Kevin Durant gets his knee worked on pregame Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Kevin Durant gets his knee worked on pregame Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors win easily in KD’s return

OAKLAND — The game at Oracle Arena was largely meaningless: The Golden State Warriors had clinched homecourt advantage through the playoffs, from which the New Orleans Pelicans were already eliminated.

Stephen Curry sat out with a “left knee contusion.” The Pelicans didn’t even bring their two All-Star centers, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.

The Warriors won, 123-101.

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Kevin Durant gets his knee worked on pregame Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

But, Kevin Durant did return from a 19-game absence. And he did well in his return, securing a double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds) while announcing his presence with authority by sending home a dunk for his first two points of the contest.

“I just tried to make it as normal as possible,” he said about his pregame routine that featured a lot of smiling. “… Just tried to play the right way. Let everything else fall in line after that.”

But as one forward returned, another went down as Matt Barnes left the game with a right ankle/foot sprain. He received an X-ray, which returned nothing of concern.

“It seems pretty minor,” head coach Steve Kerr said.

Barnes was seen walking through the hall in a boot after the game.

So, now there are just two games remaining on the schedule — against the Utah Jazz on Monday and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday — before embarking on another playoff run.

“It couldn’t get here any faster,” said a typically sage Klay Thompson. “… We all can’t wait, we’ve been waiting for this the whole year.”



BONUS: The game wasn’t all that interesting, but there was some star sighting going on.

Drake sat courtside with general manager Bob Myers.

And, Draymond brought his son, Draymond Jr. to the press conference room after the game.

Contact Jacob C. Palmer at or on Twitter, @jacobc_palmer.Draymond GreenGolden State WarriorsKevin DurantKlay ThompsonNew Orleans PelicansSteve Kerr

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