Golden State Warriors claimed the eighth seed following a win over Memphis Grizzlies and will face one of Portland Trailblazers or Los Angeles Lakers in the play-in tournament. Steph Curry ended the race for the scoring title with a sensational 46-point display, and win the award for the second time in his career.
In a knock-out fixture for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, the Warriors started off on the right foot and outscored the visitors in three quarters to end with a 113-104 win.
Curry, who was in an intense race with Bradley Beal for the coveted prize, brought an end to the proceedings in his typical fashion. A floater from the baseline in the first quarter marked Curry’s second-ever scoring title.
The Warriors ace only needed 3 points for the prize after Bradley Beal managed to rack up 25 points in Wizards’ win over Charlotte Hornets.
The 31.3 average points per game average set by Beal was beaten with ease by the two-time MVP, who recorded his 11th game with over 40 points to his name.
Curry ends the season with an average of 32 points per game, which is his career highest. Back when he was voted the unanimous MVP in 2015-16, he averaged 30.1 points per game on an average.
Coach Kerr all praise for Curry and Green as Warriors await their next opponent
While Memphis Grizzlies will take on San Antonio Spurs in the play-in tournament, the Warriors will have to wait for a while for their opponents. A potential clash against LeBron and the Lakers or Lillard and the Trailblazers awaits them between a spot in the playoffs.
“We’ve just been really scrappy,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said prior to their final game of the regular season “We’ve been playing some small lineups, but we’ve had phenomenal seasons from both Steph and Draymond [Green] that have given us our foundation.”
“I don’t know what else to say about Steph,” Kerr said via USA Today’s Mark Medina. “We’ve been through this all year. From one game to the next, it’s difficult to express how good he is and how amazing of a teammate he is.”