Leonard, Spurs spoil Durant’s Warriors debut with blowout

San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard, left, recovers a loose ball past Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard, left, recovers a loose ball past Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

 

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 35 points and the San Antonio Spurs emphatically spoiled Kevin Durant’s long-awaited Warriors debut Tuesday with a 129-100 rout that sent Golden State fans for the exits early on opening night.

Durant had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but little looked in sync for MVP Stephen Curry and the reigning Western Conference champions in a forgettable first game — and quite a different one after the Warriors dominated at home and came out of the blocks last season with a record 24-0 start.

Leonard scored 31 points by the end of the third, LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and 14 rebounds and Gregg Popovich thoroughly outdid a couple of his close friends on the opposite bench in reigning NBA Coach of the Year Steve Kerr and top assistant Mike Brown.

Yes, San Antonio sent quite a message to the West.

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