5 Quick Facts On Klay Thompson’s Lights-Out Third Quarter Last Night

01.24.15 3 years ago 29 Comments

Words By Derz

You’ve probably heard by now that Klay Thompson went absolutely bonkers last night against the Sacramento Kings.

With his team tied 58-58 two minutes into the third quarter, Klay drove the lane, rose up and knocked down a turnaround jumper. Watching that shot again now is like watching a different era in the NBA: there will now always be “Pre-37” and “Post-37”.

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With Dub Nation behind him, Klay ripped off his next 12 shots, including nine threes, to go a perfect 13-13 and 37 points in the quarter (he finished the game with 52). It could’ve easily been 39 points had the refs counted Klay’s outrageous heat-check continuation effort with time running down in the quarter. But let’s not be greedy. In a week where all we’ve heard about is deflated footballs, let’s all thank Klay for pumping some air back into the sports world.

— The previous high for the most points scored in a quarter was 33 by both George Gervin and Carmelo Anthony. By the way, in Kobe’s 81-point outing, his highest scoring quarter was 27. Wilt put up 31 points in a quarter during his 100-point game (with teammates unashamedly feeding him every possession).

— Here’s Klay’s shot chart for the third.

All green as in Klay was money no matter where he shot. Homie could’ve went in the stands and called a ridiculous HORSE shot and still probably hit it.

— Only one other Warrior scored a field goal in the quarter. Naturally, Klay assisted.

— Thompson averaged 2.34 points per shot in the third and is the first player in history to top 50 points in a game while attempting fewer than 26 shots and 12 free throws. Daryl Morey needs some time alone in the bathroom.

— Leave it to Klay’s Splash Brother Steph to encapsulate the moment perfectly.

Correction: Carmelo Anthony was omitted for also having scored 33 points in one quarter, tying him with George Gervin for the previous record.

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