Klay Thompson is back, and fans of the Golden State Warriors couldn’t be happier. That much was shown on Sunday as the star finally hit the court after nearly two years of being sidelined due to injuries. It was a successful day for the sharpshooter on the court, too, as he started and featured for 20 minutes while scoring 17 points. Not a bad way to welcome yourself back to the league after such a long time out, is it?
Steph Curry led the Warriors’ charge in the victory, scoring 28 as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-82 at home in front of a raucous crowd. Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies wrapped up the day’s slate of games by extending their winning streak to nine. Their 127-119 road win over the Los Angeles Lakers was once again a result of the play of their backcourt, as Desmond Bane and Ja Morant led the way for them past LeBron and co. Bane outscored Morant this time, dropping 23 while Morant had just 16, but the things the young star did leave many jaws dropped. He had one of the most breathtaking blocks imaginable in the outing and also had a ferocious dunk, so even if he didn’t shoot well, those two events alone helped turn the tide. James was by far the Lakers’ most productive player in the game, scoring 35 points, but that was far from enough to help them get their fifth straight win or to deny the Grizzlies their ninth consecutive.