OAKLAND, CALIF. – The sellout crowd chanted Klay Thompson's name. Both benches stood, equally stunned at what was taking place. Thompson's teammates continued to get him the ball — and he just kept shooting.
"They just kept wanting to see the show," Thompson said. "That's what they kept telling me."
Thompson set a league record for the most points in a quarter Friday night, a 37-point third period that powered Golden State to a 126-101 victory over Sacramento.
"I was one of the luckiest NBA players ever to play with Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, David Robinson and some of the greatest players ever," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "As many spectacular things as Michael did, which he did nightly, I never saw him do that."
Thompson finished with a career-high 52 points, pleasing 19,596 fans at rowdy Oracle Arena with a performance that will long be remembered in the basketball-loving Bay Area. The All-Star hopeful made all 13 shots, including a league-record nine from three-point range in a quarter, and hit both of his free throws during a 12-minute span of pure basketball bliss.
"It was kind of a blur. I wish I could go back and enjoy it some more, but moments like that go by really fast," Thompson said.
His streaky shooting stroke helped the Warriors (35-6) win a franchise-best 18th consecutive home victory. Golden State became the 10th team to win at least 35 games halfway through a season.
Thompson surpassed the 33-point mark set by George Gervin in 1978 and matched by Carmelo Anthony in 2008 for the most points in a quarter. Michael Redd and Joe Johnson shared the previous mark for most threes in a quarter with eight.
Thompson, who signed a four-year, near-maximum contract extension worth about $70 million this summer, couldn't remember ever dominating a game like that.
"Maybe elementary school," he joked.
"You always dream about it, being a big-time scorer and a big-time player. It's crazy it's reality," said Thompson, who finished 16 of 25 from the floor, 11 of 15 from long range and nine of 10 on free throws.