Golden State Warriors win in Kevin Durant's first game since Feb. 28

The Warriors' social media team said it best and this was a welcome sign for fans in Durant's return.

"If you get a dunk the first play of the matter how long you've been out, that feels good", Durant said after a 123-101 victory.

National Basketball Association passing. I love this game. "Once you bounce back from getting knocked down, that's how you get more confidence that everything's all right". It's no coincidence that as the Warriors have taken off without Durant, it's been because Curry and Klay Thompson returned to setting the league on fire.

Durant is averaging 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists in the first season of a two-year deal worth $54.3 million with the Warriors.

After missing plenty of games because of a sprained knee, Durant superbly played like the way he performed before.

Durant said he felt great physically and that was obvious from the way he exploded off the floor for that dunk, cut to get open throughout the game and then smiled after he spilled to the floor in the second half. "I didn't know what was going on".

Despite the welcome return of Durant, the Warriors were unable to play their quartet of All-Stars together as point guard Stephen Curry missed the game with a knee contusion.

The Dubs got off to a sluggish start making only 10-of-26 shots (38.5 percent) in the first quarter leading 23-17.

A couple of pairs of free throws from Thompson and two 3-pointers from Draymond to close the half, though, put them up 54-46.

The Warriors complete passes when guys make seemingly lackadaisical cuts. the passes are on raw, hard angles and done quietly so as not to draw the attention of the most relevant defender. "I'm just going to go out there and be me", Durant told reporters after practice. Taking my mind off of it was pretty good. It was tough, but I looked at the big picture man and I figured at some point I'll get better. Though this success came against a depleted Pelicans team resting both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, it was encouraging to see Durant integrate himself so seamlessly into the offense.

With the Warriors already having clinched the best record in the National Basketball Association, which gives them home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, Kerr said the emphasis of this evening's game will be on keeping guys sharp and in a rhythm, rather than doing what's necessary to win the game.


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