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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and forward Draymond Green (23) block San Antonio Spurs forward Kyle Anderson (1) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez / Special to S.F. Examiner)

OAKLAND — Kawhi Leonard has played fewer than 10 games since he was injured in Oracle Arena during the Western Conference Finals. Without him, the San Antonio Spurs didn’t stand much of a chance against the Golden State Warriors.

Add Tony Parker, Dejounte Murray and Rudy Gay the visitors’ injury report, and you get an assured blow out — which the Dubs delivered, 122-105.

Klay Thompson led the way for Golden State. After two-plus quarters of uninspired basketball, Thompson energized his squad by dunking all over Davis Bertans.

Just watch the bench’s reaction.

Thompson finished with 25 points on 14 shots. He missed just one three in the game.

Bertans, who is actually a serviceable player and seems perfect for Gregg Popovich’s system, didn’t see his night improve after Thompson’s dunk. Draymond Green put him on a poster as well later in the quarter.

It wasn’t exactly a show of force for the Warriors, who improved to 43-13, but it was a convincing-enough win that Stephen Curry didn’t have to play in the fourth quarter.

Another interesting wrinkle of the contest: JaVale McGee played exactly how the team wants him to. He played high-impact minutes (7 points, 3 rebounds and a block that few else could pull off).

If the Dubs are going to waive anyone to add scoring from the buyout market (think: Joe Johnson), they’ll consider McGee or Omri Casspi, who struggled in limited minutes and has had a difficult time proving himself worthy of a spot in the rotation in recent weeks.

One person who won’t be available to provide shooting: former Warrior Marco Belinelli, who agreed to terms with the Philadelphia 76ers during the game.

Contact Jacob C. Palmer at jpalmer@sfexaminer.com or on Twitter, @jacobc_palmer.

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