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Warriors clinch NBA playoff spot with 6 1/2 weeks to spare

Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - FEBRUARY 27: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after tying the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth period of a NBA game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on February 27, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Warriors won 121-118 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have clinched a playoff spot with more than six weeks to spare.

The defending NBA champions became the first team this season to wrap up a berth when the Houston Rockets lost Saturday night to the San Antonio Spurs. That assured the Warriors will finish among the top eight teams in the Western Conference.

About an hour later, Golden State improved to 53-5 - the best start in league history - when Curry hit a 3-pointer from well beyond 30 feet with 0.6 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Warriors a thrilling 121-118 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Curry had 46 points and his winning shot was his 12th 3-pointer, tying the NBA single-game record. The reigning MVP also broke his own record for 3s in a season, leaving the new mark at 288.