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Durant shines in return from 19-game absence, knee injury

Kevin Durant's first touch after missing 19 games with a knee injury? Just a driving baseline reverse and emphatic one-handed slam.

Yes, indeed, KD looks healthy and ready for the playoffs even after five weeks on the sidelines.

Durant triumphantly returned to finish with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, helping the Golden State Warriors beat the undermanned New Orleans Pelicans 123-101 on Saturday night.

"You get a dunk first play of the game no matter how long you've been out that feels good," he said. "... I felt good putting my jersey on, running out with the team. It felt normal again. I'm a basketball player, I love playing basketball,...

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