Klay Thompson followed in the footsteps of Golden State Warriors team-mate Steph Curry by breaking an NBA three-point record as the Chicago Bulls were dispatched on Monday night.
Curry had recently claimed five three-pointers in seven successive matches but Thompson knocked down a record 14 three-pointers in one game as Warriors secured a 149-124 victory.
Top of the Western Conference, Warriors are now on a five-game winning streak, with the Bulls languishing towards the foot of the Eastern Conference.
Denver Nuggets remain closest to the Warriors after a narrow 116-111 win against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Nikola Jokic was the standout player for the Nuggets, the Serb claiming 12 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.
Toronto Raptors were the latest team to be swept aside by the Milwaukee Bucks, who sit top of the Eastern Conference with seven wins from seven and remain the only unbeaten team in the NBA this year.
A 124-109 win for the Bucks means they are enjoying their best start to a season since 1971/72.
LeBron James top-scored for the Los Angeles Lakers – but their poor start to the Western Conference continued with a 124-120 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Meanwhile the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Indiana Pacers 103-93 and the San Antonio Spurs were successful against Texan rivals Dallas Mavericks, winning 113-108.
Elsewhere in the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia 76ers beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-92 while Willie Cauley-Stein’s 26 points helped Sacramento Kings to a 123-113 victory over Miami Heat and the New York Knicks picked up a second win of the season as they saw off the Brooklyn Jets 115-96.
It wasn’t one of LeBron’s best performances – he finished with 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting to go with 10 assists and seven rebounds – but he produced a few highlight plays as usual.
Check out a couple of James’ best moments from the game in the video below, including a self alley-oop off the glass.
It was the sixth time in Curry’s career that he had passed the 50-point mark, and the 10th time he had scored 10 or more 3-pointers, with Kevin Durant adding 30 points.
The win took the Warriors’ early-season record to 4-1.
“He was, I don’t even know how to describe what I witnessed tonight, amazing, video-game stuff,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Nobody has ever done what he is doing.”
Curry said: “It’s just one of those nights you just have so much fun playing the game. Taking some dare shots and trying to sustain that for as long as I’m out there on the floor.”
LeBron James tasted victory for the first time as a Los Angeles Lakers player as they overcame the Phoenix Suns 131-113 in Arizona.
James managed 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds before sitting out the final quarter.
“It feels great to win, period,” he said. “But it feels good for us to know that what we have been doing over training camp and these first few games of the season that we are continuing to get better.
“We got better tonight and we are going to try and continue that going forward.”
The Toronto Raptors’ flying start to the season continued as they went 5-0 by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-105.
Kawhi Leonard led all scorers for the Raptors with 35 points but also shone defensively, regaining possession with a ‘no-look’ interception to stop a pass from Gorgui Dieng reaching Jimmy Butler.
The Milwaukee Bucks have four wins from four as they beat the Philadelphia 76ers 123-108.
Giannis Antetokounmpo equalled a record set by Wilt Chamberlain from 1965-66 by scoring 25 or more points and claiming 15 or more rebounds in each of the first four games of the season.
Donovan Mitchell scored 38 points as the Utah Jazz beat the Houston Rockets 100-89, with James Harden leaving the game early due to a hamstring injury for the Texans.
The Atlanta Hawks overcame the Dallas Mavericks 111-104, the Cleveland Cavaliers slumped to a fourth straight loss by going down 102-86 to the Brooklyn Nets, the Miami Heat beat the New York Knicks 110-87 and the Chicago Bulls edged past the Charlotte Hornets 112-110.
The Indiana Pacers were too strong for the San Antonio Spurs as they ran out 116-96 winners in Texas and the Sacramento Kings were 97-92 winners over the Memphis Grizzlies.