The Golden State Warriors (47-29) came out ready to play from the opening tip off and absolutely throttled the Sacramento Kings (27-49) en route to a 102-69 victory on Friday night.
The Warriors dominated on both sides of the ball holding the Kings to just 17.9% shooting and a season low 27 points in the first half. The Kings had ten turnovers in the first half, and only made seven field goals.
This was a complete win for Golden State with seven players in double figure scoring. Klay Thompson was the leading scorer with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. Harrison Barnes broke out of his slump and added 16 points to the offensive attack.
The game was never in doubt from the beginning of the first quarter throughout the rest of the game. The Kings could not hit a shot, and their defense was in complete disarray.
Coach Mark Jackson commented after the game, “This was a big time win, and a big time effort. This was a game that we had to go and get.”
The Warriors were without the services of Andrew Bogut (Pelvic Contusion), and David Lee (Hamstring) for the fourth game in a row. Both worked out prior to the game and are feeling great, but were held out to build their “basketball stamina” for one more day.
The Kings offense was paced by center DeMarcus Cousins with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.
The Warriors will look to continue their playoff push as they face the Utah Jazz on Sunday night at 6pm.
Notes: This is the first season sweep for the Warriors over the Kings since 1991-92….Thompson and Stephen Curry are the first tandem of teammates to score over 200 three-point field goals in consecutive seasons…. The 27 points allowed by the Warriors defense was tied for the lowest half total in the history of the franchise…. This was the 75th consecutive sell out at Oracle Arena.