Kobe Versus Klay: A Tale of Two 60s

On December 5, 2016, on an otherwise ordinary night of NBA action, Klay Thompson dropped 60 points in less than 30 minutes of playing time, becoming the first player in 30 years to do so. It’s not the first time Klay suddenly combusted during a game—his 37-point single-quarter outburst against the Sacramento Kings last year comes to mind. But 60? In under 30 minutes?? That’s efficiency on another level.

Which got us thinking: How would Klay Thompson’s super efficient, no-waste 60 look in comparison to a similar-yet-much less economic performance? More specifically, how would Thompson’s effort look when compared to Kobe Bryant’s 60-point, 50-shot mid-April swan song? We all know Kobe never had a problem living up to his stereotype, but apparently neither does Klay. How different were their performances? Find out below.

Klay Thompson Shot Chart

FGA: 33
FGM: 21
FG%: 63.6
3PA: 14
3PM: 8
3P%: 57.1
FTA: 11
FTM: 10
Rebounds: 2
Assists: 1
Blocks: 0
Steals: 0
Turnovers: 0

Kobe Bryant Shot Chart

FGA: 50
FGM: 22
FG%: 44.0
3PA: 21
3PM: 6
3P%: 28.6
FTA: 12
FTM: 10
Rebounds: 4
Assists: 4
Blocks: 1
Steals: 1
Turnovers: 2

Percentage of Team’s Points

Klay Thompson

Kobe Bryant

19 FGA @ 44% = 16.72 points
14 3PA @ 28.6% = 12.01 points
11 FTA @ 83.3% = 9.16 points

Klay Thompson would’ve finished with 37.89 POINTS.

If Kobe Had Shot Klay’s Percentage

29 FGA @ 63.6% = 36.88 points
21 3PA @ 57.1% = 35.97 points
12 FTA @ 90.9% = 10.91 points

Kobe Bryant would’ve finished with 83.76 POINTS.

Scoring by Quarter

Klay Thompson

1st—17
2nd—23
3rd—20
4th—0

Kobe Bryant

1st—15
2nd—7
3rd—15
4th—23

Advanced Stats

Kobe Bryant

In-Game Sneakers

Klay Thompson

Kobe Bryant

 

Margin of Victory

Klay Thompson

Golden State Warriors: 142
Indiana Pacers: 106
Margin: +36

Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers: 101
Utah Jazz: 96
Margin: +5

source: complex.com BY

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