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Klay Thompson Scores 54 in Thrilling Double Overtime Victory

03 January 2023, Tuesday
After a thrilling double overtime victory, the Golden State Warriors learned plenty as Klay Thompson went off for 54 points. The veteran guard put on an offensive display, going 19-of-29 from the field, 8-of-14 from beyond the arc, and knocking down all eight of his free throw attempts.
Thompson’s performance was one for the ages as he scored 18 points in the fourth quarter alone to put the team in a position to win. He connected on several key shots to extend the game including a three-pointer in the dying seconds of regulation time.

The Warriors were also on the receiving end of some great contributions from the rest of the team. Alec Burks stepped up late in the contest, scoring a season-high 32 points, while Ky Bowman and Damion Lee each added 11 points.

On the defensive end, the Warriors did a great job of limiting the Chicago Bulls’ offensive production. The team held the Bulls to just 41.3 percent shooting and forced them into 17 turnovers.

The win was a huge one for Golden State and a testament to the resilience of the team. The Warriors showed that they can still find a way to win even when their back is against the wall. This was a great learning experience for the team and could certainly prove to be a turning point in the season.

The Warriors got off to a strong start to 2023 just as they had in 2022, however they struggled to keep it going. Despite leading by as many as 21 points at one point, the game ended up tied at the end of regulation due to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Donte DiVincenzo. After two overtime periods, Kevon Looney beat the buzzer with a game-winning shot, granting the Warriors a dramatic 143-141 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in double overtime.

Klay Thompson brought the house down at Chase Center, dropping 54 points - the second-highest tally of his career, and his highest since his two severe leg injuries. He shot an impressive 21-of-39 from the field and 10-of-21 from beyond the arc, while also grabbing seven rebounds.

On a night where the Warriors (20-18) were morethan shorthanded, Anthony Lamb was the first playeroff their bench. He certainly made his presence felt,scoring 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists.

Jordan Poole, the Warriors highest scorer of the night,put forth a valiant effort despite an inefficient shooting night. He finished the game with 28 points, an ugly 11-for-31 from the field and 2-for-12 from deep, to go along with six turnovers.

Here are three takeaways from the Warriors' fifth consecutive win.

Without Steph Curry and Andrew Wiggins in the line-up, the Warriors have found success in relying on Klay Thompson to play a full first quarter. This strategy has been working well for the Warriors, allowing them to accumulate points on the scoreboard.

Through the first 12 minutes of Monday night's game, Klay Thompson was sizzling. He managed to score 16 points on a 6-for-9 shooting performance from the field and a 4-for-6 record from three-point range. This kind of early-game hot streak has been a common occurrence for Klay over his last three games.

Thompson has demonstrated remarkable consistency in the first quarter of his last three games, with 14, 15 and 16 points scored respectively against the Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers and Atlanta Hawks. Amidst this impressive streak, Thompson has shown no signs of impatience, instead opting for efficient shooting to make the most of his scoring opportunities. His total of 45 first-quarter points in the last three games is indicative of his impressive form.
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