Curry guides Warriors past Thunder in opener

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The Warriors led 31-23 after the opening quarter, getting 12 points from Curry and 10 points from Kevin Durant in the first frame.

The Thunder did not have guard Russell Westbrook, who underwent a knee procedure late in the off-season.

Cleveland edged Boston in the opening game before Houston ruined Golden State's championship ring celebration with a victory over the Warriors in the nightcap. "Filling the hand up before we get outta here!"

When the powers that be sat down to select four teams to feature for 2018-19 National Basketball Association opening night logically the would include two Eastern and two Western Conference teams.

More talent than the team that has won three of the last four NBA Finals and includes Stephen Curry, a two-time regular season MVP and all-time great shooter; Kevin Durant, a regular season and two-time NBA Finals MVP and all-time scorer; Klay Thompson, one of the league's most efficient shooters; Draymond Green, a Defensive Player of the Year award victor; and Andre Iguadala, a former Finals MVP - and just added Demarcus Cousins, one of the league's best (albeit injured) centers? While the Warriors may very well have more rings and banners in their future, this is the last time they'll be celebrating at Oracle, as the team will move to Chase Center in San Francisco next season.

"We played a solid game, nothing spectacular, we had a lot of mistakes", Curry said. The Houston Rockets are Golden State's biggest threat after taking them to seven games in last year's conference finals, and the Boston Celtics are the favorites in the East after making two consecutive conference finals appearances.

The Warriors celebrated their 2017-18 title win ahead of tip-off in their season opener against the Thunder, with a new banner unfurled in the rafters at Oracle Arena.

Curry's three-point play came after the Thunder, down by 14 in the first half, had closed within 99-97 when Steven Adams converted the second of two free throws with 1:57 to go. Maybe Houston will be more cautious with Paul after an injury cut his postseason short, but he only played 58 games a year ago.

This season's team will split the difference between last season's "Ugh, do we have to?" campaign and the 2015-16 tour de force. I know it's hard to keep up with it.

The Warriors will be consistently in games when defeat looms, and still wind up pulling out the win.

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