OAKLAND Klay Thompson scored 30 points, Stephen Curry added 24 points and 10 assists, and the Warriors clinched a playoff berth by routing the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-89 Tuesday night.
David Lee finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds to propel the Warriors to their first postseason appearance since 2007 and just their second in 19 years.
The depleted Timberwolves were outshot 43 percent to 37 percent. Ricky Rubio missed all 10 shots from the floor to go with six assists and five rebounds as Minnesota watched the Warriors celebrate something it had hoped to accomplish this season.
Chants of "Playoffs! Playoffs!" rang out from the fans in the final seconds. Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob shared hugs and handshakes with fans from his courtside seat, raising his right hand to the 30th straight sellout crowd announced at 19,596.
"This is what we came here to do," Lee told the crowd during an interview at half court after clinching his first playoff berth in eight NBA seasons.
After blowing a chance to seal a playoff spot against Utah on Sunday night, the Warriors needed a win and a loss by the Los Angeles Lakers or the Jazz to clinch this time. Golden State knew it had a chance before halftime, when Utah's 90-80 loss to Oklahoma City Thunder flashed across the corner scoreboards.
Thompson scored 25 points in the first half and made his first nine shots from the floor, including five from beyond the arc.
The Warriors led by 18 early in the fourth quarter and left little doubt about what this win meant.
So sure of a postseason appearance, Andrew Bogut who had a season-high 14 rebounds even convinced teammates to grow beards a few weeks ago, and not shave until the Warriors clinched a spot.