OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors missed Kevin Durant's big presence on both ends of the court. They missed their snappy ball movement that leads to easy baskets and open 3-pointers.
The NBA's best team won anyway thanks to the Splash Brothers and their supporting cast - and locked up another playoff berth in the process.
Stephen Curry scored 27 points while Durant missed his first game of the season with a hand injury, and the Warriors beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-95 on Saturday night to clinch a playoff spot for the fifth straight season.
"That's pretty amazing, and I'm really proud of that, to be honest," Klay Thompson said. "I got here my first year, we hadn't been to the playoffs since '07. Before that I think it was `94. So to do it, what is it, five years in a row, can't take that for granted. That's an amazing feat, and hopefully we can do it until our careers are over."
Thompson had 24 points. Curry converted a four-point play just before halftime to put his team up 62-51 at the break. The two-time reigning MVP had five 3-pointers and five assists. >>Read more