Curry leads War­riors to No. 1 seed in West­ern Con­fer­ence

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in the West by los­ing its third straight. Now, the Clip­pers play the Jazz in the reg­u­larsea­son 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.

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.

“We just got frus­trated with not mak­ing shots and against them you have to make shots,” Rivers said. HONOR­ING OR­A­CLE The War­riors played their 1,936th reg­u­larsea­son game at Or­a­cle, where the first game was held on Oct. 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.

“I think sports his­tory is go­ing to re­mem­ber those teams that played here,” Shamet said.


Clip­pers: Rivers would like to play the War­riors in the play­offs, just not in the first round. “If you want to win, you’ve got to play some­body at some point. We’re not dodg­ing,” Rivers said. “I just want to be healthy and play­ing great in the play­offs. Do we want to play the War­riors in the play­offs? Yes. Do we want to do it in the first round? Prob­a­bly not, but you’ve got to take it when you get it.” ... Los An­ge­les is 04 with­out Bev­er­ley, who missed his third straight game . ... The Clip­pers were outscored 42-18 in the third . ... All five starters reached dou­ble figur es.

War­riors: A trib­ute to Al At­tles was shown on the big screen dur­ing a first-quar­ter time­out for his se­lec­tion into the Nai­smith Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame. At­tles, a for­mer player, coach, gen­eral man­ager with the War­riors and cur­rent am­bas­sador, hasn’t been well enough to at­tend games this sea­son but re­ceived an ova­tion . ... Cousins re­ceived his third foul 6:49 be­fore half­time on a de­bat­able charge . ... Shaun Livingston, who had been ques­tion­able with a bruised left knee, made all four of his shots in 13 min­utes . ... Ev­ery War­riors player scored . ... An­dre Iguo­dala sat out with a sore left toe . ... Golden State fin­ished 30-11 at home and 19-7 against the West­ern Con­fer­ence.

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