Photos: Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson returns to play after 941 days out of the game

After 941 days not playing, it took 40 seconds of game time for Klay Thompson to get his first basket, a floating jumper from about eight feet out.

Thompson’s return wasn’t complete until his first 3-pointer, which came with 1:18 left before halftime and counted as Thompson’s 12,000th career point. His next 3, 2:50 into the second half, gave him 1,800 3’s for his career.

Thompson saw his time in spurts of about 4 minutes each at the start and end of each quarter. Despite limited action, Thompson made his presence felt — for more reasons than the energy emanating through the arena. In 9 first-half minutes, Thompson launched nine shots.

He was 7 of 18 from the field and 3 of 8 from 3-point range, and ended up with 17 points in the Warriors 96-82 win over the Cavaliers.

For everyone in the arena, Sunday was all about Klay.

Bay Area News Group’s Evan Webeck contributed to this report.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JAN. 9: Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) acknowledges the crowd as he heads to the locker room after their NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 9: Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) passes the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Evan Mobley (4) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lauri Markkanen (24) in the fourth quarter at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JAN. 9: Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) goes up and makes a basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jarrett Allen (31) in the first quarter of their NBA game at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. This is the first time that Thompson scored a basket since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals when he tore his ACL against the Toronto Raptors. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JAN. 9: Fans cheer and holds signs for Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) before the start of their NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. This is the first time that Thompson has played since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals when he tore his ACL against the Toronto Raptors. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JAN. 9: Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) shoots and makes a 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of their NBA game at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 9: Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) dunks the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lamar Stevens (8) in the second quarter at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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