Not that the importance of a game against the Golden State Warriors really needs much description, but San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan nonetheless obliged following his team's 111-105 triumph over the two-time defending champion. But the Warriors also had 20 personal fouls to the Spurs' 12.
"To me it's a bit of a surprise to think that you haven't been with the group for a long time and you're straight into the starting line up".
"They play hard, a very good defensive team down the stretch".
In the last 2 games (both without Durant), the Warriors stifled James Harden and Houston to just 104 points.
Fortunately due to a slow schedule, he only had to miss two games, and he almost played on Saturday, although head coach Steve Kerr opted to give him more rest.
The Spurs' recent surge has helped them gain ground on the teams at the top of the standings, and Monday night's win over the Warriors helped San Antonio leap frog Oklahoma City after the Russell Westbrook-less Thunder fell to the Heat at home.
Bogut played for the Warriors from 2012 to 2016 and was a key member of Golden State's 2014-2015 championship team.
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Meanwhile, Michael Malone declared "it's party time" after the Denver Nuggets finally sealed an National Basketball Association playoff place on Monday.
Denver Nuggets, meanwhile, clinched a play-off spot for the first time since 2012-13 with a 114-105 victory over the Boston Celtics.
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki swished a 6-meter jumper with 8:35 left in the first quarter passing Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place on the NBA's career scoring list - but it wasn't enough for the Mavericks.
Durant shot nine-of-18 from the field and failed to make any of his four three-point attempts.
"I just got to try to figure it out on the fly", Bogut said.
The 34-year-old finished with seven points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes.
Kyle Lowry posted 15 points before he was forced to leave the game with an ankle injury as the Toronto Raptors drubbed the New York Knicks 128-92.