Kevin Durant immediately answered any questions about his knee with a big dunk

Durant threw down a reverse dunk in his return from injury.

Kevin Durant played in his first game back from injury on Saturday in the Golden State Warriors’ matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans, and the former league MVP looked like he hadn’t missed a beat.

Granted, Durant shot only 2-of-8 in the first half, but he appeared to be moving fine on his knee. He had suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain just two minutes into a Feb. 28 loss to the Washington Wizards. The injury kept the Warriors’ leading scorer out for five weeks.

Golden State was able to retain the West’s No. 1 seed without its All-Star forward. Durant actually scored another bucket while I typed this story. And now that he’s back in the lineup, the Warriors look ready to make a deep playoff run for the third-straight season.

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Business licenses: April 9, 2017

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Denver wins 2017 NCAA hockey tournament championship

Jarid Lukosevicius’ hat trick gave the Pioneers their first tournament win since 2005.

A second period hat trick from Jarid Lukosevicius was just enough to lift Denver over Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 for their eighth NCAA hockey tournament championship.

Denver was far-and-away the NCAA’s best team this year with a 31-7-4 record, and they they breezed through the tournament without much trouble. The tournament final, however, was a different story.

The Pioneers started the game strong, dominating the shot chart with the game’s opening five shots. Though the game was scoreless after one, Minnesota-Duluth took control of play in the final half of the period.

In the second frame, it took 16 seconds for Lukosevicius and the Pioneers to go up 2-0. First, Lukosevicius redirected Michael Davies’ point shot in front of the net to draw first blood.

Then, thanks to the skill of Troy Terry — remember him from the World Juniors? — Lukosevicius got his second five minutes into the middle frame.

The Bulldogs showed life with a power play goal two minutes later from Alex Iafallo that cut the deficit to 2-1.

However, Lukosevicius would not be denied the second period hat trick at the 12 minute mark of the frame.

Denver dominated the rest of the way, until a horrific injury to Tariq Hammond derailed the game in the third period. Hammond crashed into the boards and bent his ankle in a way no leg should go, and he was stretchered off the ice

The momentum then shifted as Denver was clearly rocked by Hammond’s injury. Riley Tufte scored for Minnesota-Duluth with 5:21 to play, cutting the lead back to one with a key 3-2 strike.

Denver was able to hold the lead in the final moments, however, for their first NCAA championship since 2005.

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