The Golden State Warriors celebrated a narrow victory at the start of the play-offs in the North American professional basketball league NBA.

The Golden State Warriors celebrated a narrow victory at the start of the play-offs in the North American professional basketball league NBA. The six-time champions won 117-116 at the Memphis Grizzlies with superstar Ja Morant. The best scorers for the Warriors were Jordan Poole with 31 and Stephen Curry with 24 points. Morant scored the most points for the hosts with 34 and Jaren Jackson with 33.

German international Daniel Theis and the Boston Celtics had earlier started the quarter-finals with a defeat. The record champion lost 89-101 in game one of the best-of-seven series against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks. Theis came off the bench and recorded two points and two rebounds in just over four minutes of action.

Maxi Kleber and the Dallas Mavericks will start the knockout round on Tuesday night. They have to play against main round leader Phoenix Suns.