Injured Warriors star Klay Thompson was grateful teammate Steph Curry dedicated Sunday's win in the NBA 3-Point Contest to him, but he might've been more thankful to see the trophy return to what Thompson considers its rightful home.
Thompson, who won the competition in 2016, thanked Curry on his Instagram Story on Monday for bringing the trophy back to the Bay Area -- where it "belongs."
Curry's win was the second of his career, and he fended off a star-studded field in Atlanta in order to do so. The two-time NBA MVP posted the highest score in the first round (31 points) before narrowly edging Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley in the final stage. Curry officially beat Conley with his last shot, a "moneyball" worth two points.
The 32-year-old saved his best for the All-Star Game itself, dazzling the small crowd at State Farm Arena and the nationwide audience with his trademark ridiculous shots. Curry missed out on MVP honors after scoring 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting (and 8-of-16 on 3-pointers), but he showed off his unparalleled shot-making with a pair of triples from the halfcourt logo and another from just past the halfcourt line.
Thompson last competed in the 3-Point Contest in 2018, and 2015 remains the only time he has competed against his fellow Splash Brother.
Here's hoping Thompson's recovery from a torn Achilles enables him to compete against Curry for the crown next year.