How did Klay Thompson respond to inking a four-year $70 million dollar extension with the Golden State Warriors? By erupting for 41 points on 77% from the field, including 5-7 from behind the arc in a 127 to 104 trouncing of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Steph Curry added 31 points for the Warriors who picked up where they left off in pre-season when they lambasted the Lakers in two shooting exhibitions. Kobe Bryant scored 28 points but wasn’t as efficient as Thompson, who obviously had something prove against the future Hall-of-Fame shooting guard after getting big money.
Jordan Hill had 23 points, and backup big man Ed Davis added 13. But the Lakers were once again ineffective on defense, surrendering a season high 127 points.
The Lakers will try to avoid an 0-5 start when they face the Phoenix Suns Tuesday at Staples Center.
Jordan Hill averaged a career high 9.7 points and 7 rebounds a game.
After dropping from 253 pounds to 240 this past summer, Hill, 27, has been the starting center thus far in camp.
The Lakers were unable to woo Carmelo Anthony from New York, and lost Pau Gasol to Chicago, paving the way for Hill to earn a hefty $9 million contract.
“I take pride in that they wanted me back and were willing to pay to have me back,” he said. “It’s a good feeling. It built up my confidence.”
Although he played well in stints, Hill averaged only 20 minutes a game last season. He played with energy, but seemed to get fatigued down the stretch. He mad adjustments during the off-season which he believes will help his stamina.
“I stopped drinking a lot,” Hill professed. “I don’t drink anymore, to tell you the truth. I got my body refreshed and I’m more energized. I’m recovering faster after practice. It feels real good.
“I made it a point to myself — it’s time to grow up. I wanted to help bring another ring here and I wanted to be a professional about it.”