Sport Durant shines in Warriors playoff debut in Game 1 win

01:20  17 april  2017
01:20  17 april  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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(AP) -- Kevin Durant had 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists in his final playoff tuneup, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Lakers 109-94 in both teams' final regular-season The Warriors are the first franchise in NBA history to win at least 67 games in three straight seasons.

"The first two games I thought he was solid. Tonight I thought he was spectacular with his shooting." Durant had 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists in his final playoff tuneup, and the Golden The Warriors are the first franchise in NBA history to win at least 67 games in three straight seasons.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant shoots during Golden State's game against Portland on Sunday. © Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports Warriors forward Kevin Durant shoots during Golden State's game against Portland on Sunday. OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- 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 career-best 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.

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Draymond Green contributed 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and five blocked shots to help last season's second-place team take the first step in what it is counting on to be a championship run.

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 fourth-quarter baskets and said, "I got this!"

Game 2 is Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

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