Over the weekend I was watching Klay Thompson highlights, because . . . wait, do I actually have to explain that one? What else does one do with weekends? What are weekends for if not pouring a hefty glass of bourbon, firing up YouTube, and watching Klay Thompson highlights?
Anyway, this weekend I was watching highlights from 37-point quarter. You know the one, where Thompson scored an NBA-record 37 points in the third quarter, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings by 25 points.
That game. One of my favorite things to watch, and just a few days before Thompson would be named an All-Star for the first of five consecutive seasons.
I’ve watched the primary highlights from it a million times, but this time I found something new: The Kings broadcast feed.
It’s not footage of the full quarter, just the last few minutes, but my goodness it’s entertaining to sit in on the opposition’s call, and hear the combination of disbelief and deflation. It’s worth your time.
A few wonderful moments:
- The broadcast team saying “no way” when Thompson’s impossible corner three is in the air.
- I didn’t realize until they mentioned it, but his career-high before the game was 42 points. He nearly matched his career high in the third quarter alone.
- “I’ve never seen anything quite like this, and this is my 27th year of doing NBA basketball.” That kind of sums it up, doesn’t it?
I miss Klay Thompson, and I miss Warriors basketball, and I miss that thrill of knowing that you might see one of the greatest performances in NBA history, as occurred that night at Oracle Arena.