Stephen Curry became the oldest scoring champion since Michael Jordan in 1998, finishing with 46 points when the Golden State Warriors held off the Memphis Grizzlies 113-101 on Sunday in a determining regular season finale. the entry tournamenteighth and ninth place.
The Warriors finished at No. 8 and will play on Wednesday, while Memphis will finish at No. 9 and host the Spurs on Wednesday. Golden State’s opponent is dependent on Sunday night’s results for the Lakers and Portland. If they face the Lakers, it would be a delicious showdown between Curry and LeBron James. The winner of the game involving the Warriors and Lakers or Portland will be the No. 7 seed in the West playoffs; the loser of that game will play the winner of Memphis-San Antonio on Friday to be the No. 8 seed in the West.
At 33, Curry and Jordan are the only scoring champions 33 and older. Curry also joins Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players with multiple scoring titles, MVPs and championships. Two-time MVP Curry secured his first scoring title since 2015-16 with his second basket of Sunday’s game late in the first quarter. He made nine of 22 3-pointers and also contributed nine assists and seven rebounds in Golden State’s sixth straight victory. Curry averaged 32 points during his second 2,000-point season.
Elsewhere, the Eastern Conference matchups are set after Sunday’s games. Seventh seed Boston will host eighth Washington and ninth Indiana host 10th Charlotte in the NBA’s first elimination game this season. Both games are on Tuesdays.
The Boston-Washington winner goes straight to the playoffs as the seventh seed in the East; the loser of that game will host the winner of Indiana-Charlotte on Thursday to determine the eighth seed in the East, who will face Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs proper.
Getting to the inning round is a massive comeback story for the Wizards, who started the season 0-5 and 3-12, were closed for two weeks in January due to coronavirus-related issues, had to play 38 games on the season . the last 67 days to make up for all lost time and they were 17-32 at the beginning of last month.
They are 17-6 since then, coming back 16 points to beat Charlotte on Sunday and Russell Westbrook, the league’s all-time triple-double king for his 38th of the season.
“Obviously, Washington is rolling,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “They are a great basketball team. … They are a handful. Tuesday night is going to be a big challenge. “
Meanwhile, New York, which was sent home after the regular season in each of the past seven years, is not only back in the playoffs but will start them at home. New York’s victory over Boston locked the Knicks in at No. 4 in the East and in a first-round matchup against No. 5 Atlanta.
That means reigning Eastern champion Miami will start as the sixth seed. The Heat will open the playoffs in Brooklyn or Milwaukee.
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