San Antonio, Texas (AP) Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was on the court for his first game action since suffering a left hamstring injury during the Western Conference Finals on Thursday night.
The Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 104-99, clinching their first championship in franchise history.
Curry, who finished with a season-high 28 points, had 14 rebounds, four assists and three steals in 31 minutes.
After starting the series 3-1, the Warriors lost two straight.
Curry was in his first series start since Game 2 in the Western Finals against Cleveland on Nov. 30.
“I thought it was great,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.
“We had a lot of fun.
We had a good game plan.”
The loss kept the Warriors from clinching the Western conference title with a sweep in the NBA Finals.
It also left them with a chance to make a late run at a first-round playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Curry had 26 points and 13 rebounds and the Warriors beat Portland 104-98 on Wednesday in Game 3 of the first round.
Curry scored a season high 30 points and made 12 of 19 shots for the Warriors.
He had 14 points, nine assists and six steals.
Jackson had said Curry had a strained hamstring before the game.
He said Curry was fine but didn’t know how long it would be.
Curry played for the first time since suffering the injury in the first quarter.
Curry did not practice Wednesday because of the injury and missed the next two games.
Jackson said he was not worried about the injury.
“We don’t want to go out there with a team that we can’t play,” Jackson said, “so we’re just going to play.
He played really well.”
Cary Harris scored 15 points for Portland, which is in the second round for the sixth time in seven years.
Damian Lillard had 12 points and seven rebounds and C.J. McCollum had 12 for the Blazers, who lost to San Antonio 116-97 on Wednesday.
The Blazers have lost three straight.
The Warriors beat Golden State in six games this season for their second championship.
The last team to win three championships in the same season was the 1988-89 Chicago Bulls.
The Spurs beat San Antonio on Sunday.
“You always talk about winning championships,” Curry said.
“(The Warriors) played a great game, they played a fantastic game, we were a little bit fortunate to be able to win that game.
We have to keep building from here.”
Curry had 30 points in the third quarter, including a clutch 3-pointer with 15 seconds left to seal the victory.
The second quarter was dominated by Curry’s efforts to score on the defensive end.
“I had my opportunities to score the ball and get to the free throw line and I missed my open shot,” Curry told reporters.
“But I’m still looking forward to getting back out there in the playoffs.”
The Warriors are now 7-0 in the series.