Durant, Curry shine for Warriors in final playoff tuneup

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant follows through on a 3-point basket during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Perfectionist Kevin Durant picked on two open 3-point tries he missed.

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"I feel like I can go to another level," he said.

The Golden State Warriors are counting on it.

KD hardly looks like a player who just returned from a 19-game absence because of a knee injury. More like a superstar ready to carry his team through a special postseason run.

"Yeah, I'll say. He looked great tonight," coach Steve Kerr said. "I thought he was spectacular with his shooting."

Durant had 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists in his final playoff tuneup, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Lakers 109-94 in both teams' final regular-season game Wednesday night.

"I still got a long way to go to feel right, feel like me. I'm moving in the right direction," Durant said.

Stephen Curry added 20 points, eight assists and five rebounds for the playoff-bound, top-seeded Warriors (67-15), poised for what they're counting on being another deep run.

Klay Thompson scored 12 points as coach Steve Kerr rested Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green.

Jordan Clarkson led all five Lakers starters in double figures with 17 points.

A day after a fierce and fun 3-point shootout following practice, Durant said before the game he hoped to have found his shooting touch - then went out and shot 11 for 16 and made 5 of 7 3s, while Curry also hit five from deep.

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"It's a little preview what he's going to do in the postseason," Thompson said.

"For a guy that talented it's only going to take so long to knock the cobwebs off and the rust off," Curry said.

After the game, as streamers fell, Curry took the microphone and thanked the sellout crowd for "all your support" and asked the fans to continue to bring that energy for the postseason.

Golden State was short-handed with 11 available bodies with mostly big men, prompting Kerr to say ahead of time "It will be a weird night for sure."

Patrick McCaw added 13 points and JaVale McGee 11 off the bench for the Warriors, who wrapped up the league's best record and the No. 1 seed in the West with a win last week at Phoenix. The Warriors are the first franchise in NBA history to win at least 67 games in three straight seasons.

Two-time reigning MVP Curry finished the season with 324 3-pointers, the NBA's second-most ever in a single season behind his record 402 last season.

Kerr had a reason for resting Green aside from fatigue.

"What I've found with Draymond, if the game is meaningless, then so is Draymond," Kerr chuckled. "I'm kidding, I'm kidding. Draymond needs some stakes, he needs the competition, he needs the game to be meaningful."

The Lakers had their five-game winning streak snapped - the team's longest unbeaten stretch in four years - while the Warriors saw their 14-game winning streak end against the Jazz at home Monday night.

Los Angeles shot just 4 for 17 from 3-point range while playing a back-to-back after beating the Pelicans at home Tuesday.

The Golden State Warriors face the Portland Trailblazers on ABC7 Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

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