OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors really missed Klay Thompson.
He was back after missing one game with a strained hamstring and it was instantly clear how much the Warriors need him in the lineup. The team’s defense was far sharper and more energetic, with Thompson taking on the task of Kawhi Leonard a lot of the time.
Plus he scored 14 points in the first half and was the only Warrior in double digits.
In a sloppy first half where the teams combined to shoot 4-of-30 from three, Thompson was one of the few highlights.
At the half, the Warriors led 46-42.