The Splash Brothers put on a shooting display like only they can Saturday night in the Three-Point Contest. In the end, it was Klay Thompson who upended backcourt mate and reigning champ Steph Curry, becoming the first pair of teammates to win the contest in consecutive years. If that wasn’t honor enough, Thompson then received a blessing from the GOAT himself, Michael Jordan, to chase the ’96 Bulls’ single-season win record of 72-10. Via CSNBayArea:
“He said ‘Go ahead and go break the record,'” Thompson said after taking home the 3-Point Contest title.
“I still get starstruck when I see him,” Thompson continued. “I’m like, wow that’s the guy that everyone wanted to be growing up.”
It’s something Golden State has been on pace to do all season, and refreshingly enough, it’s a goal that the Warriors have collectively never once shied away from. Not that they needed any added incentive to reach that milestone, but receiving unbridled encouragement from one of the main proprietors of that remarkable achievement has to feel pretty good, nonetheless.
GSW is currently 48-4 going into the second half of the season, and they’ll need to go 25-5 the rest of the way to make it happen. It’s certainly not a given at this point, but the way the Warriors have played so far makes it feel increasingly likely that they’ll finish the season with the winningest record in NBA history.