Steph Curry led the way as defending NBA champions Golden State Warriors kicked off their regular campaign with a 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On a special night at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors were presented with custom-made reversible rings in recognition of last season’s championship win, Curry showed his class with 32 points.
Kevin Durant also weighed in with 27 points to ensure Golden State, despite an impressive start, came from behind in the fourth quarter to celebrate Ring Night in style.
The Warriors’ victory was soured by a minor calf injury sustained by sixth man Andre Iguodala in the second quarter.
Paul George, in the absence of injured point guard Russell Westbrook, registered 27 points for the Thunder.
Jayson Tatum had 23 points and nine rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-87 at TD Garden.
Fit-again pair Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving made winning returns to the Celtics’ side, although both appeared rusty.
Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Ben Simmons finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists.
Golden State star Stephen Curry delivered a scintillating performance with an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers taking the defending champion Warriors past LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Curry’s effort helped Golden State to a 122-103 win and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven finals. After the game, Curry was lauded by his team and opponents for a memorable effort.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said: “He was tremendous. Nine threes and he seemed to hit a big shot every time we needed one.”
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Golden State Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals with a dominating performance against Cleveland Cavaliers and now look good to win their third crown in four seasons.
Warriors guard Klay Thompson played the game while nursing an ankle injury that almost ruled him out of action. When asked about it, Thompson said: “I didn’t realise how much you use your ankle until you hurt it.”
Stephen Curry, who registered a record nine 3-pointers in the game, teased Thompson he should have asked him about it given he has battled ankle injuries throughout his career.
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