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Kevin Durant will play for Warriors against Spurs after two-game absence

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SAN ANTONIO - Following a two-game absence, Kevin Durant will be available to play Monday evening against the Spurs, coach Steve Kerr Kerr announced. 

While Durant, who injured his ankle March 10, could've made his return in Saturday's 110-88 blowout win over the Thunder, Kerr opted to give the forward an extra day of rest with a back to back with the Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves looming. 

"I'm excited to play again," Durant said following Monday's shootaround in San Antonio.

In Durant's absence, the Warriors had two of their biggest wins of the season, beating the Rockets 106-104 Wednesday night, followed by Saturday's blowout win Oklahoma City three nights later. Over the stretch, Golden State's defense has improved, as they've allowed just 96 points per game the last two games. 

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"We're doing a good job," Durant said of his team's defensive performance. "We're forcing teams into what they don't want. Against Houston, we forced James [Harden] off the 3-point line, we didn't let him dance, or shoot his step-back 3-pointer as much ... and last game, I think we did a good job on Westbrook, forcing him into tough shots all night."

Durant is averaging 27.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 65 games this season.