Warriors End Kings’ 14-Game Home Streak
Golden State 90, Sacramento 83
SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 27 (Ticker) -- Derek Fisher gave the Golden State Warriors the lead. Jason Richardson and Troy Murphy made sure they did not give it away.
Fisher scored 11 of his 17 points in the third quarter and Richardson and Murphy made big shots down the stretch as the Warriors fought off a furious rally by the Sacramento Kings for a 90-83 victory.
"Tonight we waited too long to get started and it backfired on us," Kings guard Mike Bibby said. "We got too (comfortable) winning too many games in a row here. We thought (Golden State) was just going to give it to us. They came out and played a good game. They hit shots early and we weren't able to bounce back."
"The first 3 1/2 quarters, I don't know where we were, but we weren't into the game and (the Warriors) pretty much dominated it," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "I don't have an answer. We just never got it going and they started shooting better and moving the ball better."
Despite their struggles, the Kings battled back to forge an 80-80 tie with 1:38 to play on a 3-pointer by Ron Artest, who scored 11 points on 4-of-20 shooting.
"Today it was just a bad game," Artest said. "I'm just going to watch the tape and see what we did wrong. I felt pretty good. This game was a lot of errors, I just have to check it out. We had a lot of chances to still win. We've got to get back to how we were playing a couple of weeks ago. We're not playing both ends (of the floor) every game, only sometimes."
On the next possession, Richardson shot an airball that was rebounded by Murphy, who was fouled. He made the first free throw, missed the second and grabbed the rebound, leading to Richardson's 3-pointer for an 84-80 lead with 1:08 left.
"A great effort that last part of the game, but you get down to the end, you've got to rebound the ball and we didn't rebound the ball," Adelman said.
"I thought I'd throw the ball in the stands because I couldn't get it in anywhere else," Richardson said. "It was good to get that one in and get a little bit of confidence back."
Shareef Abdur-Rahim split two free throws before Fisher worked a pick-and-pop with Murphy, who drained a 17-footer from the right side for an 86-81 lead with 44 seconds remaining.
"We made plays tonight," Murphy said. "Usually what would be our M.O. for the year is that Bibby would hit some threes or somebody would start hitting some threes, they'd get a lead and we'd fold. Tonight guys stepped up and hit shots and that's what he have to do. It's a step in the right direction for us in the fourth quarter."
Richardson sealed it with two free throws 11 seconds later, giving Golden State (30-38) its fourth win in five games and moved within four games of the West's final playoff spot.
"We're still hungry," Richardson said. "The Kings got the playoff spot we want. We know we pretty much have to run the table from here on out but it was a big game and a good win for us."
Fisher was the sparkplug in the third period, when the Warriors turned a five-point halftime lead into a 69-54 advantage entering the final 12 minutes.
"We started to execute better in that third quarter," Fisher said. "There were a couple of times in transition where other guys got a chance to handle the basketball, which brought me off the ball and gave me some opportunities to get some good looks without the defense knowing I was coming, so tonight's game felt really good.
"This was some of the best balance we've had in a long time. It's good to get a win like this without having Jason to score 99 points for us to win."
During one sequence, the veteran guard made a layup, a steal and a 3-pointer for a 60-45 bulge with seven minutes to go. He added a 3-pointer late in the period for a 69-53 advantage.
Adonal Foyle scored 18 points, Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 17 and Richardson 16 for the Warriors, who shot 43 percent (33-of-76). Murphy had nine points and 13 rebounds.
Abdur-Rahim scored 24 points off the bench and Bibby added 22 on 8-of-23 shooting for the Kings, who had not lost at home since January 8 vs. Indiana.
"I'm surprised because we got back into it and had a chance to win the game," Abdur-Rahim said. "You're always going to have games like that we just have to be ready to go on Tuesday."
Sacramento was shorthanded as guard Kevin Martin sat out with a sprained ankle and swingman Bonzi Wells was ejected in the first quarter for batting the ball into the stands. The Kings trailed, 45-40, at halftime.
"They have to find a better definition of the ball in the stands," Artest said.
"When the ball goes in the stands, it's an automatic ejection and that changed a lot," Adelman said. "With Kevin out as well, the only guy we really had to guard Richardson was Ron Artest. Still, when it happened, we weren't playing the way we needed to play."