Spurs spoil Du­rant’s Golden State de­but

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

OAK­LAND, Cal­i­for­nia (AP): AN AN­TO­NIO’S Kawhi Leonard scored a ca­reer­high 35 points as the Spurs em­phat­i­cally spoiled Kevin Du­rant’s long-awaited Golden State de­but on Tues­day night with a 129-100 rout that sent War­riors fans for the ex­its early on the team’s open­ing night.

Cleve­land, who de­feated the War­riors in last year’s NBA Fi­nals, looked more as­sured in their open­ing game, sweep­ing past New York on a night the Cava­liers raised last sea­son’s cham­pi­onship ban­ner.

Du­rant had 27 points and 10 re­bounds, but lit­tle looked in sync for MVP Stephen Curry and the reign­ing West­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons in a for­get­table first game — and quite a dif­fer­ent one after the War­riors dom­i­nated at home and came out of the blocks last sea­son with a record 24-0 start.

Leonard scored 31 points by the end of the third, while LaMar­cus Aldridge added 26

Spoints and 14 re­bounds for the Spurs. Curry, last sea­son’s first unan­i­mous MVP, scored 26 points, but was just three for 10 from three-point range.

Cleve­land’s LeBron James had his 43rd ca­reer triple-dou­ble to power the Cava­liers past New York 117-88.

James scored 19 points and added 11 re­bounds and 14 as­sists in front of a rau­cous home crowd that was on its feet from the pre-game cer­e­mony un­til late in the game, cel­e­brat­ing the city’s first cham­pi­onship in 52 years.

Kyrie Irv­ing scored 29 points, in­clud­ing 19 in the third quar­ter when Cleve­land went on a 20-4 run that rapidly ended the Knicks’ hopes of an up­set.

Carmelo An­thony led New York with 19 points.

Port­land ex­tended their run of win­ning home open­ers to 16 straight sea­sons as Damian Lil­lard scored 39 points to lead the Trail Blaz­ers to a 113-104 vic­tory against Utah.

AP

Golden State War­riors’ Kevin Du­rant.

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