SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jordan Poole shined in his long-awaited playoff debut and the Golden State Warriors’ defense smothered Nikola Jokic to beat the Denver Nuggets 123-107 in the opener of their first-round playoff series.

Poole, staying in the starting lineup as Stephen Curry returned from a foot injury by coming off the bench initially, scored a game-high 30 points.

Healthy at last, Klay Thompson returned to the playoff stage for the first time in nearly three years and scored 19 points with five 3-pointers.

Jokic had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Denver, facing stifling defense from Draymond Green and Kevon Looney while shooting 12 for 25.

Game 2 is set for Mon., April 18, at 8 p.m., Mountain time.