What we learned as Klay lights up Kings in Warriors' win


SAN FRANCISCO -- Rest and playing Sacramento's defense is a healer for the soul. Just ask Klay Thompson. 

Already a Kings killer in the past, Thompson who last played three days ago, came out of the gates firing Thursday night at Chase Center in the Warriors' 126-114 win over the Kings, a victory that felt like a way bigger blowout than the final score. He tied a season-high of 23 points, and 20 of those came in the first half. His seven 3-pointers also were his most this season. 

Klay started off a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and 6-for-6 from long distance. He wound up going 8-for-11 from the field and 7-for-9 from deep. Thompson was a plus-20 in plus-minus. 

Not to be out-done by his backcourt mate and Splash Brother, all Steph Curry did was score 20 points and was a game-high plus-21. He dished seven assists and went 4-for-7 on attempts from long distance.

Jonathan Kuminga (18) and Damion Lee (14) combined for 32 points off the bench.

Kings rookie Davion Mitchell scored a career-high 26 points. That wasn't enough for the Kings. Clearly.

In the first half, Alvin Gentry gave minutes to eight Kings players -- four didn't score, including three of his starters. Steve Kerr played 10 Warriors in the first half and all 10 scored. It was one of those nights.

Here are three takeaways as the Warriors improved to 40-13 and the Kings fell to 19-35.

Klay Passes Kobe

Thompson grew up a huge Kobe Bryant fan. On Thursday night, he passed his idol in what he does best. 

With his sixth 3-pointer of the night, Thompson jumped Bryant for 20th on the NBA's all-time 3-pointers list. He's in just his ninth season, all with the Warriors. Kobe played 20 seasons, all with the Los Angeles Lakers -- the same franchise that Thompson's father, Mychal, won two championships with.

Bryant, in his two decades with the Lakers, made 1,827 3-pointers. Thompson now is at 1,829 and counting. 

Imagine if he didn't miss two and a half seasons to injuries. Klay will keep climbing up this list, and he should already be much higher.

Old Friend Alert 

The Warriors selected Damian Jones with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The most points he ever scored in a game for the Warriors was 13. He scored that many for Sacramento in the first half against Golden State. 

Jones finished the night with 17 points in 24 minutes off the bench. Now with his fifth team in the NBA, Jones might have finally found a home as a King. He has played in 34 games this season and was one of Sacramento's best players vs. his former team.

His 17 points were his third-most of the season.

Home-Court Advantage

Oracle Arena always will have a special place in the hearts of Warriors fans and past players.

There's no recreating the atmosphere from Oakland's hallowed grounds. Chase Center, however, is turning into an absolute home-court advantage. 

With Thursday night's win, the Warriors improved to a league-best 25-4 at home this season. The Phoenix Suns have the second-most home wins with 22. 

The Warriors are riding an eight-game win streak and six of those have been in front of their home fans. 

Never forget Oracle Arena. Keep packing Chase Center, making this a nightmare for the opposing team and a dream come true for all those involved with the Warriors.

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