It has been more than 30 years since the Golden State Warriors won their first NBA championship.
But the Golden Bears have yet to return to the NBA Finals, and have been shut out in four of the last five finals, and were eliminated from the 2014 NCAA tournament after a 4-1 loss to Villanova in the first round.
On Saturday, the Golden Bear’s basketball team made a historic first appearance in the NBA Playoffs, as the Warriors beat the Brooklyn Nets by a score of 98-96.
The Golden Bears went into the game shooting just under 40% from the field, but shot 48% from 3-point range, making 11 of 16 from beyond the arc.
They shot an impressive 73.4% from deep, making their season-high 17 of 22 field goals.
The Warriors also had a breakout performance in the second half, scoring 25 points in the third quarter alone.
That included a steal and dunk by Andrew Bogut, and a free throw by Zaza Pachulia.
Golden Bears guard/forward Aaron Gordon scored 13 points, and forward/center David Lee scored 12 points.
Golden Bears guard Brandon Rush had seven rebounds, seven assists, and two blocks.
The team also had its first three-point field goal attempt of the season, and went ahead 14-8 with 7:15 left in the game.
Golden Bear guard De’Aaron Fox had three steals and an assist in the win, while forward/forward Josh Hartley had four points and three rebounds.