Kevin Du­rant leads War­riors past Spurs

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Kevin Du­rant fin­ished with 24 points, eight re­bounds and seven as­sists as the Golden State War­riors dom­i­nated the San An­to­nio Spurs 113-92 on Satur­day.

OAK­LAND, CALIF. — Former Ok­la­homa City Thun­der star Kevin Du­rant helped the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons get de­fen­sive in a hurry, fin­ish­ing with 24 points, eight re­bounds and seven as­sists as the Golden State War­riors re­turned to their old dom­i­nant selves at play­off time to beat the cold-shoot­ing San An­to­nio Spurs 113-92 on Satur­day.

Du­rant, Dray­mond Green and Klay Thomp­son took charge in Game 1 of the first-round se­ries to el­e­vate the War­riors’ in­ten­sity at last play­ing without fel­low All-Star and in­jured twotime MVP Stephen Curry,

side­lined since March 23 with a sprained left knee.

Thomp­son found his shot and scored 27 points, mak­ing 11 of 13 shots, while 7-footer JaVale McGee

started in Steve Kerr’s

cen­ter-by-com­mit­tee ap­proach and con­trib­uted 15 points, four re­bounds and two blocked shots in 16 min­utes.

Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 15 points off the bench as lead­ing scorer LaMar­cus Aldridge was lim­ited to 14 points on 5-for-12 shoot­ing.

Game 2 in the best-of­seven se­ries is Mon­day night at Or­a­cle Arena.

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons looked un­beat­able again. And that was without the do-ev­ery­thing Curry.

The War­riors said all week it’s a new sea­son, then went out and showed it. They have plans for noth­ing short of a re­peat ti­tle.

Kerr al­ways said his team would be ready when these playoffs came around.

The War­riors were de­ter­mined to pick up their de­fense ahead of Game 1, and they did just that.

Green, Du­rant and the oth­ers quickly closed on shoot­ers and got hands up to al­ter shots.

2015 Fi­nals MVP An­dre Iguo­dala moved into the start­ing lineup for the 2018 edi­tion of that “Strength In Num­bers” mantra — and all those bright yel­low T-shirts through the arena are there to back it.

Iguo­dala, who started just seven games all sea­son be­fore Satur­day, had missed four of the fi­nal five reg­u­larsea­son games with a sore left knee.

Af­ter div­ing into the base­line fans late in the first half, he headed to the locker room early but re­turned for the third quar­ter.

Ibaka scores 23, Rap­tors beat Wizards

TORONTO — Former Ok­la­homa City Thun­der power for­ward Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 re­bounds, Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quar­ter, and the Toronto Rap­tors snapped a 10-game los­ing streak in play­off se­ries open­ers by beat­ing the Wash­ing­ton Wizards 114-106 on Satur­day.

DeMar DeRozan added 17 points, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby each had 12, and Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine as­sists for the Rap­tors, whose only pre­vi­ous vic­tory in the open­ing game of a play­off se­ries came in the sec­ond round against Philadel­phia in 2001.

Toronto en­tered hav­ing lost an NBA-worst 10 con­sec­u­tive Game 1s since, in­clud­ing six at home.

The top-seeded team in the East­ern Con­fer­ence, Toronto made 16 of 30 3-point at­tempts, with Miles mak­ing four, and Ibaka and Wright each hit­ting three.

The Rap­tors host Game 2 on Tues­day.

John Wall had 23 points and 15 as­sists for the Wizards, while Marki­eff Mor­ris had 22 points and 11 re­bounds.

Wash­ing­ton led 91-88 when Mike Scott was called for a fla­grant foul af­ter us­ing his el­bow to knock Lowry down early in the fourth. Lowry made both free throws and, on the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, Wright gave Toronto the lead with a layup. Af­ter a missed shot by Mor­ris, Miles hit a 3 to cap a 7-0 run that gave the Rap­tors a 95-91 lead with 9:26 left.

Kelly Oubre Jr. hit a 3 and Marcin Gortat made a dunk to put Wash­ing­ton back in front, but Wright and Miles each hit 3-point­ers as Toronto used an 8-0 run to take a 103-96 lead with 6:27 left, and never trailed again.

[AP PHOTO]

Golden State War­riors for­ward Kevin Du­rant, right, drives the ball against San An­to­nio Spurs’ Manu Gi­no­bili dur­ing the first half Satur­day in Oak­land, Calif.

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