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Warriors' Kevin Durant welcomes playoff fire: 'Losing sucks'

16 April 2018

So heading into Saturday's playoff opener against the Spurs, no one really knew what to expect from the Warriors.

There was no answer for Kevin Durant whose all-around game was on full display.

He finished just one rebound short of a triple-double with 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds as the 76ers extended their winning streak to 17 games, despite the continued absence of injured All-Star centre Joel Embiid. In the first half, MeGee had 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting plus a couple of blocked shots inside.

So, the Warriors are without Stephen Curry for the first round with a Grade 2 sprained MCL tear in his left knee. The Spurs under Gregg Popovich are better than anyone else at taking advantage of their opponents' mistakes, and could conceivably win this series by forcing the Curry-less Warriors into enough mistakes to win.

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Worth mentioning is Draymond Green, who nearly had a triple double (12 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds) and was a centerpiece for the Warriors offense and defense. The Warriors easily covered the spread at -7.5, while the game went narrowly under the total of 205.5 points. "We won't always make shots at that rate but we need to play good defense like that as well".

San Antonio quickly fell behind, but trailed by only 11 points at the end of the first period, thanks in part to a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Manu Ginobili. It was a complete domination of the Spurs - the kind they've handed out so many times over the last four years - but at the same time, it was a big, in-your-face reminder that the Warriors can do that. Draymond Green explained to The Mercury News that the team has a lot of faith in Cook. In a game that never saw the home team fall behind in points, the Warriors proved all of their recent doubters wrong.

Reserve Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 15 points while LaMarcus Aldridge and Bryn Forbes each added 14 for San Antonio.

The Golden State Warriors cruised to a 113-92 victory in Game 1 over the San Antonio Spurs.

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Golden State and San Antonio will play Game 2 of the best-of-seven playoff on Monday at 10:30 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena. McGee was running up and down the court and making the right plays, and he sparked the Warriors' energy on both defense and offense.

Miami led 60-56 at half-time but were unable to respond to a second-half onslaught from the in-form 76ers, who have now won 17 games straight.

In 27 minutes, Mills mustered five points on 2-for-5 from the field, well down on his season average of ten points per game.

Golden State was dominant in last years playoffs. Overall, the Spurs dropped in 40.0 percent of their shots and had an offensive rating of 77.4 with Aldridge on the floor.

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The Warriors looked hopped up on energy, and they were hungry on defense. We've got to do better than we think we can do [to] even [the series]. Both teams are on shakier ground than they have been in years heading into this year's playoffs, despite being two of the more consistently elite National Basketball Association teams over the past five years.

Warriors' Kevin Durant welcomes playoff fire: 'Losing sucks'