Kevin Durant makes return on Saturday

Although he returned Saturday, the Warriors were without Stephen Curry (knee contusion).

Now they just have to do it.

Durant said he felt great physically and that was obvious from the way he exploded off the floor for that dunk, cut to get open throughout the game and then smiled after he spilled to the floor in the second half. On the first offensive possession of the game, KD blew by Alexis Ajinca for a reverse slam. Smiles were wide and widely shared on the Warriors' bench.

"I knew it would get there at some point".

"I just want to go out there full throttle and see what happens", he added.

Kawhi Leonard starred for the Spurs with 28 points, but the Clippers got double-digits from six players - including DeAndre Jordan, who had 17 points and 17 rebounds. Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala may go down as one of the best bench pairings in National Basketball Association history if they stay together (maybe the Pels can steal Liv?) for this reason.

Meanwhile, the Pelicans played a depleted lineup without their "twin tower" Anthony Davis, sore left knee, and DeMarcus Cousins, right achilles tendinitis.

The two-time NBA MVP sustained the injury in Wednesday night's 120-111 win at Phoenix when he scored 42 points.

The result: Nine of Durant's game-high 10 rebounds were on the defensive glass, and overall the Warriors out-rebounded the Pelicans 53-34. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. New Orleans are on a losing streak and they need a win badly. They did all that without Kevin Durant.

With Durant healthy, Golden State have outscored opponents by 12.8 points, a rate that would be the best in history and top the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers' mark of 12.3.

As relieved as Durant is to be rejoining his teammates for this endeavor, he may have been even more enthusiastic about some of the simple things he was forced to go without as he rested and rehabilitated.

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 8: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors goes to the basket against the New Orleans Pelicans on April 8, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.

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