Klay Thompson made his successful return to the court for the Golden State Warriors in their 96-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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After 941 days on the sidelines due to injury, Thompson didn’t waste any time, scoring the Warriors’ first basket of the game and in the second quarter, he showed he was back to his best, taking it straight down the lane for the emphatic jam.
🤯 KLAY THOMPSON JUST DROPPED THE HAMMER 🤯
Watch Free on NBA TV pic.twitter.com/ksffv6abBV
— NBA (@NBA) January 10, 2022
He finished with 17 points in 20 minutes on the night, much to the delight of the raucous Chase Center crowd.
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“I was just happy to be out there doing what I love again, getting my rhythm back,” Thompson told NBA TV postgame. “..It feels really good. It was special. I’ll never forget this night.”
The game is just better when Klay is playing and the NBA family took to Twitter tonight, sending their well wishes to the five-time All-Star:
So dope seeing Klay back on the court! 🙌🏾
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) January 10, 2022
— Immanuel Jaylen Quickley (@IQ_GodSon) January 10, 2022
Glad to see you back out there @KlayThompson
— Langston Galloway (@LangGalloway10) January 10, 2022
Good to see you back bro!! @KlayThompson
— Keef Morris (@Keefmorris) January 10, 2022
Welcome Back!!! @KlayThompson
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) January 10, 2022
Goosebumps watching Klay!!
— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) January 10, 2022
Beautiful @KlayThompson makes his first shot @warriors
— Isiah Thomas (@IsiahThomas) January 10, 2022
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 9, 2022
My brother returning to the court has me going down memory lane… let me hear your favorite @KlayThompson memories! #KlayDay pic.twitter.com/78GjKPpoDu
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) January 8, 2022
Good Morning!!!! Today is Klay Day! Welcome back @KlayThompson
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 9, 2022
Welcome back Klay!