With a 112-95 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night on the road, the Golden State Warriors clinched a playoff spot and will be in the postseason for the second straight season.
Unlike in their game against Denver on Thursday, the Warriors did not relinquish a big lead. They outscored the Lakers 32-17 in the second quarter and headed into halftime up by 15, never looking back the rest of the way.
Golden State was able to withstand a hot start by the Lakers, who made three-pointers at will during the first quarter. But the Lakers eventually cooled down, and the Warriors dominated inside. They outscored the Lakers 46-32 in the paint, and led the rebounding battle 47-32.
Stephen Curry recorded his fourth triple-double of the season — 30 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds — becoming the first Warrior to do so since 1963. He certainly left it all on the line in a playoff-clinching game.
Andre Iguodala and Jermaine O’Neal did not play to get some rest, but David Lee did make his return from injury, squashing any concern that he would miss the playoffs. Lee missed his first five shots, but did finish with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
For the Lakers, the streaky Nick Young led the way with 25 points.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 48.9% (45-92)
- Three-point percentage: 52.0% (13-25)
- Rebounds: 57
- Assists: 27
- Turnovers: 17
- Bench points: 45
- Field-goal percentage: 39.3% (35-89)
- Three-point percentage: 32.1% (9-28)
- Rebounds: 42
- Assists: 23
- Turnovers: 15
- Bench points: 38
Good to Know
The Warriors have clinched back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 1991 & 1992. Their 49 wins are most since 1993-94 (50)
— GSWStats (@gswstats) April 12, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors take on the Trail Blazers on Sunday night on the road. They are 2.5 games back of Portland for fifth in the West standings.
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