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Klay Thompson Named Western Conference Player of the Week
Warriors Guard is Only Player to Win Western Conference Weekly Honor Three Times This Season
Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been named the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 25, the NBA announced today. The award is Thompson’s third weekly honor of the season and his career, having been previously named Player of the Week for games played from Oct. 28 to Nov. 2 and from Jan. 5 to Jan. 11. Thompson is the first player in Warriors history to win the weekly award three times in a single season and is the only Western Conference player to earn the accolade on three occasions in 2014-15.
Thompson’s week was highlighted by an NBA-record 37-point third quarter on Jan. 23 vs. Sacramento in which he went a perfect 13-of-13 from the field and 9-of-9 from three-point range. Thompson eclipsed the previous league-record of 33 points in a quarter held by George Gervin (April 9, 1978) and Carmelo Anthony (Dec. 10, 2008), while topping Wilt Chamberlain’s franchise-mark of 31 points set in the fourth quarter of his NBA-record 100-point game on March 2, 1962. His nine threes in the frame set a new NBA record while his 13 field goals matched David Thompson’s mark set on April 9, 1978. The Washington State product finished the game with a career-high 52 points, tying a 2014-15 NBA single-game high (Mo Williams), while equaling a franchise record with 11 three-pointers, a mark Stephen Curry set in his career-high 54-point game on Feb. 27, 2013. Thompson became the first player to score 50-or-more in fewer than 33 minutes since Kobe Bryant did so on Dec. 20, 2005.
The fourth-year guard helped the Warriors to a 4-0 week with averages of 33.0 points (second in the NBA), 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.25 steals in just 29.8 minutes, hitting 56.4 percent from the field (44-of-78) and 55.3 percent from three-point range (21-of-38) with a league-high 5.3 threes per game. Thompson scored at least 22 points in all four games, closing the week with a 31-point performance on Jan. 25 vs. Boston to give him back-to-back 30-point games for the first time in his career, helping the Warriors extend their franchise-record home winning streak to 19 games and become the ninth team in NBA history to win 36 of their first 42 games in a season.
On the season, Thompson is averaging career highs of 22.8 points (tied for eighth), 3.0 assists, 1.29 steals and 0.95 blocks to go with 3.5 rebounds and 32.3 minutes in 41 games, hitting career marks of 48.1 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from three-point range (third) for the NBA-leading Warriors (36-6).
The award marks the 35th time a Warriors player has been named Player of the Week since the NBA began giving out the accolade in 1979. Thompson (three times) and Stephen Curry (once) have combined to win the award a franchise-record four times for the Warriors this season.
Cleveland’s LeBron James earned Player of the Week honors in the Eastern Conference.