The Golden State Warriors are headed to their first back-to-back postseason trip in 22 years, appropriately carried by the phenomenal play of Stephan Curry, as they easily took care of the Lakers 112-95.
Curry finished with 30 points on 12-of-20 shooting, 12 assists and ten rebounds. This was his fourth triple-double of the year and puts him in a three-way tie overall for the season in triple-doubles with Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls.
The Warriors (49-30) headed into Staples Center Friday night knowing that they had missed an opportunity Thursday to clinch a playoff spot against a mediocre Denver Nuggets team in Oakland. Curry wasn’t going to let that happen two nights in a row, and from the opening tip against the Lakers (25-54), Steph was on point in nearly every facet of the game.
The Warriors also welcomed back David Lee, in uniform after sitting out the previous seven games with nerve inflmation to his right leg. Lee came off the bench and played 25 minutes, scoring ten points and pulling down ten rebounds. The Dubs will need his energy and low-post scoring if they’re going to be able to keep up with the Los Angeles Clippers, their likely first round opponent in the playoffs.
While this win is satisfying, ultimately the Warriors always expected to advance to the playoffs this season, despite the franchise’s historical woes.
“We expected to be here,” said coach Jackson after the game. “We celebrated the moment, and now we’re on to bigger things.”