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Most Points Scored in a Quarter by a Single Player in NBA History

It’s impressive for an NBA team to score more than 30 points in a quarter, but for a single player to do it? Almost unheard of. In fact, there have only been six instances of a player scoring 30 or more points in a quarter in recorded history. Let’s take a look at the list.

Klay Thompson: Record-Breaking 37 Points (January 23, 2015)

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors set an astounding NBA record by scoring 37 points in a single quarter against the Sacramento Kings. On January 23, 2015, during the third quarter, Thompson was perfect from the field, making all 13 of his shots, including 9 from beyond the arc, and both free throws.

Kevin Love: A Stellar 34 Points (November 23, 2016)

Kevin Love, playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, etched his name into the record books by scoring 34 points in the first quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 23, 2016. Love made 11 of 14 field goals, 8 of 10 three-pointers, and was flawless from the free-throw line.

Carmelo Anthony: Dynamic 33 Points (December 10, 2008)

Carmelo Anthony, then with the Denver Nuggets, scored 33 points in the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 10, 2008. His scoring spree involved making 12 of his 15 field goal attempts, with a significant contribution from three-point range.

Karl-Anthony Towns: Impressive 32 Points (March 14, 2022)

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves marked a career highlight by scoring 32 points in the third quarter against the San Antonio Spurs on March 14, 2022. He shot an efficient 9 out of 13 from the field and maintained a perfect record at the free-throw line.

Kobe Bryant: Two Remarkable 30-Point Quarters (2005, 2006)

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers had two notable performances, scoring 30 points each in the third quarters against the Dallas Mavericks (December 20, 2005) and the Utah Jazz (November 30, 2006), showcasing his legendary scoring ability.

Joel Embiid: Dominating 29 Points (November 6, 2023)

Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers scored 29 points in the third quarter against the Washington Wizards on November 6, 2023. He achieved this feat with perfect shooting from both the field and the free-throw line.

James Harden: Explosive 29 Points (November 30, 2019)

James Harden, playing for the Houston Rockets, scored 29 points in the third quarter against the Atlanta Hawks on November 30, 2019. His performance was characterized by his ability to score from all parts of the court.

Brandon Jennings: Electrifying 29 Points (November 14, 2009)

Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks scored 29 points in the third quarter in a game against the Golden State Warriors on November 14, 2009. His outstanding shooting included 12 of 13 from the field and 8 of 8 three-pointers.

Joe Johnson: Exceptional 29 Points (December 16, 2013)

Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets scored 29 points in the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 16, 2013. His performance included 10 of 13 field goals and 8 of 10 from beyond the three-point line.

Each of these remarkable quarters highlights the extraordinary talent and scoring ability of these NBA players, showcasing some of the most unforgettable moments in the league’s

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