First Round Grudge Matches

Vince Carter is returning to Toronto, and the Golden State Warriors are headed back to the postseason. The Warriors clinched their first playoff spot since 1994 by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 120-98 on Wednesday night. Golden State (42-40) beat out the Clippers to grab the No. 8 seed, ending the NBA’s longest playoff drought. “I’m glad it’s over,” guard Jason Richardson said. “I don’t think I will be able to sleep for about two days.” The Warriors will open against league-best Dallas on Sunday night in a matchup of coach Don Nelson against his former team.”

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