Make it a Baker's Dozen: Warriors Pick Up 13th Straight Win
Dubs Clinch First Place in the Western Conference Behind Stephen Curry's 42-Point Effort
For the third straight season, the Dubs will have the NBA’s best record.
That became official on Wednesday when the Warriors secured the number one seed with a 120-111 win in Phoenix, coupled with a Spurs loss to the Lakers.
The win was the 13th straight for the Warriors, marking the team’s longest winning streak of the season and matching the longest streak in the NBA this season, and Stephen Curry had everything to do with it, finishing the game with 42 points and 11 assists.
With Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala sitting out due to a planned rest after the team played at home on Tuesday, the two-time reigning MVP started off hot and kept it going for the entire game. Curry hit five of his first six shots, including each of his first four 3-point attempts. Curry wound up outscoring the Suns by himself in the first quarter, 23-18, and at one point he scored 19 straight points for the Dubs.
And although Curry dominated the quarter, it was Shaun Livingston who closed it in the most unusual of fashions, knocking down his first 3-pointer of the season on what was intended to be a lob pass.
The Dubs held a 41-18 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Phoenix would get back into the game, and quickly. The Suns doubled up the Dubs in the second quarter and what was looking like a blowout early suddenly morphed into a close game.
With a spark from rookie Patrick McCaw, the Dubs pushed their lead back into double digits early in the third quarter. The Warriors made each of their first six shots in the period, and five of them were scored or assisted by McCaw.
Still, Phoenix wouldn’t go away. But every time they made a run, Curry would make a play to pad the Warriors’ advantage. After the Suns used a 10-0 spurt in the fourth quarter to get back within three, Curry knocked down a 3-pointer that ended a 3:40 scoreless draught with four minutes left in the period. It was his eighth 3-pointer of the game and part of his second 42-point effort in his last three games.
Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson, who overcame a slow start in a 22-point effort, added a splash of his own a few possessions later to ensure the Dubs’ winning streak would survive another day in the team’s last game of the season.
Now 65-14, the Dubs have three games left in the season, all of which will be played at home. The season-ending homestand tips off on Saturday when the Warriors host the Pelicans ( Find Tickets) in what will be the final Slate Night of the season.
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