Warriors seal West’s No. 1 in Oracle season finale

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The Golden State Warriors clinched the No. 1 seed throughout the Western Conference playoffs with a 131-104 blowout win over the LA Clippers on Sunday night.

The Warriors, who had been battling with the Denver Nuggets for the top spot over the past few months, were led by Stephen Curry, who scored 27 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists, while Kevin Durant added 16 points and seven assists.

Sunday’s game took on added meaning for the Warriors given that it was the final regular-season game at Oracle Arena. The Warriors move to Chase Center in San Francisco in September after 47 years in Oakland. After the game ended, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr spoke to the crowd, thanking them for their support over the years in the building. After Kerr’s speech, he unveiled a banner that will hang in Chase Center. It reads: “Oakland, California 47 seasons.”nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“It was kind of strange, to be honest with you,” Kerr said of speaking to the fans. “It was a really nice moment. All of the fans stuck around, which was great, but we’re coming right back and playing Game 1 Saturday or Sunday. Hopefully, we’ll have another send-off in a grander manner.”7

The Warriors celebrated the occasion by wearing jerseys from the “We Believe” era, which was highlighted by the Warriors defeating the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 playoffs, becoming the first 8-seed to knock off a No. 1 seed in a seven-game series. Curry came to the arena wearing a Monta Ellis jersey, celebrating the player he spent time with in the Warriors’ backcourt when he first came into the league.

As Curry took off his warm-up shirt after lineup introductions, he smiled wide and joyfully screamed while revealing the jersey. While he acknowledged that he didn’t feel many extra emotions driving to the arena knowing that the playoffs begin at Oracle next weekend, he started to feel some more as the game drew closer.

“It’s definitely a different feel,” Curry said. “Just in terms of what tonight means. Closing out 47 regular seasons playing in this building so — and then especially when we saw the throwback jerseys in our lockers. That’s when I think it became a little bit real, like tonight’s a different celebration, so a pretty cool night all the way around. Glad we got the win in the fashion that we did. Just a night of celebration blending the history and the present, and [I’m] looking forward to next weekend.”

The crowd was noticeably more energetic at the beginning of the game, especially after a short video tribute to Warriors great Al Attles played after the first timeout. Attles, who was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, has spent more than 50 years within the Warriors organization in various roles.