Klay Thompson Breaks NBA Record With 37 Points in One Quarter
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson set an NBA record on Friday night with 37 points in one quarter, besting the old mark of 33 jointly held by Carmelo Anthony and George Gervin.
Thompson was lights out, making all 13 of his shots — including 11 three-pointers — during the third period of the Warriors' 126-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was in disbelief afterwards.
"I was one of the luckiest NBA players ever to play with Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, David Robinson and some of the greatest players ever," Kerr told ESPN. "As many spectacular things as Michael did, which he did nightly, I never saw him do that."
As the quarter drew on, it became clear that Thompson could not be stopped. Teammates began forcing him the ball, and he didn't disappoint.
"They just kept wanting to see the show," Thompson said. "That's what they kept telling me."
The 24-year-old from Los Angeles scored a career-high 52 total points in the game.
"It was kind of a blur," he said. "I wish I could go back and enjoy it some more, but moments like that go by really fast.
"You always dream about it, being a big-time scorer and a big-time player. It's crazy it's reality."
Everything appears to be going right for the Warriors, who are a league-best 35-6 at the midway point of the season. Thompson has continued his steady rise toward All-Star status, and it feels like lightyears ago that Golden State was trying to trade him for former Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love.
Luckily for the Warriors, the deal never went down, and their impressive backcourt of Thompson and league MVP favorite Stephen Curry is nearly impossible to shut down.
Try not to get goosebumps while watching Thompson's performance: