San Francisco – Stephen Curry scores 46 points as the Warriors clinch the number No. 8 seed to begin the play-in tournament that begins next week. Golden State will either play the Los Angeles Lakers or the Portland Trailblazers to punch their ticket into the playoffs.
The Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 113-101 in their regular-season finale. Golden State finished the season with a six-game winning streak for the second time in franchise history (1950-51). Curry recorded his 11th 40-point game of the season and went 9-of-22 from the arc.
“I’ve been blessed to be back healthy and be able to play night in, night out at a high level, and the work that goes into it, it plays off, and it’s something that I really, really rely on, especially at this point in my career,” Curry said. “As the years go on, that is the difference maker for me.”
Curry’s scoring title reached new levels this season to reach his second NBA scoring title. Curry is the oldest (33) player to lead the NBA in scoring since Michael Jordan at age 35. He broke the Warriors all-time scoring record and put the team on his back this season to reach a level of his career that hadn’t happened before.
“He’s never been better, I can say that,” said Golden State’s head coach Steve Kerr. “He’s been great for a long time, though, so hard to say he’s at his best now because he’s been like this for years. I think what’s different this year is the supporting cast is different. We’ve got a younger team and he’s been asked to do a lot more. He’s gone above and beyond what we’ve asked him.”
“He’s like the Picasso of our time,” Juan Toscano-Anderson said. “You can’t have a knock on him. He’s the best doing it right now.”
The Warriors will be on the road to play the Western Conference No. 7 seed. That will be either the Trailblazers or Lakers based on tonight’s results to begin the play-in tournament.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins take questions from the media via Sports Fans Rap:
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