But Thomas once scored 25 in a single quarter of a playoff game. Bynum’s 26 was one more points, but Thomas’s 25 was more impressive for a few reasons.
1. He did it in the NBA Finals
2. He did it in the third quarter and didn’t benefit from the opponent intentionally fouling him and sending him to the free throw line like Bynum.
3. And he hurt his ankle severely during the quarter.
Lakers guard Magic Johnson, Thomas’ longtime friend, added: “I think he was just unconscious. I think he said, ‘Okay, I’m going to take this game over.’ I’ve seen him do that before. He was in his rhythm. When he starts skipping and hopping, that means he’s in his rhythm. That means he’s ready.”
Here’s video, in three parts, of what might be the most impressive quarter by an individual in NBA history.