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Klay Thompson impresses Kings, Warriors with historic play

Sacramento Kings' Nik Stauskas, left, guards Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson during the first half.
Sacramento Kings' Nik Stauskas, left, guards Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson during the first half. AP

Early Friday deadlines mean the story that will appear online shortly didn’t have any quotes from Klay Thompson or anyone talking about his historic night.

Thompson set an NBA record for points in a quarter with 37 during a perfect third quarter on his way to a career-high 52 points as the Golden State Warriors trounced the Kings, 126-101, Friday night at Oracle Arena.

The Kings tried to deter Thompson, using different defenders, but it didn’t matter.

“No,” said Thompson when asked if he felt the Kings’ defense. “I don’t think it mattered that much tonight. I was just focused and I was hitting some tough ones. I was in a great flow. I knew I was due for a big half because in the first half I had so many good looks, I barely missed. Man, even I’m shocked. That was crazy.”

Thompson made all 13 of his field goals in the third, including nine three pointers.

For the game, Thompson made 16 of 25 shots, including 11 of 15 from three-point range.

“He was just in a zone,” said Kings guard Ben McLemore. “I thought I played pretty good defense on him and so did everybody else. He just started catching fire and he stayed hot. It’s hard to cool somebody down when they are already hot like that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thompson’s shooting reminded him his teammate in Chicago, Michael Jordan.

“It was reminiscent of Michael because it was other worldly,” Kerr said. “That’s what made Michael special was that he would do things that you just thought ‘that’s impossible, human beings can’t do that.’”

Thompson was amazed by his performance after the game. He said the last time he scored at that rate was when he was in fourth grade playing against third graders.

“It’s pretty surreal and really you just feel like every shot you throw -- it’s cliche that every shot you’re going to throw up is going to go in,” Thompson said. “That’s how it felt. I think that’s why I got up 13 shots in the third quarter, just because I was taking a lot of bad shots out there, but I was taking one until I missed, and just got lucky.”

Kings coach Tyrone Corbin said it wasn’t that the Kings didn’t try everything they could to stop Thompson.

“We tried to double him, but he was getting them off so quickly,” Corbin said. “We couldn’t get any help to him.”

Thompson helped send the Kings (16-27) to their sixth straight loss. The Warriors (35-6) won their 18th consecutive home game, extending a franchise record.

Even considering Thompson’s night was historic, the Kings still had some of their usual problems in the loss. They had 22 turnovers, shot just 41.5 percent and had only 19 assists.

So while the Warriors were piling up points, the Kings’ offense continues to be inefficient.

It didn’t help that Rudy Gay was ejected with two technical fouls with 8:15 left in the second quarter.

“I don’t know what I did,” Gay said. “Players are coming on the court cursing (at officials) and I asked if I could talk to him and that it’s bull and I get T’d up.”

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