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STEPH CURRY led the way as defending NBA champions Golden State Warriors kicked off their regular-season campaign with a 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On a special night at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors were presented with custom-made reversible rings in recognition of last season’s championship win, Curry showed his class with 32 points.
Kevin Durant also weighed in with 27 points to ensure Golden State, despite an impressive start, came from behind in the fourth quarter to celebrate Ring Night in style.
The Warriors’ victory was soured by a minor calf injury sustained by sixth man Andre Iguodala in the second quarter.
Paul George, in the absence of injured point guard Russell Westbrook, registered 27 points for the Thunder.
Jayson Tatum had 23 points and nine rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-87 at TD Garden.
Fit-again pair Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving made winning returns to the Celtics’ side, although both appeared rusty.
Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Ben Simmons finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists.
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