Curry is scoring champ, Warriors beat Grizzlies for 8 seed

<p>SAN FRANCISCO &mdash; Stephen Curry became the oldest scoring champion since Michael Jordan at age 35 in 1998, finishing with 46 points as the Golden State Warriors held off the Memphis Grizzlies 113-101 on Sunday in a regular-season finale that determined the play-in tournament’s eighth and ninth spots.</p>
<p>The Warriors wrapped up the No. 8 seed and will play Wednesday, while Memphis finishes at No. 9 and will host the Spurs on Wednesday. Golden State’s opponent was dependent on Sunday night’s results for the Lakers and Portland.</p>
<p>At 33, Curry and Jordan are the only scoring champions age 33 or older. Curry also joins Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players with multiple scoring titles, MVPs and championships.</p>
<p>Two-time MVP Curry locked up his first scoring title since 2015-16 with his second basket of the game late in the first quarter. He made 9 of 22 3s and also contributed nine assists and seven rebounds in Golden State’s sixth straight win. Curry averaged 32 points during his second 2,000-point season.</p>
<p>He had help, too.</p>
<p>Jordan Poole scored 15 off the bench and hit a go-ahead baseline 3 with 4:28 remaining. Andrew Wiggins dunked off a miss by Curry from deep the next time down and scored 21.</p>
<p>Dillon Brooks started the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run all by himself to pull Memphis within 86-77 — and Curry immediately returned, hitting a 3 with 8:23 to go.</p>
<p>Brooks converted a tying three-point play with 6:32 left. Draymond Green drew Brooks’ sixth foul moments later, sending the Grizzlies star to the bench for the final 6:12 with 18 points.</p>
<p>"This is the best we’ve played all year," said coach Steve Kerr, whose Warriors returned to the arena at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night to take their COVID-19 tests ahead of the 12:30 p.m. start time.</p>
<p>Curry, Green and Wiggins — who had played every game — sat out Friday against New Orleans to be fresh for Sunday.</p>
<p>Both teams entered with identical 38-33 records and riding five-game winning streaks. They had split a back-to-back set March 19-20 in Memphis.</p>
<p>It marked quite a special day for outgoing <a href="">Warriors President and COO Rick Welts, who is departing the position</a> after 10 years with the franchise. He led the construction plans for second-year Chase Center and will stay on in an advisory role. Kerr spoke on the court before tip-off, both thanking the fans and honoring all that former Seattle SuperSonics ball boy Welts has done for the NBA and Warriors.</p>
<p>Curry missed his first four shots and initial three 3s before a layup with 3:45 remaining in the opening quarter. He then hit a jumper the next time down to become scoring champion — drawing roars and a standing ovation. </p>
<p>Grizzlies: Shot 2 for 12 on 3-pointers in the first half and 6 of 25 overall. … Memphis finished 20-16 on the road, the third-highest road winning percentage in franchise history (.585 in 2012-13 and 2014-15).</p>
<p>Warriors: G/F Kelly Oubre Jr. missed his 10th straight game with an injured left wrist. He was re-evaluated and showed progress in his recovery, but is not cleared to practice and won’t be re-examined for another week to 10 days. … Golden State won 10 of the last 11 at home to finish with a 25-11 record at Chase Center. … The Warriors signed G Gary Payton II, who previously had a pair of 10-day contracts with the team.</p>
<p>The Warriors hosted 18-year-old activist Tiana Day, who last summer led a Black Lives Matter protest on the Golden Gate Bridge that attracted some 50,000 people after just 18 hours of planning. </p>
<p>“I feel really powerful, I feel like I have a voice,” said Day, who is from San Ramon and has started her own non-profit and took a year off from starting college to focus on her efforts. “I felt empowered because there were so many young people leading this movement, creating protests and trying to make a change in the community. I was like, ‘If they can do it, I can do it, too.’”</p>
<p>Golden State has regularly recognized an “Impact Warrior,” someone making a positive impact through their leadership in the community.</p>
<p>UP NEXT</p>
<p>Grizzlies: Return home to face 10th-seeded San Antonio, with that winner advancing to take on the loser of the 7 vs. 8 play-in game for the No. 8 playoff seed.</p>
<p>Warriors: Hit the road to play the West’s No. 7 seed in the play-in tournament to determine the seventh seed for the playoffs.</p>
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