Golden State Warriors 131-104 LA Clippers: Stephen Curry and Co seal top spot in Western Conference as they pay homage to 2007 side with throwback white ‘We Believe’ jerseys
- Stephen Curry scored 27 points as Golden State Warriors beat the LA Clippers
- It was the Warriors’ final regular-season game at Oracle Arena before they move
- Golden State wore throwback white ‘We Believe’ jerseys worn during the 2007 play-off run that snapped a 12-year post-season drought
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 six of seven field goals, as the Warriors players opted to honour the past by sporting throwback white ‘We Believe’ jerseys worn during the 2007 play-off run that snapped a 12-year post-season drought.
A banner commemorating 47 years at Oracle was unveiled afterwards and it will move across the bay to hang inside new Chase Center in San Francisco where the Warriors will play next season.
Stephen Curry scored 27 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the LA Clippers on Sunday
The Warriors wore throwback white ‘We Believe’ jerseys worn during the 2007 play-off run
‘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 3-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 their third straight. Now, the Clippers play the Jazz in the regular-season finale on Wednesday and with various scenarios very well could be returning to Oracle next weekend for Game 1 in the first round of the play-offs.
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.
Draymond Green (left) just missed a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists
Even with the play-offs 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 play-offs?’ 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 match-ups and 15th in 17 at home.
Golden State made 10 of their first 13 shots – Durant hitting his initial four and Curry starting three for three. Curry wound up just three for 10 from deep.
Landry Shamet scored 17 points with five 3-pointers as LA lost 131-104 at the Oracle Arena
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