Oracle Arena held its collective breath during Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night when Warriors star Klay Thompson appeared to injure his left knee.
Thompson landed awkwardly after Danny Green fouled him on a layup attempt, and needed to be helped off the court. But, he returned to make his two free throws.
Klay Thompson limped in to the locker room at the end of the third quarter after coming down on his knee pic.twitter.com/gFXUaqfczt— KNBR (@KNBR) June 14, 2019
After going down with an apparent knee injury and leaving the court, Klay Thompson returns to a roar from the Oracle crowd to shoot the free-throws. 👏#NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/Px5gtYtKHm— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 14, 2019
Had he not gone back to the line, Thompson wouldn't have been able to return to the game. After DeMarcus Cousins intentionally fouled Pascal Siakam on the ensuing inbound, Thompson begrudgingly checked out of the game and returned to the locker room.
The 29-year-old -- who had not missed a playoff game before Game 3 of The Finals last week -- became "Game 6 Klay" again before his injury. Thompson scored 30 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-6 3-pointers, pacing the Warriors and helping Golden State retake the lead from Toronto in the third 30-point Game 6 of his career.
This story is being updated.