The Golden State Warriors shooting guard obtained the record by going 13-of-13 shooting, including 9-of-9 from three-point range. He single-handedly outscored the Kings by 15 points in the quarter:
While there has been some debate as to whether Thompson is worthy of an All-Star designation, even his biggest critics had to have been impressed with his performance on Friday.
Bleacher Report's Tyler Conway posted a photo of Thompson's third-quarter shot chart:
Thompson spoke about his record-setting night after the game.
"I can't believe I own an NBA record," he told CSN Bay Area, via Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver. "God is good. I'm so blessed to be here and healthy. Hopefully it stands for a long time. That was crazy. I don't know what happened. I've never shot like that."
Grant Napear, the Kings' play-by-play announcer, had never seen anything like it:
Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group joked that Thompson might as well end his career now:
With each bucket, the fans inside Oracle Arena grew more frenzied. The Warriors posted a Vine of their reaction after one of Thompson's three-pointers:
Thompson's father, Mychal, wasn't able to see his son's incredible performance live, but he did catch it while flying on the Los Angeles Lakers' team plane, per Mike Trudell of Lakers.com:
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr sat down the 24-year-old early in the fourth quarter, which allowed the 2-guard to take a gander at his impressive stat line, per Steve Noah of Operation Sports:
The game vindicated Golden State for opting not to trade Thompson for Kevin Love in the offseason. Many questioned whether the team was right to value Thompson over Love.
Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal was one of those skeptics who is now eating his words:
Thompson scored 52 points in the game on 16-of-25 shooting. He also had five assists and four steals.