17 points in 20 minutes: Klay Thompson’s return to the NBA after more than 900 days



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Klay Thompson returned to play this Sunday with the Golden State Warriors after overcoming a torn cruciate ligament and a torn anterior cruciate ligament, so he had to wait 941 days since his last meeting with the San Francisco team.

Thompson was part of the starting five in the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. and received a huge standing ovation from the audience at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

In your first basket, the shooting guard grabbed the ball and penetrated into the paint and nailed it between two defenders that caused everyone at Chase Center to rise from their seats.

Thompson ended with 17 points (7 of 18 in shots, 3 of 8 in triples), 3 rebounds, an assist and a block in 20 minutes on the court to help his team beat the Cavaliers (96-82).

“The reception of the fans has been a very special moment that I will never forget. I will never forget tonight, “he told the media after finishing the meeting.

Even his teammate Steph Curry, with whom he shares the Splash Brothers nickname, shared a video before the game with the return of Klay Thompson and part of his moments in Golden State.

“It was worth every day that I was out, every day that I was on the gym equipment, every day of recovery. Every moment was worth it for this. I’m just so grateful to be racing again. It has been a long road, but I am also proud of myself for persevering ”, added.

Three-time NBA champion with the Warriors as part of one of the league’s most legendary teams in its entire career, Thompson had played for the last time on June 13, 2019 in the sixth game of the Finals that would end up crowning the Toronto Raptors.

The two injuries that separated him from his career took him away from the courts during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons, while making his recovery and now joins the team that has championship aspirations.

After the win over the Cavaliers, the Warriors are now tied with the Phoenix Suns leading the Western Conference, both at 30-9.

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