Klay Thompson is BACK!

It had been 941 days since Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson last played in an NBA game, since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

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After a long period on the sidelines, Thompson dressed for the Warriors at the Chase Center against the Cleveland Cavaliers and immediately felt the love of Bay Area fans. After a nervous start to the game, despite scoring the Dubs’ first basket of the night, Thompson slowly began to look more like him.

He finished with 17 points in 20 minutes on the night, including some signature 3s and a drive-and-slam through traffic to remind people he was on the way back.

Golden State won, 96-82, and went to 30-9 on the season. They have a tough four-game road trip ahead with games in Memphis, Milwaukee, Chicago and Minnesota.

The Sporting News has you covered with all the live updates, scores, stats and highlights of Klay’s return:

Warriors vs. Cavaliers live updates, highlights, stats

User ratings for Warriors vs. Cavaliers
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Warriors 24 27 28 17 96
gentlemen twenty-one 25 14 22 82

FINAL: Warriors 96, Cavaliers 82

Steph Curry 28 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists

Klay Thompson 17 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist

Lamar Stevens 17 points, 4 rebounds

Rajon Rondo 15 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds

22:40: That’s a San Fran warp. Dubs win 96-82

22:38: Standing O for Klay when he left the game

22:34 : Klay Thompson exits the game. 17 points for Klay on 18 shots in 20 minutes. He’s going to get shot no matter what!

22:20: Klay returns to the game

End of Third Quarter


22:07: 19-3 run for the Warriors and they have their biggest advantage of the game: 79-55.

21:56: Like old times. Steph and Klay have 32 of the Warriors’ 60 points

21:54: It’s 1,800 career triples for Klay

21:51 : The nerves that Klay may have had in the first half are gone. Seven quick points to start third and the Cavs call a timeout.

21:49 : Much love to Klay from all over the league tonight.

Half time: Warriors 51, Cavaliers 46

Steph Curry 18 points, 3 rebounds

Klay Thompson 7 points

Lamar Stevens 13 points, 2 rebounds

Jarrett Allen 7 points, 4 rebounds

21:28: Okay, Klay is ALL the way back now.

21:24: Klay Thompson returns for the first time since the first quarter.

21:22: Steph Curry is 4 of 6 from 3 point range, the rest of the Warriors? A ridiculous 1 of 16.

21:14: ALWAYS box the shooter!

21:07: Kevin Love opens the second quarter scoring.

First Quarter Finals: Warriors 24, Cavaliers 21

Steph Curry 14 points, 2 rebounds

Klay Thompson 2 points

Jarrett Allen 7 points, 2 rebounds

Darius Garland 6 points, 1 assist

8:55 pm : Steph Curry is 4 of 4 from deep. 11-0 run by the Dubs. They led 22-15. Time is over.

20:51: It’s not just fans happy to see Klay back.

20:49: Klay Thompson exits the game for the first time to rest. Head coach Steve Kerr will be monitoring Thompson’s minutes.

20:46: Steph knocks down another triple. That’s 161 games in a row with three facts breaking, well, their own record.

20:42: We have a warning and immediately Klay Thompson has made an impact! The first cube back is in the books!

before the game


Big applause for Klayas warms up. Who else has the strange feeling that the ceiling will blow away when they present it later?

Klay is on the court for the warm-up!

Steph Curry warms up with his Splash Brother’s shirt

The Dubs rookies are ready for Klay’s return

Before kickoff, relive some of Klay’s best moments

Thompson has arrived for Klay Day!

Draymond Green welcomes his running mate.

How to watch Warriors vs Cavaliers

  • Date: Sunday, January 9
  • Hour: 8:30 pm ET
  • Television channel: NBA television
  • Live broadcast: sling television