News ID: 232925
Published: 0318 GMT October 17, 2018

Curry, Durant lead Warriors past Thunder in NBA opener

Curry, Durant lead Warriors past Thunder in NBA opener
Stephen Curry (3rd R) of the Golden State Warriors goes for the basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, USA, on October 16, 2018.

Stephen Curry had 32 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Kevin Durant added 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors opened their quest for a three-peat by holding off the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-100 on Tuesday night.

Golden State needed a strong fourth quarter to win on a festive night after the two-time defending champions received their 2018 rings in a pregame ceremony shortly before tipoff and began the final season at Oracle Arena before a move across San Francisco Bay to new Chase Center, AP reported.

"It's a great move for the organization. We know that but this place is special, so we want to make sure this is a special season," coach Steve Kerr said.

Klay Thompson shot just five of 20 for 14 points while center Damian Jones scored 12 points on six-of-seven shooting for the Warriors in his first career start and 26th game.

Paul George scored 27 points for the Thunder, who struggled to find an offensive groove while missing star Russell Westbrook because of knee surgery last month.


CELTICS 105  76ERS 87


Jayson Tatum had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Boston Celtics beat Philadelphia in the season opener for both teams.

Marcus Morris added 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Al Horford had nine points and five blocks.

The Celtics survived a lethargic start and rough shooting night but rallied to lead by as many as 18 in the second half.

Boston won despite shooting just 43 percent (42 of 97) from the field and 30 percent from the three-point line (11 of 37). But the Celtics' struggles didn't dampen the mood inside TD Garden for the return to regular-season action for Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving.

Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Ben Simmons finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists.


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