Stephen Curry had 32 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Kevin Durant added 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors opened their quest for a three-peat by holding off the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-100 on Tuesday night.

Golden State needed a strong fourth quarter to win on a festive night after the two-time defending champions received their 2018 rings in a pregame ceremony shortly before tipoff and began the final season at Oracle Arena before a move across San Francisco Bay to new Chase Center .

“It’s a great move for the organization. We know that but this place is special, so we want to make sure this is a special season,” coach Steve Kerr said.

The Golden State Warriors celebrate after receiving their championship rings after an awards ceremony to recognize the team’s NBA championship prior to a basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Klay Thompson shot just 5 of 20 for 14 points while center Damian Jones scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting for the Warriors in his first career start and 26th game.

Paul George scored 27 points for the Thunder, who struggled to find an offensive groove while missing star Russell Westbrook because of knee surgery last month.

Oklahoma City trailed by 10 at the break then came out of halftime making 9-of-12 shots to go ahead 69-66 before the Warriors rallied.

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a score against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Versatile Warriors All-Star Draymond Green, limited during the preseason by a sore knee, wound up with two points, 13 rebounds and five assists in nearly 33 minutes. Kerr plans to monitor his minutes in the early games.

“He told me if you look tired, I’m taking you out, so, maybe I’ll try to hide it,” Green joked at morning shootaround.

Curry, who shot 11 for 20 with five 3s, notched 17 30-point performances during his injury-shortened 2017-18 season.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, left, receives his championship ring from team co-owner Joe Lacob, center, and Peter Guber during an awards ceremony to recognize the Warriors’ NBA championship prior to a basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

These teams met in a season opener for the first time — though the Warriors won on the road against the Seattle SuperSonics in 1983.

Golden State lost last year’s opener at Oracle after a title run, 122-121 to the Rockets.

MOMENT OF SILENCE

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson celebrates after receiving his championship ring during an awards ceremony to recognize the Warriors’ NBA championship prior to an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The Warriors showed a photo of late Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen on the big screen wearing a Portland hat, offering a tribute and moment of silence. Allen, a Microsoft co-founder who also owned the Seattle Seahawks, died Monday in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his company Vulcan Inc. He was 65

ROCK THE VOTE

Kerr encouraged fans to register to vote in a #RockTheVote message on the scoreboard, while the Warriors also did so on social media with Twitter and Facebook posts.

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook sits on the bench at the start of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

THE RINGS

Players’ rings — what the team said are the first reversible championship rings ever — were lowered from the rafters with blue and yellow lightsabers.

Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, right, embraces NBA commissioner Adam Silver during a ring ceremony prior to a basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Kerr called them “obscenely beautiful” and noted he much prefers the banner raising for its significance.

At the end of the ceremony, Curry took the microphone and called out longtime equipment manager and director of team operations Eric Housen to receive his ring in a lovely gesture to someone so important to the operation behind the scenes.

Recently retired big man David West, part of the last two title teams, sat courtside and received his ring.

Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, left, receives his championship ring from team co-owners Joe Lacob, right, and Peter Guber during an awards ceremony to recognize the Warriors’ NBA championship prior to an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Representatives from each of the franchise’s championship seasons were on hand for the festivities.

TIP-INS

Thunder: OKC started 1 for 9 missing its initial three 3-point tries and went 6 of 23 in the opening period (1 for 9 on 3s). … The Thunder were outrebounded 57-46 but grabbed 16 on the offensive glass. … C Steven Adams started after he had been questionable with lower back stiffness.

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson celebrates after receiving his championship ring during an awards ceremony to recognize the Warriors’ NBA championship prior to an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Warriors: Andre Iguodala experienced left calf tightness and played 10 minutes all in the first half. … Reserve G Shaun Livingston, who had been questionable with right foot soreness, played 14 minutes. … In a thoughtful move, the Warriors placed the three trophies from recent titles near the employee entrance so they could pose for photos before going to work. “One of the hallmarks of our organization is everybody matters, everybody is pulling in the same direction,” Kerr said. … Two-way F Alfonzo McKinnie made his Warriors debut as the first former Wisconsin-Green Bay player for Golden State. Then in the fourth, Jonas Jerebko made his debut to become the first Swedish-born player to appear for the Warriors.

UP NEXT

Thunder: At Clippers on Friday.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Damian Jones during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Warriors: At Utah on Friday.

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Source: The Associated Press

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