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”.
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.