Golden State Warriors begin National Basketball Association defence with victory

Thunder will not watch Warriors ring ceremony from the floor

Thunder will not watch Warriors ring ceremony from the floor

Golden State began its chase for a three-peat with a 108-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunders.

It was another banner-raising night for the Golden State Warriors and star man Kevin Durant.

"I think we let our guard down", Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters. "I'll have to evaluate it after today, and probably when we land in San Francisco to see how he's feeling at that point in time". We've got to take care of the ball better. "So they were within striking distance". He has been consulting a sport psychologist for almost a year in the buildup to his return, so it's little wonder Hayward focused more afterward on the almost 25 incident-free minutes he logged rather than his modest 10 points (on 4-for-12 shooting)."For sure it went through my mind", Hayward said of the devastating opening night he will never forget."It's a big part of my life".

Steph Curry took the mic to thank the Warrior fans for their support during their championship run.

Kerr knows his players are still getting in shape and looked exhausted, saying: "We didn't look much like ourselves".

Oklahoma City tied the game twice in the fourth quarter, but would never get back the lead.

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After averaging 20.0 points, 3.8 rebounds (career-high) and 2.5 assists per game previous year, winning his third National Basketball Association ring, Klay Thompson started the season with a new look, sporting a beard and long hair.

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. The 2014 MVP finished with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

"We played a solid game, nothing spectacular, we had a lot of mistakes", Curry said.

As Schroder says the team did a better job of being aggressive in the third quarter, they still managed to attack and drive the lane in the first half but the results were more fruitful in the third quarter.

Barkley said he thought the Houston Rockets, who were the best regular season team a year ago, had taken "a step back" after losing Luc Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza in free agency.

Without Westbrook, there was considerable offensive slack for Paul George to pick up, but there was also added defensive attention from the Warriors' long and formidable defense. But a win is a win and you keep it moving.

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