Klay Thompson’s 37-point quarter ‘like a religious experience,’ Steve Kerr says
While Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is widely regarded as the greatest shooter to ever step on the basketball court, his teammate, Klay Thompson, is considered by some to be even more dangerous when he is feeling it.
Case in point: back in January 2015, Thompson poured in 37 points in the third quarter during a 126-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings. During the onslaught, Thompson went 13-of-13 from the floor and made all nine of his three-point attempts.
It remains one of the most dominant stretches in NBA history, and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr still can’t get over it:
“It remains the most amazing experience I’ve had in my six years of coaching in terms of the connection between the player and the fans and what was happening on the floor,” said Kerr, according to Wes Goldberg of The San Jose Mercury News. “I’m not kidding. I hope this doesn’t sound like hyperbole, but it was like a religious experience.”
That season marked the beginning of Golden State’s dynasty, as it won the championship that June and proceeded to make five straight finals appearances between 2015 and 2019 overall, winning three titles.
However, in spite of all of the Dubs’ accolades throughout that half-decade of historic success, it’s Thompson’s night in an otherwise meaningless regular-season game that Kerr remembers most:
“It was so incredible to witness a player at the top of his game but also to do it in front of 20,000 fans who were just experiencing it with him and almost willing him to it, and his teammates, too,” added Kerr. “That one stands out for me above every experience I’ve ever felt as a coach and as a player. I’ve never, ever been a part of anything like that.”
We’ll see if Thompson, who is currently recovering from a torn ACL, can evoke those same feelings next season when he returns to the floor.