Durant, Warriors Triumphant in Return to Seattle

Playing their initial diversion during KeyArena in Seattle given Dec of 2007, a Warriors degraded a Sacramento Kings 122-94 on Friday night to acquire their initial feat of a preseason. Kevin Durant, who was named a NBA Rookie of a Year as a member of a Seattle SuperSonics during a finish of that 2007-08 season, put on a uncover during a site of his veteran rising point, totaling 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in 26 minutes. Klay Thompson had a prohibited palm in a early going, scoring 19 of his game-high 30 points in a initial entertain to assistance build a double-digit advantage that Golden State would never relinquish.

Durant got a festivities off to a shrill start, as he denounced a Shawn Kemp Sonics jersey when announced in a starting lineup to a bark from a Seattle crowd. He afterwards grabbed a microphone during midcourt and thanked a assembly that cheered him on via his initial deteriorate in a NBA.

Once a round went adult in a air, Thompson seized a appetite in a locus and cranked it adult a few some-more notches with a gorgeous sharpened arrangement in a early going, over a march of that he knocked down 5 three-pointers within a initial 6 mins and 7 seconds. Golden State raced out to a 10-0 lead during a start, and confirmed a double-digit advantage for a rest of a competition following Thompson’s early onslaught.

The Dubs led 39-18 during a finish of a initial frame, and would serve enhance their lead over a subsequent dual quarters. Durant was mostly during a core of a activity, scoring 24 of his 26 points over a center periods. He sealed out a initial half with a breakaway dunk, and his 26-foot stepback three-pointer with 4:24 remaining in a third entertain gave Golden State their largest lead of a night during 96-55.

Durant was subbed out shortly thereafter, and did not lapse with a diversion good in hand. Steve Kerr emptied a dais in a fourth quarter, permitting a pot to finish off a contingent 122-94 victory.

With a win, Golden State evens their preseason record during 1-1. They’ll demeanour to make it dual victories in a quarrel when they host a Phoenix Suns during Oracle Arena on Monday night.

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