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Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson dazzles in win: ‘Hard work pays off’

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SAN FRANCISCO — Ahead of the Golden State Warriors’ 126-114 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night, Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Klay Thompson has been physically ahead of schedule since returning from a two-period and a half years. hiatus. Thompson’s shot, Myers said, would come in time.

Thompson said he didn’t hear Myers’ comments before the game, but the way he played Thursday felt like a direct response: Thompson’s shot wasn’t just coming, it was coming.

Thompson finished with 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting, including 7 of 9 from 3-pointers. Twenty of his points came in 10 minutes between the first and second quarters, fueled by six consecutive 3-pointers.

“It was so good,” Thompson said. “With everything I’ve been through, I really enjoy nights like this. The filming part is so much fun and when you see the hard work paying off, it has a different impact now that there’s a few years. Being happy can be so fragile doing what we do and it can be taken away from you in an instant.

“I hit my first couple and thought I played with good pace tonight. And even going into the second half I’m proud of myself for not trying to force it. I was 20 in thinking I might have a 40-point night or something, but I think I played a great full game.”

Not rushing and playing in the flow of play has been a priority for Thompson since his first game on Jan. 9. It’s also something he admits he struggled to do, especially at first.

But when he does, the Warriors say they see flashes of who he was before his injuries.

“He had that look in his eye. You like to see him,” said Stephen Curry, who finished the night with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, seven assists and two steals. “It’s a big boost for the whole team.”

Along with his tally, Thompson had seven assists – something that was kind of a new trend for him.

“I think he’s always had it in him,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Thompson’s improved passing tally. “I think we have more ground spacing at the moment… so the ground is open and he puts the ball on the ground, puts it in the paint and does a good job of finding open players.”

According to Curry, now that Thompson is back and shooting the ball more like he used to, opposing teams are starting to defend him harder. This allowed him to become more of a ball handler and passer.

“Take what the defense gives him,” Curry said. “He’s shown he can be an amazing playmaker and use that against defense if they want to be super aggressive to get close to him.

“He has to keep finding that balance because we know he can shoot, we know he can score, and until he plays his full rotation over 30 minutes, that balance is very important for may he continue to have rhythm in our attack.”

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