The Pac-12 is making its mark in the NBA playoffs.
On Monday, former Washington star Nate Robinson led the Chicago Bulls to a surprising Game 1 upset against the defending champion Miami Heat.
And Wednesday night, former Washington State star Klay Thompson played the best game of his life. He scored 34 points and collected 14 rebounds – both career highs – for the Golden State Warrior during a historic 100-91 victory over the San Antonio Spurs that tied their second-round series at one game apiece and snapped a 30-game losing streak in the Alamo City.
He also played outstanding defense against Spurs guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
It was a virtuoso performance from Thompson, who scored 29 points in the first half, converted 8 of 9 three-pointers and shot 13 of 26 from the field. The eight three-pointers were a franchise playoff record. Here’s video highlights of his big first half.
“Klay was unbelievable,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
Thompson’s display Wednesday rekindled memories of his dazzling 43-point performance in the 2011 Pac-10 Tournament against Washington.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— According to a USA Today report, Washington’s athletic department made more money than it spent in 2012. The USA Today database cites the Huskies generated $83 million in revenue while expenses were calculated at $74M.
— When news broke that Angelo Chol was leaving Arizona after two years, it was rumored he was transferring to San Diego State. The Arizona Daily Star confirmed those rumors. According to Chol’s high school coach Ollie Goulston, the 6-8 power forward received interest from 48 schools. However, he made just one visit and took a look at SDSU. That’s all it took for him to make his decision and return home where he played in high school. He’ll sit out next season and have two years remaining.
— Arizona State’s Evan Gordon is also leaving the Pac-12. The junior guard, who started 25 games last season in his first year with the Sun Devils, wants to transfer to a team closer to his hometown Indianapolis. He plans to graduate this summer, which would make him eligible to play next season. Gordon began his college career at Liberty.
— Cal has received an oral commitment from 2013 prospect Roger Moute a Bidias, a 6-7 forward from Cameroon. He’s the younger brother of former UCLA star Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
— Colorado landed the first major 2014 commit in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes received a verbal commitment from Dominique Collier, a 6-1 guard from Denver who is considered a four-star prospect by the major recruiting sites.
— New USC coach Andy Enfield is putting in 16-hour days and lives in a hotel next to the Galen Center. The man is committed to reviving a dormant Trojans men’s basketball team.
— Former UCLA recruit Allerick Freeman is going to Baylor.
— In his preseason top 40 list, Dick Vitale lists Arizona fourth, Arizona State 21, UCLA 27, Stanford 30, Colorado 38 and Oregon 40th.
— DirecTV is surging in subscriber growth without the Pac-12 Networks.