Last night Klay Thompson, star Shooting Guard for the Golden State Warriors, scored 60 points on 21-33 from the field. That is the most amount of points for a Warrior since Rick Barry scored 64 in 1974. The most impressive part of Thompson’s feat? Warriors Coach Steve Kerr elected to bench Thompson for the entire 4th quarter! I understand wanting to be cautious of your starters health, especially in an absolute blowout, but when one of your players is on pace for 80…I say you make an exception. Since Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game in 1962, Kobe Bryant is the only player to have seriously come close to breaking that record. Saying that he was close is somewhat of an overstatement because he was actually 19 points off, having scored 81 in a game in 2006, but his performance holds the record for the second most amount of points scored by a single player in a game. Thompson was on pace for 80 points flat, but could have easily scored an extra bucket or two to potentially break Bryant’s record and become the first person to score at least 80 points in almost 11 years.
Chamberlain’s 100 is just one of many impressive stats that have left the NBA with a seemingly unbreakable record. Here are some more incredible single game stats:
- Most Rebounds in a single game: Wilt Chamberlain (55, November 24, 1960)
- Most Assists in a single game: Scott Skiles (30, December 30, 1990)
- Most Steals in a single game: Larry Kenon/Kendall Gill (11, December 26, 1976/April 3, 1999)
- Most Blocks in a single game: Elmore Smith (17, October 28, 1973)
Thompson already holds the record for the most points in a quarter, which is 37, so the 2 time NBA All-Star has proven himself to be a truly electric and explosive scorer. Klay Thompson WILL win an NBA MVP in his career.