Earlier this year, a Golden State Warrior broke another record. Klay Thompson who had been in struggling to make shots so far this year, set a new NBA single-game record with 14 3-pointers en route to 52 points. And whose record did he break? His teammate, Steph Curry. Curry previously held the record with 13 3’s.
While all the stats from the game are impressive…
-92 points at halftime
-149 points for the game
-Klay with 14 3’s…52 points…all in 26 minutes (he didn’t play the 4th quarter)
-Durant posting a +45 plus/minus
-Curry had 23 points on 78% shooting
-Warriors make 24 3’s in game
All of this coming on the heels of 2 amazing performances in the previous week. Two games previous, it was Steph Curry filling the highlight reel when he scored 51 points in 3 quarters versus the Washington Wizards. That same night, Durant posted 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists on 72% shooting. Then the very next game, it was Durant pouring in 41 points in the Garden versus the Knicks, with 25 points coming in the 4th quarter.
There is no doubt the Warriors are stupid talented. On any given night, they have 3 guys that can go get 40+ points…and that doesn’t even include Draymond Green who can dominate the game in every other facet of the game, while sacrificing scoring. The cherry on top of this cake is the bench players buying into their role and doing whatever is needed to win.
But what the most impressive thing about the Warriors, and at the top of the list of things that truly make them great is the team chemistry. They don’t just co-exist with each other the way many superstars do. They aren’t out there trying to out-do each other. They don’t compete with each other for attention or the spotlight. Instead they compete for each other. This is ultimately what separates them from the rest.
Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
The Warriors are the embodiment of this. And you don’t have to look any further than the last several games to see it.
The night where Curry scored 51 points against the Wizards, Durant posted 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists on 13-of-18 shooting…and yet, all second half Durant was going out of his way to get Curry the ball.
Against the Bulls, it was Curry looking to set setting screens for Klay despite a hot start. It was Durant, coming off a 41-point night against the Knicks who put scoring aside and finished the game with 8 assists.
But in case you needed visual proof…here is a picture from the record breaking 14th made 3-pointer.
That’s the guy who previously held the record celebrsting his teammate breaking his record. According to Klay, Steph told him at halftime to “Go get it [the record].” How many guys would want their record to be broken, let alone by a teammate?
Andrew Bogut, former teammate of Klay Thompson and Steph Curry tweeted: “A true mark of a good team/teammate, and a good person/people; genuine joy when someone else has a better performance than you, but the team still wins. Few teams and few star players have it. Joy to watch.”
The Warriors truly enjoy playing together. The Warriors organization slogan is “Strength in Numbers,” and they certainly buy into this notion that individual success is just a byproduct of team success. This is something many other organizations are trying to emulate, but difficult to replicate.