Warriors Outlast Kings in Sacramento
The Golden State Warriors (32-22) were able to withstand the pesky Sacramento Kings (18-36) on Wednesday night to get their first win since the All-Star break. The Warriors were efficient with the ball, and had a strong fourth quarter performance to down the Kings 101-92.
David Lee paced the Warriors with another double-double performance scoring 23 points on 10 of 20 shooting, while collecting 11 rebounds. Klay Thompson added another solid outing with 18 points and 5 assists.
Both teams were without their starting centers as Andrew Bogut missed his fifth straight game with a shoulder ailment, and DeMarcus Cousins missed the game with a hip flexor strain.
The Warriors jumped out to an early advantage over the Kings, and grew the lead to 15 points midway through the second quarter. However, Sacramento point guard Isaiah Thomas then lead a charge, and the Kings fought back with a solid third quarter and held a brief lead heading into the fourth at 76-75.
The Warriors were able to get the lead back early in the fourth quarter off of a corner Klay Thompson three pointer that spurred a Warriors 26-16 run. The Kings defense attempted to thwart any scoring from All Star Stephen Curry in the fourth quarter, however this strategy backfired and opened up the offensive lanes for forwards David Lee and Draymond Green to put the game away for Golden State.
The Warriors did not shoot well from the field at 45%, however they had one of their most efficient games of the season with only seven turnovers and were able to snatch 14 steals from the Kings.
The Kings were paced on offense by guard Isaiah Thomas who dropped in 26 points and 7 assists from the field. Sacramento dropped to 0-8 when DeMarcus Cousins is not in the lineup.
The Warriors return home for a possible Western Conference Playoff preview with the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.
Notes: The Warriors upgraded their roster with a trade on Wednesday night by bringing in Guard Steve Blake from the Lakers in exchange for MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore…. Retired Tight End Tony Gonzalez sat courtside with Kings Owner Vivek Ranadive for the game…. Warriors are advising fans to take public transit for the game on Saturday night due to the Monster Truck show at the Coliseum.by