Thompson went 11-of-18 from long distance to finish with 41 points. His Warriors came back to win 108-101 over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.
According to Golden State's public relations department, Thompson passed some of the game's great shooters en route to setting the record:
Warriors PR @WarriorsPR
Klay Thompson joins Ray Allen (twice), Vince Carter, Rex Chapman and Jason Terry as the only players to hit nine threes in a playoff game.2016-5-29 03:10:18
Here is a look at Thompson's record-breaking shot, courtesy of the Warriors' Twitter account:
🔥🔥🔥 NBA-Playoff record 10th 3-pointer in this game by @KlayThompson 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/j7fqZLRwIP2016-5-29 03:24:42
ESPN.com's Marc Stein doesn't think Thompson receives enough credit for his play:
Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine
Klay Thompson: Most underrated player in the NBA2016-5-29 03:23:54
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith also praised the 26-year-old:
Stephen A Smith @stephenasmith
Klay Thompson. The best 2-way player in the game.2016-5-29 03:22:27
The Ringer's Bill Simmons chipped in as well, saying Saturday's game could go down as one for the ages:
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
So... do you think this has a chance to go down as the Klay Thompson Game? It's in play!2016-5-29 03:11:29
The difference in the game was the play of Thompson and his backcourt mate Stephen Curry, as the Big Lead's Jason McIntyre noted near the end of its conclusion:
Jason McIntyre @jasonrmcintyre
Stephen Curry: 29 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists. Klay Thompson: 39 points, 11 three-pointers Westbrook & Durant: 20-for-61!!!!!!!!!!!2016-5-29 03:38:18
The two-time All-Star was pivotal in Golden State's 73-win regular season. He averaged 22.1 points per game while hitting 42.5 percent of his threes. Thompson also won the NBA's three-point contest during All-Star Weekend in Toronto.
There would be no impending Game 7 without Thompson's heroics, which were especially impressive considering they came on the road. The Warriors will have the momentum heading back home for Monday's showdown with a bid to the NBA Finals on the line.
All statistics are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.