The Golden State Warriors picked up their 2017-18 championship rings and a win on the opening night of the NBA season.
Golden State squandered a double-digit half-time lead but re-took control in the fourth quarter and held on for a 108-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.
Stephen Curry led the way with 32 points while Kevin Durant recorded 27.
Paul George registered a team-high 27 points for Oklahoma City.
Thunder backcourt depleted early
Oklahoma City began 2018-19 with some major injury issues.
Thunder star Russell Westbrook missed the season opener as he continues to recover from an offseason knee procedure while Andre Roberson is expected to be out until at least early December.
In their place, Oklahoma City started Dennis Schroder and Terrance Ferguson in the backcourt. Schroder tallied an inefficient 21 points while Ferguson did not really contribute much at all. Veteran journeyman Raymond Felton was also unimpressive in his 14 minutes.
Schroder and Ferguson will be key pieces off the Thunder bench moving forward but their impact decreases when they are in the starting lineup.
Warriors offense was a thing of beauty, until it wasn't
The two-time defending champions picked up right where they left off offensively in the first half of the season opener.
The Warriors seemed to score whenever they wanted. They continued to get to the basket with creative off-ball cuts and screens while also finding shooters for open three-pointers.
The Warriors could not keep it up after half-time, though, as they went through a dry spell in the third quarter which let the Thunder back into it. They struggled with turnovers, as well, as they finished with 20 in the game.
Golden State also received a contribution from an unlikely spot on the floor as young centers Damian Jones and Kevon Looney combined for 22 points.
McCaw's absence shouldn't impact Warriors
Patrick McCaw's holdout continues, but his absence was barely noticeable on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old guard missed the season opener as he is a restricted free agent and has yet to sign a contract with Golden State. But, the Warriors had multiple options to fill his role.
Quinn Cook played 13 minutes and went one-for-two shooting from the field while Shaun Livingston continued to be a valuable third-guard off the bench. Golden State also have rookie Jacob Evans, who received a DNP in the game.
McCaw averaged four points and 1.4 assists in 16.9 minutes while shooting 23.8 per cent from three-point range last season.
|Kings, NBA launch joint investigation into Luke Walton sexual assault allegations|
|Curry: Warriors must erase memories of Game 5 loss to Williams-inspired Clippers|
|This game sucked – Thompson laments loss as Warriors miss chance to advance|
|Rockets close out Jazz, Clippers hold off Warriors|
|Rockets´ Capela explains why he wants to face Warriors|
|LeBron disputes reported rift with Lakers front office|
|Kerr calls Lillard´s game-winner against Thunder a ´good shot´|
|Russell ´definitely´ wants to stay with Nets|
|I was just waving goodbye to them - Lillard sends Thunder packing|
|Raptors, 76ers advance as Lillard´s buzzer-beater sends Blazers through|
|Lillard´s stunning buzzer-beating three eliminates Thunder|
|Embiid: 76ers can win NBA Finals|
|Cousins ´highly unlikely´ to return for Warriors in playoffs, says Kerr|
|Suns fire coach Kokoskov after one season|
|Defending Favors ´draining´ for Rockets – Harden|
|Mitchell thanks Jazz team-mates after flashing Game 4 warning at Rockets|
|Bucks´ progress an ´unbelievable journey´, says Giannis|
|Bucks complete sweep of Pistons, Jazz hold off Rockets|
|Nets´ Dudley doubles down on Simmons comments|
|McCollum driven by past Blazers failure|
|Warriors and Trail Blazers extend leads, Celtics reach Conference semis|
|Kerr backs Warriors star Curry to bounce back quickly|
|76ers star Butler, Nets´ Dudley fined after playoff clash|
|Warriors´ Thompson says he ended slump by jumping in ocean|
|Stevens proud of Celtics for keeping foot on the accelerator to sweep Pacers|
|DeRozan fined $25k for throwing ball at referee|
|Celtics sweep Pacers to advance to semi-finals|
|Oh, for real? I didn´t know! - Harden unaware of early shooting woes|
|76ers win thriller, Rockets overcome Harden struggles to move 3-0 ahead|
|We real cool – Lillard plays down Westbrook feud|
|Embiid trolls Warriors after 76ers take 3-1 lead over Nets|
|Dudley is ´a nobody´ – 76ers star Embiid|
|Irving feels Celtics ´have come a long way´ after beating Pacers again|
|Westbrook a man of his word - George hails Thunder star after prickly win|
|Raptors hold off Magic, Celtics extend lead over Pacers|
|Raptors star Leonard played through sickness against Magic|
|Malone urges Nuggets response to ´hungry´ White|
|Brown lauds exceptional Simmons after Sixers take series lead|
|Durant showed who he is – Kerr|
|76ers win without Embiid, Warriors bounce back in big way|
|Knicks confident they will appeal to stars|
|Embiid to miss 76ers´ game three against Nets|
|Tiger Woods´ Masters win hailed as ´greatest comeback´ by Michael Jordan|
|Irving: There´s ´nothing like´ delivering for the Celtics in the playoffs|
|We´re almost there - Harden sees Rockets peaking in playoffs|
|Giannis has faith in Budenholzer to keep him fresh|
|Zion Williamson assists couple with epic gender reveal dunk|
|Celtics rally for win over Pacers, Bucks pull away from Pistons|
|Simmons ´average´ in half-court offense, says Dudley|
|Durant needs to be more aggressive in playoffs - Kerr|
|New Pelicans chief Griffin confident Davis will stay|
|Malone proud of ´phenomenal´ Murray|
|We´ll be alright - Westbrook not pushing the panic button|
|A series doesn´t start until you win on the road, warns Lillard|
|Lowry hails Leonard display as Raptors level series|
|Raptors, Nuggets level NBA playoff matchups|
|MRI confirms torn quad for Warriors star Cousins|
|Clippers want series success after incredible comeback win over Warriors - Rivers|
|The wheels fell off - Curry not dwelling on Warriors´ historic loss|
|Warriors center Cousins ´out for a while´ with thigh injury|
|Clippers complete biggest comeback in NBA playoff history to stun Warriors|
|DeMarcus Cousins leaves Warriors-Clippers clash with quad injury|
|76ers equal NBA playoff record with stunning third quarter in Nets win|
|Doc Rivers thanks stranger for returning $2k he dropped on street|
|Embiid cleared to play Game 2 against Nets|
|Warriors star Durant undecided on future beyond NBA playoffs|
|Zion Williamson declares for 2019 NBA Draft|
|Sacramento Kings confirm Luke Walton as new coach|
|Rubio explains unorthodox defense of ´crazy´ Harden|
|Giannis not looking for protection from ´dirty´ playoff tactics|