Klay Thompson scored the most points in a quarter in NBA history, a 37-point third period that powered the Golden State Warriors to a 126-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
Thompson, who finished with a career-high 52 points, pleased the announced sold-out crowd of 19,596 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, and hit both of his free throws during a 12-minute span.
His streaky shooting touch helped the Warriors (35-6) erase a sloppy showing for its franchise-best 18th consecutive home victory. Golden State became the 10th NBA team to win at least 35 games halfway through a season. The last player to score at least that many points in a quarter was Carmelo Anthony with 33 in 2008 while with Denver.
at Atlanta 103, Oklahoma City 93: Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Jeff Teague added 17 and the Hawks eclipsed the franchise record with their 15th straight victory, beating the Thunder. Before a raucous sold-out crowd, the Hawks won for the 29th time in 31 games to extend their Eastern-best record to 36-8.
at Miami 89, Indiana 87: Luol Deng scored 23 points, Chris Bosh added 19 and the Heat survived another second-half struggle at home, hanging on to top the Pacers. Dwyane Wade scored 13 for Miami, which led by 20 late in the third quarter before Indiana ripped off an 11-0 run and got right back into the game.
New Orleans 92, at Minnesota 84: Newly minted All-Star starter Anthony Davis had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help the Pelicans avoid what would have been another ugly road loss with a victory over the Timberwolves. Eric Gordon scored 20 points and the Pelicans (22-21) shot 50% from the field to move over .500 for the first time since Jan. 2.
Houston 113, at Phoenix 111: James Harden scored 33 points, including a 20-foot jumper as time ran out, to lift the Rockets to a victory over the Suns. Harden's 33 points came in the absence of injured star center Dwight Howard for three quarters.
Chicago 102, at Dallas 98: Derrick Rose scored 20 points, Jimmy Butler had 14 of his 20 in the second half and the Bulls beat the Mavericks. The Bulls beat a Western Conference playoff contender for the second night in a row after losing six of their previous eight games.
at New York 113, Orlando 106: Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and the Knicks extended their season-high winning streak to three games with a victory over the Magic. Jason Smith added a season-best 19 points for the Knicks, who improved to 8-36. Nikola Vucevic led the way for the Magic with 34 points and 18 rebounds. Elfrid Payton finished with 11 assists.
Toronto 91, at Philadelphia 86: Kyle Lowry scored 17 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Raptors to a comeback victory over the 76ers. Patrick Patterson added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who overcame a nine-point deficit with 5 1/2 minutes left.
at Cleveland 129, Charlotte 90: LeBron James scored 25 points and the Cavaliers put on a dominant performance by routing the Hornets for their fifth straight win. Cleveland's 75-40 lead at halftime was its biggest in franchise history and the margin reached 49 points in the fourth quarter.
Boston 100, at Denver 99: Avery Bradley scored 18 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:24 left, and the Celtics hung on to beat Denver, sending the Nuggets to their fifth loss in a row.