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Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge go toe-to-toe in NBA Playoffs

Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge go toe-to-toe in NBA Playoffs

Klay Thompson scored a game-high 27 points and Kevin Durant chipped in with 24 yesterday afternoon as the Golden State Warriors opened defense of their National Basketball Association title with a 113-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first-round Western Conference series in Oakland, Calif.

Former MVP, Kevin Durant, had a terrific all around game in the series opener. Meanwhile, Durant has been hampered by a rib fracture for the past couple of weeks, and Thompson had been sidelined with a fracture in his right thumb. Coach Steve Kerr set the tone by surprising many with an unexpected change to the Warriors starting lineup.

"We'll, it doesn't matter if I make five in a row or miss five in a row", Thompson said. Cook had a solid game off the bench, though, finishing with 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Then he found his groove. When you've got one half prepared and one half not prepared, it doesn't work. "That's why they are who they are".

Golden State would be much better with the ball in the second half, however, flipping the script on the Spurs.

Kelly Oubre Jr. hit a 3 and 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. The Spurs did not have enough to counter the Warriors' depth. With no Leonard to deter him, Durant had little problem shooting over the Spurs' smaller wings, leaving Gregg Popovich to determine that his best strategy against KD is for Danny Green to grow four or five inches. His absence as a two-way star has been evident for a San Antonio team that managed to make the playoffs, but haven't made things look almost as easy this season. "[You] can't win in this league in the playoffs unless you defend, and they defended tonight, and we went with our best defensive group".

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It is not often an Andre Iguodala to JaVale McGee pass makes the highlights, but the two Warriors are feeling it in their series against the Spurs. San Antonio is 0-8 ATS in its last eight road games. In Game 1, the Spurs shot 40 just percent while going 9 for 22 from deep and got outrebounded 51-30. Not in his 24 minutes, 14 points, and 5-of-12 shooting. 'The Warriors have lost it.

Dwyane Wade turned in a vintage performance to lead Heat to a 113-103 victory over 76ers on Monday and tie its playoff series 1-1. They also are the reason they are behind 1-0 in this series. Golden State was 19-20 from the line on the night.

It didn't matter that Iguodala had only three points in the game - he was vital to the win. Fans were hopeful that Curry's return would spark the Warriors, and in the first three quarters, he recorded 29 points in just 25 minutes of play.

What Jefferson really probably meant to say was that Igadoula would have had three titles up on the wall if he wouldn't have gotten his shot blocked by LeBron James on that famous chase down. Curry has suffered an ankle sprain and now an MCL sprain.


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