Klay Thompson.

Klay Thompson made NBA playoff history in big scoring night

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Playing alongside a man who has taken the art of three-point shooting to new heights in recent seasons, it is sometimes easy to overlook the downtown shooting talents of Klay Thompson.

While Stephen Curry may have led everyone else with 402 made three-pointers in the regular season, his fellow Splash Brother came in second with a more than respectable 276 shots from

And, with Curry still out with a knee injury at present, it is actually Thompson who, following his performance in last night's 118-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, has set an NBA playoff record in the three-point department.

Thompson's 37 point haul in game one of the Warriors' Western Conference semi finals series included seven successful three-point shots.

Having made seven threes in both of Golden State's previous two playoff games, the 26-year-old is the first player in NBA history to record seven-plus three-pointers in three straight postseason games.

Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors - Game One

According to ESPN Stats & Info's official Twitter account, the previous record of 20 three-pointers in a three-game span was held by none other than Thompson's MVP teammate:

Thompson has certainly risen to the challenge of playing without his All-Star backcourt partner in recent games. 

Stepping up

Since Curry went down with an MCL injury in game four of the Dubs' first-round series against the Houston Rockets, Thompson has scored 27 and 37 points respectively in the two games since, and he has been locked in from beyond the arc.

Over the past three outings, Thompson has made 21-of-36 three-point attempts. The Warriors' opponents in that same period - the Rockets and the Trail Blazers - are just 21-of-90.

The two-time All-Star was the catalyst on Sunday night as Golden State led from tip to buzzer against Portland. Thompson scored four of his seven three-pointers in the first quarter alone and ultimately ended up with a career postseason high of 37 points.

Aided by a triple-double from teammate Draymond Green, the Warriors are proving wrong those who doubted their ability to win postseason games sans Curry.

Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors - Game One

Thompson's ability to keep opponents honest with his relentless scoring from beyond the arc is certainly one of the factors behind the reigning champion's ability to cope with Curry's absence. 

With his fellow Splash Bro already ruled out of Tuesday night's game two, Thompson may just have to extend his record to four straight games with seven or more threes if GSW is to take a 2-0 series lead.

Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Klay Thompson
NBA Playoffs
Portland Trail Blazers
Northwest Division

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