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By: Ana Kieu
Sunday night marked the 1,936th and final regular season home game for the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors, who played their first game in the building on October 24, 1967 versus the Cincinnati Royals, own a record of 1,165-770 (.602) all-time in regular season games at Oracle.
Sunday night also marked the Warriors’ game versus the Los Angeles Clippers, who lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 122-117 Friday evening.
The Warriors’ starting five featured Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and DeMarcus Cousins. Moreover, the Warriors were unable to celebrate 47 seasons at Oracle without bringing back the “We Believe” throwback jerseys.
The Warriors got on the board first, thanks to Durant’s two-point bucket at the 11:16 mark of the first quarter. The Warriors continued to play what they called beautiful basketball, which was a good thing as they led 32-28 at the end of the first quarter.
Both teams played a wire-to-wire second quarter, but the Warriors came out on top 30-27. The Warriors took a 62-55 lead to the locker room at the end of the first half.
Cousins wowed the crowd in the third quarter as he handed a pass to Green, who threw down a two-point jumper from just inside the arc at the 11-minute mark. Green also turned defense into offense, which definitely gave the Warriors the advantage. The Warriors outshot the Clippers 42-18 and it wasn’t even close as they had a 104-73 lead at the end of three quarters.
The Warriors still poured in the points in the fourth quarter. Despite the fact the Lakers outscored the Warriors 31-27 in the fourth quarter, it was too little, too late. The Warriors won 131-104.
Curry led the Warriors with 27 points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. Durant had 16 points, seven assists, three rebounds, one steal, and one block. Kevon Looney had 14 points, six rebounds, and two assists. Cousins had 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Thompson had 12 points and one steal. Green had 10 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, five steals, and three blocks. Quinn Cook had 10 points and three assists. Shaun Livingston had eight points. Damion Lee had seven points, three rebounds, and three assists. Jonas Jerebko had five points, two rebounds, and two steals. Andrew Bogut had two points and three rebounds. Jordan Bell added two points.
After that, the Warriors thanked Oracle and announced they were locked in the No. 1 seed in the NBA’s Western Conference. The Denver Nuggets are two games back of the Warriors, so they’ll be the No. 2 seed.
The Warriors head to the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday at 5:00 pm PT.