The Oklahoma City Thunder's most recent victory helped the Golden State Warriors clinch their first playoff berth in six seasons.
The Thunder can help themselves by beating the Warriors for the seventh time in eight meetings Thursday night as they continue their quest for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Oklahoma City (57-21), locked in a tight race with San Antonio for home-court advantage throughout the West playoffs, defeated Utah 90-80 on Tuesday. That game went final around halftime of Golden State's matchup with Minnesota.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson was informed during the break of the Thunder's victory. After relaying the message to his team, it ran away with a 105-89 win that allowed it to secure the franchise's first playoff appearance since 2006-07.
''He just told us we're 24 minutes from accomplishing what some of us have been waiting for our whole career,'' said forward David Lee, who recorded his NBA-leading 53rd double-double and is heading to the postseaso...