Thompson felt 'moments of euphoria' as he led Warriors to big Lakers win
Klay Thompson felt "moments of euphoria" as his impressive performance led the Golden State Warriors to a 127-100 win over the Lakers in the NBA playoffs.
Golden State levelled their second-round series at 1-1 on Thursday, as Thompson thrived by scoring 30 points in a display that included eight 3-pointers.
The hot-shooting Warriors bounced back from Tuesday’s close Game 1 loss to recapture the momentum ahead of Game 3 in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Golden State shot over 50 percent overall and set an NBA record for the most 3-pointers in the first two games of a playoff series with 42.
And Thompson now has 12 playoff games where he has made at least seven 3-pointers, giving him an NBA record.
"These are moments you work for," Thompson said after the game, per NBC Sports.
"You might not see them all the time when you're in the gym, when you're conditioning, running a thousand miles.
"Those short moments of euphoria and that flow state where you just feel like you can't miss, make all those hard days more than worth it.
"I was just trying to get the crowd going, and it's always fun when you shoot the ball well. But it's even better when you couple that with a win."
Thompson was visibly animated in the closing stages of the game, often shouting and jumping in delight as he converted shot after shot.
He was 8-of-11 from 3-point range and 11-of-18 shooting, with 14 of his points coming in a third quarter that the Warriors dominated 43-24 to end any hopes of a Lakers comeback.
"Sometimes when you are out there and you're having fun, things just come about without intention or thought," explained Thompson.
"I think I was saying something along the lines of probably a few cuss words I'm not proud of. But those are the moments I feel the best as an athlete - when you feel like you're just clicking with your game, it’s just effortless."
Thompson had 25 points in Game 1, but shot only 9-of-25 in the opener.
"I relaxed a little bit more," Thompson said about his improvement in Game 2.
"I was not happy with my Game 1 performance. Shot the ball very inefficiently and probably rushed some shots. So I just let it come to me. I was telling myself to stay patient and it paid dividends."
Draymond Green came up just short of a triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. He relished seeing his fellow four-time NBA champion Thompson thrive.
"I just knew he was locked in," said Green. "He was really p****d off with our [Game 1] performance and he was dialled in coming in.
"When he's getting great looks like that, we know he's one of the best shooters to ever play this game."
Stephen Curry had 20 points and 12 assists, while JaMychal Green added 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting in his first playoff start since 2019.