The Warriors, who had been battling with the DenverNuggets 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 sevenassists.
Sunday's game took on added meaning for theWarriors given that it was the final regular-seasongame at Oracle Arena. The Warriors move to Chase Center in San Francisco in September after47 years in Oakland.
After the game ended, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr spoke to the crowd, thanking them fortheir support over the years in the building. After Kerr's speech, he unveiled a banner that willhang in Chase Center. It reads: "Oakland, California 47 seasons."
"It was kind of strange, to be honest with you," Kerr said of speaking to the fans. "It was areally nice moment. All of the fans stuck around, which was great, but we're coming right backand playing Game 1 Saturday or Sunday. Hopefully, we'll have another send-off in a grandermanner."
The Warriors celebrated the occasion by wearing jerseys from the "We Believe" era, which washighlighted 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 within 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 joyfullyscreamed while revealing the jersey.
While he acknowledged that he didn't feel many extra emotions driving to the arena knowingthat the playoffs begin at Oracle next weekend, he started to feel some more as the game drewcloser.
We're going to rest guys," Kerr said. "But we haven't figured out exactly how we're going to doit. The most likely thing we'll do is take the probably eight guys who we want to rest, splitthem up four and four.
Four of them play one night on the back-to-back, four of them play the other. That's roughlywhat we're thinking — we haven't thought much more than that.
But there's no point in playing everybody both nights with risking injury, but I would likeeverybody to play one of the games just to get rhythm for the playoffs."
The Warriors head into this playoff run hoping to become the first team since the 1960s BostonCeltics to go to the NBA Finals five straight times. The Warriors are also looking to become thefirst team since the 2000-02 Los Angeles Lakers to win back-to-back-to-back NBAchampionships.
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