Warriors clinch 1st division title since 1975-76

Chris Toman
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The Golden State Warriors punched their ticket to the playoffs last week, becoming the first Western Conference team to do so in the process.

They weren't done there. 

After downing the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, the Warriors captured their first division title since the 1975-76 season. 

Golden State beat Portland 122-108 to extend its winning streak to seven games and improve its league-best record to 58-13. 

There remain two more goals for the Warriors to accomplish before the regular season comes to a conclusion. Another victory would tie the 1975-76 team for the most wins in franchise history, and two more would help the Warriors cap their historic season by securing home court in the West throughout the duration of the playoffs. 

Golden State holds an eight-game lead over the Memphis Grizzlies for first place in the West.

Stephen Curry led the charge again, going off for a game-high 33 points to send the reeling and undermanned Trail Blazers to their fifth consecutive loss. 

Golden State had its 26th 30-plus assist game of the season, double the amount of the next highest team. Curry had 10 of them, Draymond Green added eight and Andrew Bogut provided six, while chipping in 10 points and 16 rebounds. 

Portland was without All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, in addition to Nicolas Batum, Chris Kaman and Wesley Matthews, who is out for the season. 

The only blessing in disguise for the Trail Blazers is that they've all but locked up the Northwest Division and secured home court for the first round. They hold a four-game lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have 11 games remaining.