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Los Angeles, CA.—The Golden State Warriors (1-0) on the night they received their third championship ring in four years defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder without the services of Superstar Russell Westbrook 108-100.
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Steph Curry who called ring night "an emotional night" made 5-9 from distance finished with a game-high 32 points. He looked like the best player on the floor from start to finish by also making plays for others dishing out a game-high 9 assist and also grabbing 8 rebounds.
Two-Time Finals MVP Kevin Durant who did not shoot the ball well from three (0-5) still showed how effective he can be on the floor despite an off shooting night. He scored 27 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 6 assist. The other All-Star Klay Thompson also didn't shoot the ball well only 1-8 from deep and 14 points.
The do everything guys had contributions Draymond Green had a game-high 13 rebounds. Center Damian Jones who got his first NBA start was very productive in his 27 minutes scoring 12 points on 6-7 from the field. Kevon Looney had a double-double off the bench (10 pts, 10 reb).
They were a +11 in rebounding (57-46) and a +7 in assist.
The Oklahoma City Thunder who came into opening night underdogs and short-handed without Westbrook were much more competitive then some may have thought.
Led by new $137 million dollar man Paul George who scored a team high 27 points on 9-23 from the field. He struggled in the first half but found his rhythm in second.
Newly acquired Dennis Schroder who came over from the Atlanta Hawks in the Carmelo Anthony deal stepped in for Westbrook and made the most of it and played well in his absence finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assist.
Steven Adams, according to TNT's Charles Barkley "the most underrated player in the league" The stallworth in the middle played well once again against these Warriors finishing with 17 points and a team high 11 rebounds. He continues to improve in his sixth year.
The Thunder just didn't have enough last night. They were missing their starting backcourt from a year Westbrook and Andre Roberson who is the perfect compliment to Westbrook for his dedication on the defensive end.
Now with Carmelo Anthony gone, and the additions of Schroder and Nerlens Noel to bring off the bench...the Thunder should be much improved.