Warriors opens title defense with Spurs rout

Warriors opens title defense with Spurs rout

"We played well. We played hard".

The shots sank into the net almost anytime Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson released the ball.

"Klay knocked down shots. He was penetrating as well", Durant said.

But deep down, did anyone buy the notion of the Warriors suddenly forgetting how to play defense?

In Saturday's other games, Eastern Conference top seed Toronto outlasted Washington 114-106 while the Philadelphia 76ers trounced the Miami Heat 130-103.

Jrue Holiday added 21 points, outplaying both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and had a big blocked shot in the closing seconds as New Orleans held on after Portland erased nearly all of a 19-point deficit.

The Warriors also gave an update on star guard Curry's left knee sprain before playing, saying he was making progress and would be assessed next Saturday. Though the Spurs won 47 regular-season games despite being largely without Kawhi Leonard, they lack the firepower necessary to hang with a Warriors team at its best. Curry, whose 51 games this regular season were his fewest since 2011-12, averaged 26.4 points, 6.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals.

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

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"We're a championship ball club".

Kerr praised the defensive effort after the game, " We finally got back to defending the way we have, the way this team has, for many years, even before I got here. We're primed for this. Though Golden State's players wanted to believe that raised stakes would be enough for them to suddenly start playing up to their abilities, they couldn't know for sure until the postseason arrived. We know how good we are.

Leonard injured his left ankle in the third quarter, and Golden State rallied for a 113-111 win and never looked back en route to a 4-0 sweep.

"Everybody kept our individual games on point", Durant said. "We did not end the season on a high note, we kind of hobbled into the playoffs". People wondered if they could simply turn it on for the playoffs. "Today they were on the present". Though it might change for Kevon Looney to assume a secondary role over Jordan Bell while Zaza Pachulia was a healthy scratch, McGee stated his case for countering the Spurs' size in LaMarcus Aldridge (14 points on 5-of-12 shooting). The Warriors addressed the subject again as part of what Kerr called their "playoff preparation".

"It's big for us. As I said, we looked like deer in the headlights". "Now we're just going to try to continue to build on that".

Anunoby made his first two 3-pointers and led Toronto with eight points in the first as the Raptors led 28-23 after one.

Lillard finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while McCollum had 19 points.

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