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Inside Klay Thompson's emotional return after 941 days

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This was the ultimate Hollywood movie, playing out in real time, for a humble man with a demure smile.For Thompson, it was one of the best moments of his life."I'm not going to say equivalent to winning a championship, but, man, it was pretty freaking close because there were times in the past when you second-guess yourself in thinking if you're going to be the same player and have the same explosion," Thompson said after the Warriors' 96-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.The emotions began pouring out of Thompson — and everyone around him — an hour before the game began. The smattering of fans who were at Chase Center at 4:40 p.m. as he ran onto the court to warm up roared with the strength of a capacity crowd during the NBA Finals.Thompson responded by raising his arms in the air. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he drew up the first play of the game for Thompson to pass the ball to a teammate. When Curry became the All-Time leader in 3-pointers last month during a game against the New York Knicks, he hung Thompson's jersey in the locker room, so he could feel his presence at Madison Square Garden."I'm not the shooter that I am if I don't get to see Klay every single day do what he does," said Curry, who had 28 points, five rebounds and five assists.Kevon Looney acknowledged that he got choked up during Thompson's return, likening it to watching a boxer getting off the ground."It was one of those moments that you'll always remember." said Looney, who finished with six points and a career-high 18 rebounds.For Thompson, it was a spectacular conclusion to an incredibly trying period in his life. He finally feels like himself."I'm just so happy that I could even look at the stat sheet and see my name there," he said.Just a short while ago, Thompson didn't know if he'd ever reach this day.

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