Kevin Durant made his long-awaited return after a 19-game absence through injury to help his Golden State Warriors (66-14) topple the New Orleans Pelicans (33-47) 123-101 on Saturday night.

Durant, playing his first game since February 28th after suffering a left knee injury, scored 16 points along with 10 rebounds and six assists, and shot 40 percent from the floor.

The All-Star forward marked his comeback in impressive fashion, with a number of flashy plays. He began his return with a baseline reverse dunk, after breezing past Alexis Ajinca on the wing to notch his first points.

There were little signs of fatigue, as not only did Durant play the most minutes for Golden State (30), he was only outlasted on the floor by one other player, New Orleans’ Jrue Holiday (32) — a promising sign for the Warriors.

There were several standout performances from the Warriors, who were without their influential guard Stephen Curry through injury, as seven players scored in double digits.

Klay Thompson added a team-high 20 points in 27 minutes, while Ian Clark (17 points) and Javale McGee (16 points, seven rebounds) produced some valuable minutes off the bench. Andre Iguodala continued his impressive run of recent form with a further 15 points on 70 percent shooting, on a night where the Warriors’ second unit scored over 50 combined points (58) for the eighth time this season.

With DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis out for the Pelicans, the result should never have been in doubt for the leaders of the Western Conference. But New Orleans more than held their own, chasing a mere eight-point deficit going into the break.

However, an explosive third quarter from Golden State elevated them past the Pelicans and granted themselves a lead that they never looked like surrendering, outscoring their opponents 39-22 in the third.

Quinn Cook had a career night as he notched a game-high 22 points on 76.9 percent shooting off the bench, while Jordan Crawford pitched in an admirable 21 points.

This victory marks the Warriors’ 14th straight, the longest winning streak in the league this season, as they look to finish the regular season with authority. New Orleans, on the other hand, are now on a four-game losing slide, which they will hope to see end against the L.A. Lakers on Tuesday in their penultimate regular season game.

Meanwhile, the Warriors will next face their Conference rivals, the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

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