Kings Slip in Battle of Halves
A strong start was overcome by a third-quarter surge by Golden State, who defeated Sacramento 117-106.
In what was arguably the team’s strongest start to date, Sactown jumped out to an early double-digit advantage on the back of impressive early play by Rudy Gay. The veteran forward scored 15 points in the opening frame, leading the team to a 54-percent quarter while holding the Warriors to just 9-of-23 from the floor.
The Kings extended their lead to as many as 16 in the ensuing period before Klay Thompson erupted for 10 points to reel Golden State within seven at the half.
At the break, Sacramento held their NorCal opponents to 3-of-14 from three-point range, forcing 10 turnovers along the way. The trio of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 37 of the Warriors 51 points.
Unfortunately, the hometown Kings weren’t able to replicate their first-half production, hitting on just five field goals in the third. Meanwhile, Golden State caught fire en route to a 39-point frame – enough to secure a 10-point advantage headed into the final 12 minutes. The Kings were unable to fight back in the final frame, falling to the Pacific Division leaders 117-106.