Through the first few days of NBA opening week, there were a plethora of options for the performance of the week. You had an amazing performance by the Philadelphia 76ers, who opened the season 2-0. You had a three-point onslaught by Steph Curry on Thursday night and a 42 point performance from Kevin Durant in the Thunder’s season opener — just to name a few.
But above all of those performers was one, Chris Paul. On Thursday night, he out-dueled Curry and the Warriors 126-115, but the best part of the night was Paul’s ridiculous stat line. The Clippers point guard finished with 42 points, (on 12-for-20 shooting), 15 assists and six steals in 37 minutes.
Here are two of his insane assists to Blake Griffin:
Here’s Paul dunking:
Here’s some historical significance to Paul’s performance, if you’re into that:
Chris Paul is first player w/ 40 Pts, 15 Ast & 5 Stl in one game since steals were 1st recorded in 1973-74 season (via @EliasSports).
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 1, 2013
It’s a clear choice. When Paul is playing like a top-3 player in this league, the Clippers are just that much better. On Thursday night, he played that way, and then some. He was just so efficient, precise and nearly mistake-free. So good.
If you care to watch the entire highlight reel between the Clippers and the Warriors, check it out here: