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Added January 26th, 2015 by Ian

Klay Thompson sets NBA record with 37 points in a quarter

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors was red hot for 12 minutes in his team’s 126-101 win over the Sacramento Kings on January 23rd and his play earned him a spot in the NBA record book. Thompson racked up 37 points in a quarter when he went 13 for 13 in shooting, and included nine three-pointers, which is also a new league record for a quarter. He also added a couple of three throws into the mix during the third-quarter outburst.

Thompson wasn’t too bad during the rest of the contest either as he finished it with 52 points, for his new career high in front of close to 20,000 fans at the Oracle Arena. The win improved the Warriors record to 35-6 on the season as the team proved once again that it’s one of the best in the league. The victory was Golden State’s 18th in a row at home, which sets a new franchise record. The club also became the 10th in league history to win 35 games by the halfway mark of a season.

The old record for points by a player in a quarter was 33 and it was set by Carmelo Anthony back in 2008 as a member of the Denver Nuggets. The previous high mark for three-pointers in a quarter was eight, which was set by Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets in 2013. Thompson is hoping to join his teammate Stephen Curry and Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr at the annual All-Star game on February 15 at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden

During one stretch of the game against Sacramento, Thompson managed to score 19 straight points. His night ended with 9:28 left in the game when he left the court to a rousing standing ovation. It’s quite possible that he would have ended up with several more points on the night if Kerr had left him in the match. He finished the outing going 11 for 15 in three-pointers and 16 for 25 from the floor. The last time the Warriors won at least 35 games before the NBA All-Star game was back in 1975/76 when they were the league’s defending champions. The club was 35-13 at the All-Star break that season and finished the campaign with a franchise record 59 wins and 23 losses.

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