OAKLAND, Calif. — Months ago, when the season began, the Golden State Warriors focused all their energy on incorporating Kevin Durant.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson figured out how to share the shots with another superstar added to the mix, while Draymond Green adjusted to fewer attempts on offense and welcomed another defender who could wreak havoc and block shots.

When Durant returns from a left knee injury Saturday, barring any setbacks after missing more than a month, he’ll rejoin a group that appears poised for another deep postseason run. The Warriors have said they will settle for nothing less than a second title in three years after last season’s near miss.

Durant was medically cleared during a day off Thursday to resume full practice Friday. He is tentatively scheduled to play against New Orleans.

Golden State’s co-leading scorer along with Curry at 23.5 points per game and the top rebounder, Durant was hurt Feb. 28 at Washington when Marcin Gortat pushed Zaza Pachulia and Golden State’s center fell into Durant, who has missed 19 games since with a Grade 2 MCL sprain and bruised tibia.

“He’s been plugged in, understanding from game to game things we’ve been talking about, so mentally we’re all on the same page. I wouldn’t call it having to hit reset,” Curry said.


BULLS 102, 76ERS 90: Jimmy Butler had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and helped give Chicago’s playoff hopes a needed boost in the Bulls’ victory at Philadelphia.

The Bulls, Miami and Indiana entered the night with 38-40 records and in a three-way tie for seventh in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Butler had his fourth career triple-double.

Rajon Rondo sat out with a sprained right wrist and Dwyane Wade missed another game with a fractured right elbow. Wade, who scrimmaged on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured on March 15, could return Saturday at Brooklyn.

MAGIC 115, NETS 107: Elfrid Payton had 22 points, 11 assists and five rebounds to help Orlando beat visiting Brooklyn and stop a five-game losing streak.

Aaron Gordon added 21 points, Jodie Meeks scored 20, and Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Jeremy Lin led Brooklyn with 32 points.

WIZARDS 106, KNICKS 103: Bradley Beal scored 25 points and made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 49 seconds left as Washington won at New York.

John Wall added 24 points and eight assists for the Wizards, who blew a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter but recovered to tie Toronto for third place in the Eastern Conference.

PACERS 104, BUCKS 89: Paul George had 23 points and 10 rebounds and the Pacers beat Milwaukee in Indianapolis to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Jeff Teague added 15 points and seven assists for Indiana.