Du­rant shines in War­riors play­off de­but in Game 1 win

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

OAKLAND, CALIF. | Kevin Du­rant had 32 points and 10 re­bounds in his Golden State play­off de­but, Stephen Curry scored 29 points, and the War­riors with­stood a sen­sa­tional day by Port­land duo CJ McCol­lum and Damian Lil­lard to beat the Trail Blaz­ers 121-109 on Sun­day in Game 1 of the first-round se­ries.

McCol­lum scored a play­off ca­reerbest 41 points, and Lil­lard had 34, but the War­riors made the cru­cial big plays on both ends down the stretch with Port­land play­ing with­out in­jured center Jusuf Nur­kic.

Du­rant shot 12 for 20, show­ing no is­sues with a re­cent left knee in­jury that side­lined him 19 games be­fore he re­turned for the fi­nal three reg­u­lar-sea­son con­tests with the NBA-best War­riors. He pat­ted his chest af­ter two straight fourthquar­ter bas­kets and said, “I got this!”

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