Hot Hand – Greatest Single-Quarter NBA Performances

Every so often, an NBA player catches fire and seemingly can’t miss a shot. In these moments, the player is said to have a “hot hand”. 

In the 3rd quarter on January 23, 2015, Klay Thompson had the hottest hand the NBA world had ever seen. He drained 9 out of 9 three-pointers attempted, 4 out of 4 two-pointers, and 2 free throws for a whopping 37 points, an NBA record that many believe will never be broken. This dashboard explores the details of Klay’s incredible performance, along with many other impressive single-quarter performances. 

In an effort to truly find the “hottest hand”s, free throws are excluded from point totals. This means that to make the list, a player had to be sinking two and three point shots, not just drawing fouls.

Hover over any part for more details. Click any bar on the right to show the details of another performance.