Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are two of the best shooters in the history of the NBA. Both of them just so happen to be on the same team as well. The Golden State Warriors have been one of the top teams in the NBA for the past few years, winning three championships in five years.
Curry and Thompson have also set numerous NBA records throughout their NBA careers. During the 2018-19 season, Curry helped Thompson break his own 3-point record, and it was a sight to see.
The Warriors 2018-19 season
The Warriors came into the 2018-19 season looking to win a third straight NBA title. With players like Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant, the Warriors dominated throughout the regular season. The team finished with a 57-25 record and were first in the Western Conference.
The Warriors set a franchise record winning 50 or more games during the regular season for the sixth straight season. They made the playoffs for seven straight seasons, and there was one goal for the team, and that was getting back to the NBA Finals. During the playoffs, the team dominated throughout the playoffs making the NBA Finals for the fifth straight time. The Warriors were looking to three-peat and become the first to do so since the Los Angeles Lakers did it from 2000 to 2002.
During the NBA Finals, the Warriors matched up against the Toronto Raptors. The Warriors were plagued with injuries throughout the playoffs and going into the finals. Durant went out with a calf strain during the Western Conference Semifinals and missed the entire Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Going into the finals, the Warriors were without Durant for a few games, and he ended up making a return, and things only got worse. He ruptured his Achilles on the same leg he injured in the Conference Semifinals. Thompson also went down in the finals with a torn ACL. The Warriors ended up losing 4-2 to the Raptors, and that ended the chance of a three-peat.
How Curry helped Thompson break his record
During the regular season, Klay Thompson set a new NBA record, which was previously held by Steph Curry. At the beginning of the 2018-19 season, the Warriors took on the Chicago Bulls, and Thompson had the hot hand that night. Curry noticed early on that Thompson was having a good shooting game. So, Curry made sure to continue to feed Thompson every chance that he could.
During that game, Thompson hit 14 3-pointers, which broke Curry’s record of 13. What was more impressive was that Thompson did it in just 26 minutes of playing time. He made 10 3-pointers in the first half alone. Thompson finished with 52 points shooting 14-for-24 from beyond the arc and 18-for-29 from the field. He left the game halfway through the third quarter. If he would have played any longer, he certainly could have made more 3-pointers and scored more points.
Thompson and Curry are two of the best shooters in the game
The Warriors have been one of the best shooting teams in the league for the past few seasons, and a big reason is Curry and Thompson. Curry is currently third on the list for made 3-pointers in NBA history with 2,495, and Thompson sits at No.18 with 1,798.
Curry and Thompson will be in the Basketball Hall of Fame when their careers are over. Having multiple players that shoot well from deep can help a team a lot, and the Warriors have benefitted from having both players on the team.