the arc. Thompson had never made more than 85 percent of his shots in a game where he attempted at least two, and had never made more than 90 percent of his 3-pointers in a game where he attempted more than five. 

Before Monday, no player had shot at both of those percentages in a game where they made multiple three-pointers. 

Thompson was asked whether the opponent -- the Lakers crushed the Warriors on Christmas -- played into his performance, and he admitted it played "a little bit" of a role. Thompson also pointed to the fact he was playing in front of his family in his hometown.

Other than that, though, Thompson said there wasn't exactly one factor he could point to and describe why he was "on one."

"It just happened to be one of those nights," Thompson said. "I think that's the best percentage I ever shot, [but] it just happened to be one of those nights, man. I can't explain."

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