Klay Thompson Breaks NBA Playoff Record with 11 3-Pointers vs. Thunder

Brian MarronFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 28:  Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 28, 2016 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors salvaged their historic season Saturday thanks in large part to Klay Thompson, who set an NBA playoff record with 11 trifectas, per ESPN Stats & Info

Thompson went 11-of-18 from long distance to finish with 41 points. His Warriors came back to win 108-101 over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.

According to Golden State's public relations department, Thompson passed some of the game's great shooters en route to setting the record:

Here is a look at Thompson's record-breaking shot, courtesy of the Warriors' Twitter account:

ESPN.com's Marc Stein doesn't think Thompson receives enough credit for his play:

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith also praised the 26-year-old: 

The Ringer's Bill Simmons chipped in as well, saying Saturday's game could go down as one for the ages:

The difference in the game was the play of Thompson and his backcourt mate Stephen Curry, as the Big Lead's Jason McIntyre noted near the end of its conclusion:

The two-time All-Star was pivotal in Golden State's 73-win regular season. He averaged 22.1 points per game while hitting 42.5 percent of his threes. Thompson also won the NBA's three-point contest during All-Star Weekend in Toronto.

There would be no impending Game 7 without Thompson's heroics, which were especially impressive considering they came on the road. The Warriors will have the momentum heading back home for Monday's showdown with a bid to the NBA Finals on the line. 

 

All statistics are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.