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Thompson's Historic Night Sinks Kings

Sets NBA Record With 37 Points in Third Quarter
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It’s Klay Thompson’s world, and we’re all just living in it. The Warriors recorded their 18th consecutive home victory with a 126-101 defeat of the Sacramento Kings, and Klay Thompson made it a night we will never forget. He scored 37 points in the third quarter alone, including a perfect 9-of-9 from three-point range, both now NBA records. The magical quarter came as part of a career-best 52 points in less than 33 total minutes for the game, tying the NBA-high for most points in a single game this season.

Before Klay Thompson decided to take over, there was actually a good game taking place, despite the fact that it didn’t start off that way. After Sacramento took a 6-4 lead with 10:08 left in the first quarter, Golden State went on a 22-2 run over the next 4:01 to build a 26-8 lead that made it look like the Warriors might run away with the game. However, the Kings responded with a 17-8 run to close out the quarter, as the Dubs headed into the second frame with a 34-25 lead. Sacramento would continue their strong play, scoring the first six points of the second quarter to cut the deficit to three. The Warriors responded with a 10-0 run over a 1:47 span to take a 44-31 lead, but the Kings closed out the half on a 20-12 run to pull within five at the break.

The Kings continued their trend of fast starts to open a quarter when they scored the first seven points of the second half to retake a 58-56 lead. Stephen Curry sank two free throws to tie the game at 58, and then Klay Thompson took over. He would go on to score the Warriors’ next 19 points in a span of 5:25, single-handedly taking over the game. After assisting on Draymond Green’s layup, he would then go on to score the final 18 points of the quarter for the Warriors on his way to the most impressive quarter in NBA history. In total, he scored an NBA-record 37 points in that third frame, shooting a perfect 11-of-11 from the field and 9-of-9 from three-point range. There arguably has never been a louder moment at Oracle Arena, and by the time the quarter buzzer sounded, Thompson had staked his team to an insurmountable 97-73 lead. There was still 12 minutes left to play, but for all intents and purposes, the game was over.

Klay Keys Warriors 126-101 Win Over Kings

Klay Thompson sets an NBA record for points in a quarter with 37 points in the 3rd quarter as the Warriors beat the Kings 126-101 at Oracle Arena on Friday night.

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Klay Keys Warriors 126-101 Win Over Kings

Klay Thompson sets an NBA record for points in a quarter with 37 points in the 3rd quarter as the Warriors beat the Kings 126-101 at Oracle Arena on Friday night.
Jan 23, 2015  |  02:11

Klay Thompson's Record Quarter

Warriors guard Klay Thompson sets an NBA record with 37 points in a single quarter during the third quarter against the Kings.
Jan 23, 2015  |  00:41

Nightly Notable: Klay Thompson

Highlights from Klay Thompson as he hits 13 of 13 shots with 9 triples to notch a NBA record 37 points in the third quarter.
Jan 22, 2015  |  00:00

Splash Brothers Connect

Stephen Curry lobs the pass to Klay Thompson for the dunk in transition.
Jan 22, 2015  |  00:00

I See You

Klay Thompson finds Andrew Bogut alone inside for the power flush.
Jan 22, 2015  |  00:00

Thompson would score the final two of his career-best 52 points on two free throws with 10:54 left in the fourth quarter, soon after which he was subbed out for the remainder of the game, exiting the court to a deafening ovation. The Warriors lead reached it largest point of the game with 5:35 remaining in the quarter after two Shaun Livingston free throws made the score 115-81. Marreese Speights would score the Warriors’ next six points on his way to 15 points in the final frame, as Golden State coasted to its fourth-straight victory and 18th-consecutive home win. The Warriors moved to 35-6 on the season, and will look to extend their franchise-best home winning streak to 19 games when they host the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

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