The three-pointer from Klay Thompson seemed inconceivable. A quick, running, turnaround jumper, by any fundamental definition of basketball, is poor shot selection. But this is Klay Thompson against the Indiana Pacers. And those shots, for whatever reason, are never out of Thompson’s range or desire.
So Thompson, in the midst of absolutely torching the Pacers in the second quarter, ran to the corner in front of the Golden State Warriors’ bench. In one fluid motion, Thompson caught the ball and rose above Monta Ellis, the Pacers defender he embarrassed the most Monday, and flicked his right wrist.
With a collective roar, the sellout crowd inside Oracle Arena produced a crescendo of applause for one the greatest shooters in NBA history. Thompson’s three-pointer swished through the net and an unforgettable performance had its finest moment.