Somebody is making their All-Star case loud and clear.
Golden State’s Klay Thompson scored 37 points in the third quarter to set an NBA record for most points in a quarter. He had nine three pointers in the third quarter, that was also an NBA record. He was 13-of-13 on the quarter and you knew after a couple heat-check shots fell he was going to do something amazing. Check out this shot chart.
So tell me again how there is no hot hand in the NBA…..
The record had been 33 points in a quarter, a tie between Carmelo Anthony and George “the Ice Man” Gervin.
Thompson — a bubble All-Star guard in the West battling a number of other quality players for a spot — finished with 52 points on the night. If that shooting performance doesn’t make your case I don’t know what will. It also makes a case for Klay Thompson as one of the biggest emerging stars in the NBA period.