Without Curry, Green, the Warriors beat the Jazz 123-116 and wind up with the 10th seed in the West

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 25 points with six 3-pointers, Andrew Wiggins added 19 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Utah Jazz 123-116 in the regular-season finale Sunday and wound up with the 10th spot in the Western Conference.

With the Lakers winning at New Orleans and the Kings beating Portland at home, Golden State will head to Sacramento on Tuesday as the No. 10 seed to face the ninth-seeded Kings in the Play-In Tournament. The Warriors won a thrilling first-round playoff series against their Northern California rival in Game 7 last year.

Golden State only could have moved up as high as eighth if it won and both the Kings and Lakers lost.

Steve Kerr rested Draymond Green and Stephen Curry, whose 74 regular-season games and 2,421 total minutes are both the two-time MVP's most since 2016-17. The Warriors are 1-3 this season in games missing both Green and Curry.

“He could have played. If we had to play him, he would be playing,” Kerr said about Curry. “Given what we're facing, it made no sense to put him out there today.”

Golden State, coming off a home loss to New Orleans on Friday night for just its second defeat in 11 games, utilized its third starting combination in three games.

Chris Paul started for Curry and finished with six points, six assists and four rebounds in 22-plus minutes.

Keyonte George scored 21 points to lead a Jazz team that went 31-51 — 10-31 on the road — and missed the playoffs for a second straight season. Utah won two of its final three games following a 13-game losing streak and stretch that featured 16 defeats in 17 games.

“We need to be rethinking everything,” second-year coach Will Hardy said.

Jonathan Kuminga had a career-high seven assists as the Warriors recorded their 36th game with 30 or more assists dishing out 35. They have won the last eight home contests against Utah and swept the four-game season series from the Jazz.

Golden State guard Gary Payton II sat out his third straight game with tightness in his left calf and his status for the coming week was unclear.



Janie Mccauley, The Associated Press