OAKLAND, Calif. — Champions Golden State Warriors opened their 2018 NBA playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs with a comfortable 113-92 victory in Game 1 at ORACLE Arena on Saturday.
Two-time MVP Stephen Curry, who has been sidelined since March 23 with a sprained left knee, did not play in the opening game of the seven-game series.
Curry is expected to sit out the entire first round, but head coach Steve Kerr said his star point guard has been making progress.
“When he’s ready, he’s ready but he’s making progress, which is a good sign,” Kerr said.
Klay Thompson scored 27 points and shot 11 of 13 from the floor, including 5 for 6 from 3-pointers and Kevin Durant finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the way for the Warriors.
“We did not end the season on a high note, we kind of hobbled into the playoffs,” Thompson noted. “We know how talented we are. We know how good we are.
“We have been here before in the postseason and know what it takes to win.”
Seven-footer JaVale McGee started on Saturday and contributed 15 points, while Draymond Green added 12 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and two steals for Golden State, which shot 54-percent from the field and held San Antonio the cold-shooting San Antonio to just 40-percent.
The Warriors, who never trailed in this game, had 32 assists on 44 field goals.
Rudy Gay led the way for Spurs with 15 points six rebounds and two steals off the bench, but leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge, who averaged over 23-points this season, was restricted to 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting.
“We were just very overly excited, overzealous,” San Antonio guard Danny Green, who scored six points, said.
“Overreacting to a lot of things because we are so excited that we’re in the playoffs and playing, obviously, the best team in the world.”
Bryn Forbes scored 14 points off the bench in the defeat for San Antonio, which played without injured star forward Kawhi Leonard.