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Curry sets record in Warriors' win

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Stephen Curry got his record and Golden State got the higher seed.

It was mission accomplished at the Rose Garden Wednesday night as Curry set the NBA single-season mark for 3-pointers and the Warriors beat Portland 99-88 to claim the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference playoff picture.

Curry, who entered the game trailing Ray Allen (Seattle, 2005-06) by one trey, made 4 of 11 from beyond the arc and hiked his season total to 272, three more than Allen's previous mark.

"It's special," said Curry, son of former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry. "I grew up watching Ray Allen shoot in shooting drills when he played with my dad in Milwaukee. I have an appreciation for how well he shot the ball in his career, and especially that one season. My teammates helped me along the way, setting screens and running our offense. It's a pretty special moment for everybody."

Klay Thompson poured in 24 points and David Lee added 20 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State (47-35), which set up a first-round matchup against No. 3 Denver.

"There's a lot to be proud of," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. "We talked about chopping down accomplishments one by one, but the big accomplishment is continuing to win and moving forward."

LaMarcus Aldridge collected 30 points and a season-high 21 rebounds for Portland (33-49) despite sitting for the entire fourth quarter. It was the 13th straight loss for the Trail Blazers, matching the franchise record set in 1971-72.

Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Damian Lillard scored 21 points for Portland.

Golden State used a sizable edge in rebounds (52-42) and points in the paint (42-34) to wear down the Blazers, who were without starters Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews due to injuries. Portland coach Terry Stotts started three rookies - Lillard, Victor Claver and Will Barton.

"I have a big appreciation for what the fans in Portland mean to our team," said Stotts, in his first year at the Blazers' helm. "I'm not just saying that. I've been in this league (as a coach) for 20 years. The fans here are exceptional.

"I told the players before the game, I wanted them to play to a level the fans expected, and I thought they did. It was disappointing to lose, but I liked the way we played for the last game of the season."

Portland scored the first six points of the third quarter to cut a 14-point halftime deficit to 50-42, then closed to within 66-63 on Sasha Pavlovic's 3-pointer as the period ended.

The Warriors' lead was 76-73 when they went on a 10-2 run for an 86-75 lead with 5:20 remaining. The Blazers could get no closer than nine the rest of the way.

Golden State led 24-17 after one quarter despite shooting only 34.6 percent from the field. Aldridge kept the Blazers in it with 14 points and eight rebounds in the quarter.

The Warriors increased the lead to 44-29 and took a 50-36 advantage into intermission. Thompson led the way with 12 points while Aldridge had 18 points and 12 boards at the break.

NOTES: Curry and Thompson built on their NBA single-season 3-point record, making nine Wednesday to finish at 483. Curry is the absolute best shooter in the league, Jackson said. "The discussion is for who's in second place," Jackson said. "The run he has put together, the season he has had, has been a thing of beauty." ... Lillard averaged 19.1 points and 6.5 assists, joining Oscar Robertson, Allen Iverson and Damon Stoudamire as the only rookies in history to average better than 19 points and six assists. Lillard played 3,167 minutes, becoming the first rookie to lead the category since Elvin Hayes in 1968-69. ... Aldridge finished with a career-high 38 double-doubles, combining with JJ Hickson (40) for 78, the most by any two teammates in the NBA this season. ... Jackson endorses Warrior guard Jarrett Jack for Sixth Man of the Year. "Jarrett's presence, his poise, his leadership, his consistency have put us in position to be a playoff team," Jackson said. "He has played a crucial part in our success, and he closes games. He's been a steal for us."
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