Klay Thompson has 17 points in return, Warriors beat Cavs

Thompson’s running layup 40 seconds into Golden State'NS 96-82 ジャマールチェイスがベンガルズを率いてチーフスに勝利 クリーブランド on Sunday night was a sign that the five-time All-Star is feeling just fine — even if coach Steve Kerr drew up the play for someone else.

He wasn’t shy, was he?” カーは言った. “Not that we would ever expect Klay to be shy. I drew up the first play not for him but for him to catch it and move it on. I should have known better.

Thompson finished with 17 points in his return from two devastating injuries on a night when he was the toast of San Francisco.

Thompson was 7 の 18 UABはラを打ち負かす 3 の 8 3点範囲から. He added three rebounds, an assist and a steal in 20 分, walking off the court to a thunderous ovation followed by chants ofKlay! Klay!” from the Chase Center crowd.

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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) runs downcourt after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, 日曜日, 1月. 9, 2022.

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) runs downcourt after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, 日曜日, 1月. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/John Hefti)

As for the first play? Thompson said he couldn’t help himself.

I was so excited I saw a lane to the basket that I just took the opportunity,” トンプソンは言った. ” After that I thought it was going to be one of those nights where I might be unconscious. I did not shoot as well as I wanted to but I’m so happy I can even look at the stat sheet and see my name there. It’s been a long run. I’m not going to say it equivalent to winning a championship but it was pretty close.

Stephen Curry had 29 ポイント, five rebounds and five assists, and Jordan Poole added 14 points for Golden State. The Warriors snapped a two-game losing streak to tie Phoenix for the NBA lead at 30-9.

Lamar Stevens had 17 points and four rebounds for Cleveland.

Thompson missed 941 days and hadn’t played since tearing the ACL in his left knee in Game 6 の 2019 NBA Finals against Toronto. While rehabbing from surgery for that injury, he tore his right Achilles tendon scrimmaging on his own in November 2020.

The five-time All-Star finally made his much-anticipated return, and reached two career milestones — 12,000 ポイントと 1,800 3-pointers.

At one point Thompson brought the crowd to its feet when he drove around a defender near the 3-point line and scored on a jarring one-handed dunk. Thompson snarled and pounded his chest as he walked back toward midcourt. Moments later he made his first 3-pointer to go over 12,000 points and put the Warriors up 49-41.

He’s been talking about how he feels and what’s going to be the last thing to come back, and that was the answer,” Curry said about Thompson’s dunk. “It was amazing to watch and the obviously the building went going crazy from start to finish.

After spending time on a stationary bicycle, Thompson started the third quarter and made three consecutive shots, including his 1,800th 3-pointer.

I tried to visualize this moment for years,” トンプソンは言った. “I’m just excited to get it out of the way now and I can get back in the rhythm of things. これは信じられない. This is worth every second.

A FAVOR FOR A FRIEND

Draymond Green injured his calf during warm-ups but convinced Golden State’s coaching staff to allow him to be introduced with the starting lineup as a tribute to Thompson.

TIP-INS

キャバリアーズ: Isaac Okoro missed his third straight game because of a sprained left elbow.

ウォリアーズ: Golden State has won 10 straight against Cleveland. … Some courtside seats were sold for more than $ 20,000.

次に

キャバリアーズ: At Sacramento on Monday night.

ウォリアーズ: At Memphis on Tuesday night.

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