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Warriors Start Hamptons Five, Showing Urgency in Win Over Rockets

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors survived a taut and contentious opening game of their highly anticipated second-round series with the Houston Rockets thanks to copious amounts of a supremely grooved Kevin Durant — and one crucial late dagger from Stephen Curry.

With the Warriors playing just 36 hours and change after being dragged by the Los Angeles Clippers to a costly sixth game — in which Klay Thompson and Curry sustained ankle injuries — Kerr moved the wily supersub Andre Iguodala into his starting lineup and shifted the 6-foot-7 Draymond Green to center.

Still stinging from last season’s epic conference finals in which it squandered two chances to eliminate Golden State, Houston is well aware that this rematch — albeit one round earlier — has again been widely billed as the de facto N.B.A.

“When you land three feet ahead of where you shoot the ball from, that really ain’t my issue,” Green said, arguing that Harden did not deserve more than his 14 trips to the foul line because he repeatedly leaned into the defender or extended his arms in search of a whistle.

According to four people familiar with the courtships who were not authorized to discuss them publicly, Philadelphia made lucrative attempts last July to hire Warriors General Manager Bob Myers or Houston’s Daryl Morey to take over the 76ers’ front office.

The Warriors duly made Morey’s caution look prudent with the way they kept feeding a patient and efficient Durant in the fourth quarter, rendered Houston’s Clint Capela a nonfactor and ultimately secured a 1-0 series lead to take into Tuesday night’s Game 2.

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