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Klay Thompson Sets NBA Record with 37 Points in Quarter: Stat Line and Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2015

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Klay Thompson broke the NBA record for most points in a quarter on Friday night in a 126-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings, dropping an unbelievable 37 points in the third quarter.

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:

NBA @NBA

Klay Thompson sets an NBA RECORD w/ 37 Points in just ONE Quarter (50 Total)- It's madness at the Oracle! http://t.co/FT67skYV7p

Warriors PR @WarriorsPR

Klay Thompson has scored the most points in a quarter in Warriors franchise history (37), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain's 31 on 3/2/62.

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:

Tyler Conway @jtylerconway

Here's Klay Thompson's third-quarter shot chart in case you don't know what "made every shot" looks like http://t.co/WySI2RTcjb

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:

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Best performance I've ever seen in my 27 years of announcing in the NBA. Klay Thompson with 37 points in the 3rd quarter! Truly amazing!!

Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group joked that Thompson might as well end his career now:

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe

If I'm Klay, I'd be considering leaving my jersey and shoes at half court and walking out

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:

Golden State Warriors @warriors

KLAY 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/RNZVWoNm0I

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:

Mike Trudell @MikeTrudell

Here's dad Mychal Thompson watching his son Klay drop an NBA record 37 points in one quarter on the LAL team plane: http://t.co/ebnR9N4h3R

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:

Steve Noah @Steve_OS

Klay Thompson looking at the stat sheet. http://t.co/DWujhUoKgt

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:

Chris Herring @Herring_NBA

This is as good a time as any to acknowledge I was pretty damn wrong about GSWs decision to keep/max Klay as opposed to dealing him for Love

Thompson scored 52 points in the game on 16-of-25 shooting. He also had five assists and four steals.

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