Klay Thompson scores 35 points in his first bench stint since his rookie year.

Klay Thompson relished or took offense to benching. 

The four-time NBA champion and five-time All-Star came off the bench for the first time since his rookie season on Thursday 

when Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr replaced him with youngster Brandin Podziemski.  

Thompson's 727-game streak was broken by the move, which came after he made a major mistake in the Warriors' most recent game. 

The move came as a surprise, but it had been a long time coming.  

No player on the Warriors has shown their age more this season than the 34-year-old Thompson 

who entered Thursday averaging 17.0 points per game (his lowest total since 2012-13) and shooting career lows from the field (41.5%) and from three (36.8%). 

It could have been a difficult situation for a recognized player. Instead, he reacted with his finest performance of the season. 

Thompson had a season-high 35 points on 13-of-22 shooting, with no turnovers or personal fouls. 

Thompson will now get some more rest during the All-Star break, with the Warriors' next game at home against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 22. 

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