At­tles adds to bas­ket of his­tory

The man who saw Wilt and Barry at their best wit­nesses Klay Thomas pop in 60.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Janie McCauley

oak­land, calif.» Al At­tles made all eight of his field-goal tries for 17 points for the Philadel­phia War­riors dur­ing Wilt Cham­ber­lain’s 100-point game on March 2, 1962. At­tles coached Rick Barry the day he scored 64 against Port­land on March 26, 1974.

He watched with a smile high above the Or­a­cle Arena floor on Mon­day night as Klay Thomp­son scored an NBA sea­son-high and ca­reer-best 60 points in three quar­ters for the Golden State War­riors in a 142-106 win against In­di­ana — the high­est War­riors scor­ing per­for­mance since Barry’s.

Not that you will ever find At­tles play­ing fa­vorites when it comes to spe­cial games by in­di­vid­ual play­ers. Don’t even try. He coached the War­riors to their first cham­pi­onship since mov­ing West in 1975, then Golden State won again 40 years later in 2015.

“I’ve seen a 100-point game,” At­tles said from his seat dur­ing a late time­out. “Rick was such a great player and he cared about win­ning. In or­der to score the num­ber of points he scored you have to have help from your team­mates. I try to look at them in­di­vid­u­ally be­cause once you start com­par­ing, some­one is al­ways go­ing to be No. 2. Let’s give him his credit.”

At­tles joked he passed to Cham­ber­lain for all those points. He ac­tu­ally had six as­sists, while Guy Rodgers had 20 of the team’s 39 over­all in the 169-147 win against the Knicks in Her­shey, Pa.

Golden State’s Klay Thomp­son puts up a shot against the In­di­ana Pac­ers on Mon­day in Oak­land, Calif. Ben Margot, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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