(51-31)
(36-46)
The Warriors closed out the 2013-14 regular season on a high-note on Wednesday, defeating the Nuggets 116-112 in Denver. Despite dressing only seven active players, the Dubs managed to come away with their 24th road victory of the season, which ties the franchise record. Golden State was boosted by career-best performances from Jordan Crawford and Harrison Barnes, who scored 41 and 30 points, respectively. The victory concludes the Warriors season with a 51-31 record and puts them 20 games above .500 for the first time since 1991-92. And now, the real season begins. The Warriors will go up against their SoCal rival in the L.A. Clippers in the first round of the playoffs.
Mark Jackson
On the performance tonight:
"I thought we were outstanding. They battled despite the fatigue and the demand on their bodies. Those guys thought it was very important to put number 51 [wins this season] out there. They competed at a high level and I am proud of them. You’re talking about 51 wins, 20 games over 500 and 24 road victories; it is an incredible group. It has been an awesome year. I will say it again, it has been an awesome year. Now we will turn the page and look forward to the challenge that lays ahead."
On if the team is aware of their franchise records:
"Absolutely. Even afterwards I told them. 51 wins, third most in franchise history. I rattled off the names, some of the greats, that have put on the Warriors jersey. To be in that company, no one can take that away. It is an awesome accomplishment. Like I said, we aren’t done. But we are going to celebrate every step of the way."
On the initial reaction when finding out they will face the Clippers:
"Either way we were thinking OKC or the Clippers. We knew we were going to have to face a team with two of the top ten players in the world. It is going to be a big time task, but one that we are looking forward to. The Clippers also are a team that is extremely well coached, there is no question about that. They are the favorites and they should be."
Stephen Curry
On upcoming playoff series against Los Angeles Clippers:
"It’s going to be a very entertaining series but I’m confident in the way we’re playing and what we’ll be able to do in this series … A lot of the experts picked Denver last year and they’re never 100 percent right. What matters is our belief in what we can do and how we go out and play. We’re ready to go."
On importance of winning a game on the road in a playoff series:
"Yea you obviously have to get one on the road. We understand how they’ve been playing and they’ve been playing some great ball the last two months. They’re a deep team so it’s going to be a challenge. It’s not going to be easy. We have to go in and keep our head down, just play hard, play the way we’re capable of playing, and stick to our gameplan."
Steve Blake
On winning the last regular season game:
"You always want to finish on a high note, have a good rhythm and a good feeling going into the playoffs. I thought the guys competed and we did what we had to do to get the win, which is not easy on a night when people say it’s not worth much and we really don’t have to play hard. The way the guys fought and competed was impressive."
On playing with a short bench:
"Guys played a lot of minutes that they usually don’t get so they got a little bit winded. It was nice for all of us to get that opportunity to play a lot of minutes, have fun and even though it’s the last game of the year it’s a good win for us."
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Game 82 at last. The Warriors round out the regular season on Wednesday night when they take on the Nuggets in Denver. This will be the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season, with the away team having won each of the previous three encounters, including Denver’s last-second 100-99 victory at Oracle Arena on April 10. While Golden State is already locked into the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, there is still something left to play for. A win on Wednesday would give the Warriors their 24th road victory of the season, which would tie the franchise record. That said, the most important thing is that the Warriors enter the postseason as healthy as possible, so don’t expect the starters to play their typical minutes.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors recovered from a disastrous start and rallied to their 50th win of the season with a 130-120 win over the Timberwolves in Monday’s home finale. The win, which secured the sixth seed in the Western Conference, didn’t come easy, as the Dubs fought back from a 19-point deficit. Stephen Curry led the comeback charge with 32 points and 15 assists and David Lee came through with 25 points and nine boards. Draymond Green had a big game off the bench with 20 points, including a career-high four three-pointers, and 12 rebounds and Klay Thompson scored 20. The Warriors will now wrap up the regular season in Denver on Wednesday before opening the postseason on the road this weekend against either the Clippers or the Thunder. GAME RECAP
WHO WILL BE #3?
The Warriors secured the sixth seed in the Western Conference with Monday night's 130-120 come-from-behind victory over the Timberwolves. The win, the team's 50th of the season, guarantees them the tie-breaker over Memphis (better conference record), and they already had the tie-breaker over Dallas by winning three of the four matchups with the Mavericks this season. So who will they play in the first round of the playoffs when matched up against the third seed? The answer is either the Oklahoma City Thunder or Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder can secure second place with a win in their season finale on Wednesday against Detroit, or if the Clippers lose one of their two remaining games. In that situation, the Dubs would face their SoCal rivals in the first round. Otherwise, Los Angeles can steal the second seed and the Warriors would be left with a first round matchup against Oklahoma City. Either way, it should make for an extremely exciting series, and the Warriors will have all they can handle when the postseason tips off. FULL PLAYOFF PICTURE
REASONS FOR OPTIMISM
Monday’s revelation that Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely with a fractured rib was certainly a big blow to the Warriors’ playoff hopes. There’s no denying the immense impact Bogut has had on the team this season, particularly on the defensive end, and the Dubs will certainly miss him if he’s out an extended period of time. But before Warriors fans lose all hope before the ball even goes up in the air, let’s remind ourselves that the Dubs have been in this kind of predicament before. You’ll recall that it was in Game 1 of the first round against the Nuggets a season ago when David Lee went down with a torn hip flexor, and everyone assumed the Warriors were all but finished. Well, we all know how that turned out. The Warriors adapted to the loss, found a new lineup and rotation that proved extremely effective, and disposed of the Nuggets on their way to the second round. Oh, and Lee made a miraculous recovery in time to play in that next series. Losing Bogut doesn’t help the Warriors, but it also doesn’t spell the end for them.
DENVER SCOUTING REPORT
If there was any doubt about the Nuggets’ talent level and ability to win tough games, it had dissipated entirely shortly following their last-second win over the Dubs less than a week ago. Aside from erasing a 20-point deficit on their way to victory, the Nuggets thoroughly demolished the Warriors on the glass, outrebounding Golden State by a margin of 63-38, including 29 alone from Timofy Mozgov, the most by any player in the league this season. The end result just goes to show that a team’s record isn’t always indicative of their ability. At 36-44 and out of playoff contention, and the Warriors already having locked up the sixth seed, Wednesday’s game is relatively meaningless in the grand scheme of things. Still, after a tough season riddled with injuries, you can bet that Denver wants to end it on a high note. While the most critical thing for the Warriors is to come out of the game unscathed injury-wise, it’s also important that they head into the postseason playing well. With Golden State likely to rest all or most of their starters, this offers an opportunity for the supporting cast to show what they can do come playoff time.
Injury Report
GSW:Andrew Bogut (fractured rib) and Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) are out.

DEN: Darrell Arthur (left knee strain/contusion) is questionable. Wilson Chandler (left groin strain), Danilo Gallinari (left knee ACL tear), JJ Hickson (right ACL tear), Ty Lawson (left ankle sprain), Javale McGee (left tibia stress fracture), Anthony Randolph (personal reasons) and Nate Robinson (left ACL sprain) are out.