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Mychal Thompson
Warriors hold off Lakers, clinch playoff spot

OAKLAND, Calif. The Golden State Warriors became the first team in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff berth on Monday, giving them the opportunity to crack smiles after the announcement came in the middle of the second quarter. The Warriors didn't look particularly sharp in escaping with a 108-105 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on a night fans at Oracle Arena recognized the franchise earning the playoff appearance with a standing ovation. They all were forced to watch as the Lakers' Wesley Johnson went up the court with 3.4 seconds left and a chance to tie the score, but pressure from Draymond Green forced the turnover out of bounds. Reaching the playoffs has long...

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