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story.lead_photo.caption Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

Kevin Durant is returning to the Golden State lineup.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Durant will play in Game 5, with the two-time defending champions facing elimination. Durant had missed Golden State's last nine games with a strained calf.

The 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals MVP was cleared by the Warriors' medical staff last week to attempt a return. Durant practiced Sunday and was a full participant in the Warriors' shootaround practice Monday.

Durant had a 51-point game in Toronto against the Raptors in November.

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