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NBA -- Warriors clinch first Pacific Division title in 39 years


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SAN FRANCISCO -- A season full of highlights just got better for the Golden State Warriors.

Steph Curry sizzled with 33 points and 10 assists, Andre Iguodola had 21 off the bench while Klay Thompson added 16 and the Golden State Warriors rolled past the Portland Trail Blazers, 122-108, on Tuesday night at the Moda Center.

With their 58th win of the season, the Warriors clinched the Pacific Division title for the first time since 1976, another feather in the cap of a season that had seen just 13 losses thus far.

In typical laid-back California fashion, the Warriors celebrated the milestone with a locker room photo.

"We might be a little subdued, but I think everybody is proud of what we've done. We still have 11 games left to keep getting better so I think everybody is focused on that. But I think everybody is pretty happy right now," Curry told the Associated Press.

In beating the Blazers, who played without LaMarcus Aldirdge, Nicolas Batum and Chris Kaman, the Warriors knocked down 50 of 83 field goals and 12 of 26 triples. Golden State also made 10 of 11 free throws.

Damian Lillard tried to carry Portland on his back with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, but he couldn't do it on a night when the Warriors moved the ball spectacularly with 37 assists while dominating the boards, 46-35.

With their fifth straight loss, the Blazers dropped to 44-25 and now lead the 46-25 Los Angeles Clippers by just 1 game for fourth place in the Western Conference.


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