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Durant shines in Golden State playoff debut in Game 1 win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant patted his chest after two big baskets in the fourth quarter and let everybody know ''I got this!'' Stephen Curry knocked down a timely baseline 3-pointer, reached his hand high and gestured to further ignite a raucous sellout crowd.

On a day Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum put on a dazzling display of shot-making for Portland, the NBA's top-seeded team of superstars found its touch down the stretch and defended with purpose.

Durant had 32 points and 10 rebounds in his Golden State playoff debut, Curry scored 29 points, and the Warriors withstood that sensational day by the Trail Blazers' dynamic backcourt duo to win Game 1 of the first-round series 121-109 on Sunday.

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 missing injured center Jusuf Nurkic.

''When they got it going, they're hitting tough shots in the first half, some you've just got to live with, we played great defense,'' Curry said. ''They were just able to finish, but over the course of 48 you just try to wear them down.''

Draymond Green had 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocked shots and three steals 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.

''The game ratchets up when you get into the playoffs,'' Durant said. ''I definitely felt good out there.''

Game 2 is Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

The opener in a rematch of last season's Western Conference semifinals won in five games by Golden State didn't disappoint featuring two of the NBA's best backcourt duos. There was a little of everything: physical play, trash talk, deep 3-pointers, monster blocked shots and dazzling dunks. After one flurry of a third-quarter sequence when several players on both teams hit the floor trying to secure a loose ball, four towel guys frantically wiped down the court.

Durant got going fast. KD drove the lane for a one-handed slam midway through the first then knocked down a 3 from the top about a minute later. After missing a dunk but getting fouled, Durant pounded the basket stanchion with his right fist in frustration.

He vowed to take his game to another level as a new season begins - not to mention the quest for his first title.

As the final period got underway, Ian Clark did what he often does to give the Blazers fits and chipped in during a 15-2 run on the way to 12 points off the bench. The 6-foot-3 guard scored a putback off his own miss in the paint one possession then knocked down a 3-pointer the next as Golden State went ahead 97-90 with 8:59 remaining.

McCollum shot 11 of 15 in the first half then began the second 2 for 7 and finished his day 16 of 28, while Lillard went 12 for 26. McCollum's 27 first-half points matched a Portland playoff record for a half and he and Lillard had 48 of their team's 56 at the break.

''You've got to give them a lot of credit, they got it going,'' Green said. ''At some point you have to make them miss.''

The Warriors' defensive intensity after halftime was the difference in the Blazers' minds - and Lillard expects everybody to do more.

''Dame and CJ, if they get 80 between them we've still got to score another 40 or 50 from somewhere,'' coach Terry Stotts said.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: McCollum is the eighth Portland player with 40-point playoff performance, the second ever of his career. ... Lillard and McCollum are the first Blazers teammates to score 34 or more points in a playoff game since Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter on May 19, 1992. ... Their 75 points were two off the franchise playoff record by teammates.

Warriors: Curry moved by Wilt Chamberlain (507) for second place on the Warriors list for career playoff field goals. ... Curry hit a 3-pointer in his NBA record 59th consecutive playoff game, making his first 1:17 into the game. ... Green emphatically blocked a shot by Noah Vonleh in the third as the Portland center playing in place of Nurkic was going up with one hand to dunk.

UP NEXT

The Warriors hope to get forward Matt Barnes back from a sprained right ankle and foot Wednesday night for Game 2, while the Blazers were uncertain when Nurkic might be ready to return.

''To be determined,'' Stotts said.

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Key Players
D. Lillard
0 PG
K. Durant
35 SF
33.4 Min. Per Game 33.4
25.2 Pts. Per Game 25.2
4.6 Ast. Per Game 4.6
8.5 Reb. Per Game 8.5
45.2 Field Goal % 54.4
43.4 Three Point % 53.7
89.4 Free Throw % 86.2
+ 2 Damian Lillard made hook shot 0:08
  Defensive rebound by Allen Crabbe 0:21
  Draymond Green missed layup 0:23
+ 2 Damian Lillard made dunk 0:37
  Offensive rebound by Damian Lillard 0:37
  CJ McCollum missed jump shot 0:39
+ 2 Kevin Durant made turnaround jump shot 0:50
  Defensive rebound by Draymond Green 1:08
  Damian Lillard missed jump shot 1:10
+ 1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:16
+ 1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:16
Team Stats
Points 109 121
Field Goals 40-93 (43.0%) 43-81 (53.1%)
3-Pointers 11-30 (36.7%) 11-27 (40.7%)
Free Throws 18-22 (81.8%) 24-28 (85.7%)
Total Rebounds 46 53
Offensive 11 9
Defensive 27 36
Team 8 8
Assists 15 26
Steals 8 7
Blocks 3 10
Turnovers 14 16
Fouls 25 24
Technicals 0 1
away team logo
C. McCollum SG 3
41 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
home team logo
D. Green PF 23
19 PTS, 12 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo8 Trail Blazers 0-1 27293221109
home team logo1 Warriors 1-031253233121
Team Stats
away team logoTrail Blazers 0-1 119.0 PPG 54 RPG 20.5 APG
home team logoWarriors 1-0 124.5 PPG 43.5 RPG 31.5 APG
Key Players
C. McCollum SG 28.0 PPG 7.0 RPG 1.0 APG 66.7 FG%
K. Durant SF 21.5 PPG 6.5 RPG 4.5 APG 48.5 FG%
Top Scorers
C. McCollum SG 41 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
K. Durant SF 32 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
43.0 FG% 53.1
36.7 3PT FG% 40.7
81.8 FT% 85.7
Trail Blazers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 40 41 8 1 1 1 4 4 16/28 4/6 5/6 3 5 49 -5
D. Lillard 39 34 5 3 2 1 3 2 12/26 3/9 7/7 2 3 45 -6
E. Turner 35 12 10 4 1 0 1 4 3/7 2/3 4/4 1 9 30 -9
M. Harkless 34 11 3 1 2 1 0 5 5/13 1/6 0/0 2 1 19 -10
N. Vonleh 23 2 5 4 0 0 2 4 1/5 0/0 0/0 1 4 13 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 40 41 8 1 1 1 4 4 16/28 4/6 5/6 3 5 49 -5
D. Lillard 39 34 5 3 2 1 3 2 12/26 3/9 7/7 2 3 45 -6
E. Turner 35 12 10 4 1 0 1 4 3/7 2/3 4/4 1 9 30 -9
M. Harkless 34 11 3 1 2 1 0 5 5/13 1/6 0/0 2 1 19 -10
N. Vonleh 23 2 5 4 0 0 2 4 1/5 0/0 0/0 1 4 13 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Connaughton 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/2 1/1 0 0 3 +5
A. Crabbe 21 3 2 1 1 0 0 2 1/5 1/3 0/2 0 2 8 -5
S. Napier 10 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 1/2 0 0 4 -8
A. Aminu 23 0 3 0 0 0 2 3 0/5 0/1 0/0 0 3 1 -8
M. Leonard 6 0 2 1 0 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 0 2 -4
E. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Ezeli - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nurkic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Quarterman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 109 38 15 8 3 14 25 40/93 11/30 18/22 11 27 174 -60
Warriors
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 35 32 10 2 0 1 3 2 12/20 2/6 6/7 1 9 44 +1
S. Curry 35 29 5 4 1 1 5 5 9/19 3/8 8/8 1 4 39 +5
D. Green 36 19 12 9 3 5 1 4 6/10 3/4 4/7 1 11 56 +15
K. Thompson 35 15 3 2 1 1 2 1 6/16 1/6 2/2 2 1 22 +14
Z. Pachulia 12 4 2 1 0 0 2 3 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 6 +4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 35 32 10 2 0 1 3 2 12/20 2/6 6/7 1 9 44 +1
S. Curry 35 29 5 4 1 1 5 5 9/19 3/8 8/8 1 4 39 +5
D. Green 36 19 12 9 3 5 1 4 6/10 3/4 4/7 1 11 56 +15
K. Thompson 35 15 3 2 1 1 2 1 6/16 1/6 2/2 2 1 22 +14
Z. Pachulia 12 4 2 1 0 0 2 3 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 6 +4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Clark 12 12 2 0 1 0 0 2 4/5 2/2 2/2 1 1 15 +5
J. McGee 9 6 5 1 0 2 0 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 3 2 15 +8
A. Iguodala 32 2 2 4 1 0 2 3 0/1 0/1 2/2 0 2 11 +8
S. Livingston 15 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 5 0
J. McAdoo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
P. McCaw 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
D. West 13 0 3 2 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 6 +3
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Looney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 121 45 26 7 10 16 24 43/81 11/27 24/28 9 36 219 +60