Nearly an hour after the Warriors' 99-88 regular-season-ending victory over Portland on Wednesday at the Rose Garden, Stephen Curry sat at his locker stall, still hugging the game ball.

On a night when Curry established a record for three-pointers in a season, the Warriors (47-35) decided their first-round playoff matchup, having used eight wins in their final 12 games to clinch the Western Conference's sixth seed.

They'll open the first round against the third-seeded Nuggets in Denver at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

"It's just special, man," Curry said. "I grew up watching Ray Allen play and shoot, and I did shooting drills with him when he played with my dad in Milwaukee. I have appreciation for how well he has shot the ball over his career, and especially that one season. This is a pretty special moment for everybody in here."

Curry didn't do much, recording only 15 points and five assists, but he made 4-of-11 three-pointers to move past Allen on the NBA's single-season list. Curry made 272 three-pointers, eight seasons after Allen drilled 269 for Seattle, and Curry needed a captivating, late-season push to do it.

He made 16 three-pointers in the two previous games to draw one short of the record heading into the finale. When Curry's record-setting three dropped in the second quarter, the Warriors' bench erupted into a dance party.

"History tells us to think it's not possible, but obviously, this is a team that does not pay attention to history," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. "It's a total team record. ... Collectively, they celebrated."

They had plenty to cheer about the rest of the way as Klay Thompson tried to match LaMarcus Aldridge point for point.

Thompson scored a team-high 24 points and made his fifth three-pointer to ignite a 17-4 run after Portland had trimmed a 16-point deficit to three in the fourth quarter. Aldridge had 30 points and 21 rebounds - the first opponent to record a 30-point, 20-rebound night against the Warriors since Dwight Howard had 45 points and 23 rebounds while attempting a record-setting 39 free throws last January.

Power forward David Lee had his 56th double-double to become the first Warrior to lead the league in the category since Wilt Chamberlain in 1963-64, and center Andrew Bogut returned from a two-game absence with a bone bruise to his surgically repaired left ankle and looked lively in grabbing eight rebounds and blocking two shots in 17 minutes.

Most importantly, the Warriors wrapped up a culture-changing regular season with some momentum as they head to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

They led the league in three-point shooting and made at least 50 percent of their field-goal attempts in 22 games. They finished fourth in field-goal defense and limited opponents to less than 40 percent shooting 19 times. They finished first in defensive rebounding and beat the opposition on the boards 48 times.

The league seems to have taken notice.

"I said he was one of the guys that had the potential of having the three-point record in a season or in a career," Allen, now a guard in Miami, told the Palm Beach Post. "I knew maybe five or six games ago, at the rate he's playing, there's no way he won't break it."