Thompson sets NBA record

The 24-year-old racked up 37 points in the third quarter of the 126-100 victory, including nine three-point shots and finished the game with a career-high total of 52 points.

It is the most points scored by a player in any quarter, bettering the 33 points that George Gervin achieved in the second for San Antonio against New Orleans in April 1978, which was matched by Carmelo Anthony in the third for the Denver Nuggets against the Minnesota Timberwolves in December 2008.

Kobe Bryant could miss the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers’ dismal season because of his shoulder injury.

The five-time NBA champion may need surgery, it emerged before the Lakers suffered a 99-85 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.

Bryant sustained his injury on Wednesday against New Orleans, and tweeted: “This is what happens when I pass too much!”

In his absence, the Lakers fell to a seventh straight defeat, with Tony Parker leading San Antonio’s scorers with a 17-point haul, matched by Nick Young for the Lakers.

The Atlanta Hawks clinched a franchise-record 15th consecutive victory as they beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-93, helped by 22 points from Paul Millsap.

They are resounding leaders of the Eastern Conference, with only Golden State possessing a better record in the NBA.

The New York Knicks have strung together three wins for the first time in their harrowing campaign after securing a 113-106 victory over the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden, with Carmelo Anthony scoring a team-high 25 points.

James Harden’s 33 points included a last-second match-winning jump shot as the Houston Rockets beat the Phoenix Suns 113-111, while 25 points from LeBron James spurred the improving Cleveland Cavaliers to a 129-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.??

NBA results:

Atlanta Hawks 103 Oklahoma City Thunder 93

Cleveland Cavaliers 129 Charlotte Hornets 90

Dallas Mavericks 98 Chicago Bulls 102

Denver Nuggets 99 Boston Celtics 100

Golden State Warriors 126 Sacramento Kings 101

Miami Heat 89 Indiana Pacers 87

Minnesota Timberwolves 84 New Orleans Pelicans 92

New York Knicks 113 Orlando Magic 106

Philadelphia 76ers 86 Toronto Raptors 91

Phoenix Suns 111 Houston Rockets 113

San Antonio Spurs 99 LA Lakers 85