Durant, Thompson shine for Warriors in Game 1 blowout win against Spurs

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This year, they became the first team in National Basketball Association history to close the regular season on a 16-game winning streak, surging to the No. 3 seed in the East. But hey, it worked. Steph Curry will probably miss the opening round with a knee injury, but the Warriors should get by a fading San Antonio Spurs squad that will likely be without ailing Kawhi Leonard for the entire series. They started the game on the right foot defensively, and JaVale McGee especially was locked in, disrupting LaMarcus Aldridge with his length. He will ramp up the intensity of his on-court rehab work this week with running and lateral movement as he did in recent days and is scheduled to be re-evaluated again in one week.

In a statement released by the Warriors Saturday, the team noted that Curry "has made steady functional progress" and continues to progress in his recovery. However, San Antonio struggled against the swarming Golden State defense.

Golden State ranks first in fast break points per game (19.3) while San Antonio ranks 22nd (10.3). Warriors coach Steve Kerr has said Curry will not be back for the first round of the playoffs.

Gay led the Spurs in scoring with 15 points and Aldridge added 14 before in the losing effort. Because that's what needs to happen for San Antonio.

Less worry was the Warriors on the other end of the floor, where Durant assumed the lead and took 17 shots, scoring 24 points. The Golden State Warriors have lost four of their last six home games. "And I'm well aware of what a long, hard season it's been", Kerr said.

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. That just won't cut it against the Warriors. The Warriors almost doubled the Spurs in the assist department (32-19) and had more crisp ball movement in both half-court sets and transition. "He's got some of the best hands I've ever seen and our ability to switch I think disrupted them".

This was one of those games when there was simply no stopping Golden State.

"When he's ready, he's ready but he's making progress, which is a good sign", Kerr said. They play at the league's third-slowest pace and grind teams down on the offensive end with their mid-range and post-heavy attack. Should the Warriors beat the Spurs and advance, it's still not clear if he'd be healthy to return for a second-round matchup. The Spurs shot 32-of-80 (40.0 percent) as a team, including a disappointing 14-point (5-of-12 from the field), two-rebound showing from Aldridge, who was surprisingly outplayed by McGee.

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