News ID: 241113
Published: 0959 GMT April 08, 2019

Curry leads Warriors to No. 1 seed in Western Conference

Curry leads Warriors to No. 1 seed in Western Conference
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (bottom) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers during an NBA basketball game in Oracle Arena in in Oakland, CA, the US, on April 7, 2019.

Soaking in the franchise's nostalgia of yesteryear, Stephen Curry scored 27 points and helped the Golden State Warriors clinch the Western Conference's top seed with a win in their final regular-season game at Oracle Arena, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 131-104 on Sunday night for a fifth straight victory.

Kevin Durant added 16 points and seven assists, making 6-of-7 field goals, as the Warriors players opted to honor the past by sporting throwback white "We Believe" jerseys worn during the 2007 playoff run that snapped a 12-year postseason drought, The Associated Press reported.

A banner commemorating 47 years at Oracle was unveiled afterward and it will move across the bay to hang inside new Chase Center in San Francisco where the Warriors will play next season.

"Let me just say that for 47 years, Warriors fans have stuck with us through thick and thin," coach Steve Kerr told fans moments after the final buzzer, also thanking the arena staff. "Let's be honest, most of those years have been a little thin."

Landry Shamet scored 17 points with five three-pointers for a Clippers team still missing Patrick Beverley because of a right hip pointer. Los Angeles dropped into a seventh-place tie with San Antonio in the Western Conference by losing its third straight. Now, the Clippers play the Jazz in the regular-season finale Wednesday and with various scenarios very well could be returning to Oracle next weekend for Game 1 in the first round of the playoffs.

Draymond Green just missed a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in Golden State's seventh win over the last eight games and fifth in a row at home. DeMarcus Cousins contributed 12 points, nine boards and four assists playing with foul trouble.

Even with the playoffs around the corner, this was a night of celebrating the end of a nearly five-decade run in the arena.

"Are they not going to make the playoffs?" Clippers coach Doc Rivers quipped. "I hope they don't make it. That would be phenomenal. I'm just saying, it would be."

The Warriors beat the Clippers for the 16th time in the last 18 matchups and 15th in 17 at home.

Golden State made 10 of its first 13 shots — Durant hitting his initial four and Curry starting 3-for-3. Curry wound up just 3-for-10 from deep.


Honoring Oracle


The Warriors played their 1,936th regular-season game at Oracle, where the first game was held on October 24, 1967, against Cincinnati. Golden State's overall record in the venue: 1,166-770.

"Since it's not really the last game here, I know it's a ceremonial final game, I didn't get too sentimental or emotional or anything because hopefully we will be coming back here and playing a lot more games in the next couple months," Kerr said. "I'll probably hold off onto the emotion until it actually happens."

Kerr narrated an appreciation video to fans and the arena on a night old favorites such as Sleepy Floyd, Rick Barry, Adonal Foyle and Marreese Speights were on hand for the festivities.

The Oakland Symphony performed at halftime as more highlights played.


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