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NBA -- Warriors close historic season with 67 wins


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OAKLAND -- The Golden State Warriors capped their franchise-best regular season with a 133-126 victory over the Denver Nuggets at the Oracle Arena on Wednesday night.

With their 67-15 record, the Warriors own home court advantage throughout the playoffs and the NBA Finals. Their post-season begins with Game 1 on Saturday (Sunday AM in Manila) against the 8th-seed New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena.

"You kind of got to let it sink in, just how historic this season was when it comes to all the great teams that have suited up in this league," MVP candidate Steph Curry, who finished with 10 points in 19 minutes against Denver, told reporters.

Although they already had secured the league's best record entering Wednesday's tip-off, the Warriors still played like everything was on the line, shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 46.4 percent from 3-point range.

Klay Thomspon led the Warriors with 25 points while Marreese Speights had 17 and 8 rebounds. Justin Holiday had 14 and Harrison Barnes pitched in 12.

The Nuggets also shot well from the field (54.2 percent), but they ran out of steam in the fourth quarter where they were outscored, 33-26.

Denver's tempestuous season, which was highlighted by turmoil and the firing of former head coach Brian Shaw, at 30-52 and outside of the playoffs.

Wilson Chandler and Danilo Galinari each had 18 points for the Nuggets while Jusuf Nurkic and Erick Green contributed 17 apiece. Point guard Ty Lawson appeared in only 18 minutes and turned in four points and eight assists. (RM)

Photo: Klay Thompson (R) played only one half and finished with 25 points to help the Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets, 133-126.


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