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Warriors ride record-setting quarter to 157-101 win in season finale

The Warriors scored 55 points, the most in any first quarter, to take care of business early in Portland. As a tribute to Portland, they also rested their starters in the 4th quarter.

Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers
Klay Thompson came out firing and went over 300 three-pointers for the season.
Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors went into the season finale in Portland still not knowing their playoff fate, with four games involving Western contenders starting simultaneously. Klay Thompson decided he didn’t want to wait.

Thompson hit four three-pointers in the first four minutes and the Warriors set an NBA record with 55 first quarter points as the Dubs cruised to a 157-101 win over the extremely short-handed Trail Blazers. It’s by far the largest margin of victory in the NBA this season, eclipsing the 45-point win by the New Orleans Pelicans over the resting Warriors in November.

Klay hit his fifth three-pointer with 7:20 left in the first, giving him 300 triples on the season. He’s only the third player in NBA history to make that many, along with James Harden and, obviously, Steph Curry. (Curry finishes the regular season with only 273 threes. In 55 games.)

Normally, Jordan Poole’s four three-pointers in the first quarter would be amazing, but they were almost an afterthought in the offensive onslaught. As a team, the Warriors made 12-18 three-pointers, tying an NBA record for threes in a quarter.

Sometimes the Warriors have had a habit of messing around on the road, or against bad teams, or both. That wasn’t a problem Sunday afternoon. After 12 minutes, the score was 55-27. Then they outscored the Blazers 34-20 in the third quarter, just in case their 31-point halftime lead wasn’t secure.

Thompson finished with 20 points in 22 minutes, on 6-11 shooting from deep. Curry had 26 points in 22 minutes, with seven assist, five rebounds, and just one turnover. Draymond Green had a pro-rated version of typical Draymond outing, notching nine points, four assists, two steals, and two blocks in 20 minutes.

The starters sat in the fourth quarter, but the reserves continued to pour it on, scoring 39 points in the final period. Moses Moody also lit it up from long range, making 4-5 three-pointers and continuing his late-season push to get into the playoff rotation. Moody finished +39 with 25 points in a team-high 29 minutes, while Poole also went 4-5 from deep and scored 21 points, and finished +31.

The Blazers were led by 19 points from Skylar Mays and 18 from rookie Shaedon Sharpe, but this was not a lineup of NBA players. Here are some of the players who took the court for Portland Sunday:

  • Undrafted rookie Jeenathan Williams
  • Former lottery pick Kevin Knox II (He shot 4-16)
  • Justin Minaya, son of former New York Mets GM Omar Minaya, and a former member of Capitanes de Ciudad de Mexico
  • Jabari Walker, son of Samaki Walker, and last year’s 57th pick in the draft.
  • Chance Comanche, who is a six-year G League veteran, even though his name sounds like the secret identity of a DC hero.

But all the games count the same in the standings. And though it may have seemed impossible a few weeks ago, the Warriors ended the season with 11 road wins. If they can keep shooting this well, it won’t be their last one of the year.

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