Klay Thompson’s first quarter impresses fans despite Warriors’ loss to defending champs

Matthew Legros
Klay Thompson as a member of the Golden State Warriors in 2024.

Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson put on a vintage clinic in the first quarter of their Sunday night matchup against the Denver Nuggets, generating major fan reactions despite their 119-103 loss.

Thompson looked like his All-Star self from 2016 as he impressed from a distance with four three-pointers made. The four-time champion could not be stopped as his teammates fed his hot hand.

After coming off the bench in what appears to be his new role for the foreseeable future, Thompson was the talk of the sports world.

His viral performance was short-lived though, as the Warriors failed to down the defending NBA champions.

Fans were amazed by Klay Thompson’s 16-point onslaught

Thompson reached far down in his proverbial bag and came up with a scorching touch from outside that could not be extinguished.

The NBA shared his entire highlight package on X, which took the basketball world by storm:

Fans flocked to the social media platform to put an extra battery in Thompson’s back, deeming his hot stroke as “radioactive” among other witty and hilarious comparisons.

Despite the overwhelming slate of praise on social media, Thompson and the Warriors cooled off the rest of the way against the Nuggets.

Thompson would only score seven more points in the remaining three quarters. Stephen Curry struggled mightily, shooting 6-19 from the floor for 20 points, and the team couldn’t prevent Nikola Jokic from posting a 32-16-16 triple-double, nor Jamal Murray from adding 27 points of his own.

About The Author

Matthew graduated from Brooklyn College in 2022 with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. In the past, he's written for Heavy Sports, Sports Illustrated, and SB Nation. On top of penning scripts for Empire Sports Media, Matthew covers the latest NBA, NFL and Boxing news for Dexerto. His expertise lies in basketball, with a personal passion for track-and-field. You can contact him at matthew.legros@dexerto.com.