The Warriors battled back from a 15 point deficit, but ultimately fell short in a 131-127 barnburner in Sacramento on Wednesday. Stephen Curry caught fire in the second half, finishing with a season-high 32 points and six rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth. Jarrett Jack came off the bench and loaded up 28 with seven boards while David Lee had 29 to go along with eight rebounds and five assists. The Warriors won the rebounding battle 42-40, marking just the second time they've lost when ahead on the boards. Carl Landry scored 10 of his 14 in the fourth quarter for the Warriors, who will have one day of rest before hosting the Bobcats and the Lakers on back-to-back nights.
On tonight's game:
“It was very tough, disappointing to allow a team to score 131 points without one of their best players (Tyreke Evans). They scored 50 points in the paint. Give us credit. We battled. We got back into the ballgame but you cannot allow teams, individually or collectively, to establish a rhythm early on. It’s a tough game to win because guys establish rhythm, they establish confidence and it’s a bad loss for us. We move forward, learn from it and move forward to the next one.”
On the team's defense:
“They made plays, a lot of pick-and-rolls, a lot of isolations. We were a step slow. We didn’t finish our defensive possessions. We weren’t able to defend without fouling.”
On going into the game over-confident:
“That’s not a concern. I got a team that understands who we are and what we need to do to win. Sacramento Kings beat us tonight and we are a team that certainly can be beaten by the best and we can be beaten by the worst. We have to be playing Warrior basketball to continue the run we’ve been on.”
On difficulty slowing the Kings offense:
“I’m not sure, to be honest. I think we were just a step slow and came out here like we were entitled to something instead of coming out here hungry.”
On losing to teams under .500:
“Don’t have an excuse for it. Teams that we know that we’re better than, we’ve beat much better teams, some of the best in the league. So there’s no excuse. We’re going to have bad games. It’s a long season. It’s only December. We’re just going to keep our heads up.”
On getting back into the game:
“Their record isn’t good and they’re not one of the best teams in the West but they have a lot of explosive players. If you let them get into rhythm early and get confidence then you’re in trouble all night. A couple of their guards got it going and (DeMarcus) Cousins did a pretty good job in the second half and we just didn’t play our best. Give them credit for getting a good home win.”
BACK ON THE ROAD, KIND OF
Considering they just completed a road trip that took them up and down the Atlantic Coast, the short trek along Interstate 80 is a welcome venture for the Warriors. Now if they can only duplicate the success of that extended road trip … Wednesday’s date with the Kings will be the second of four games between the Northern California neighbors this season, and the Warriors will be looking to even the score. The Kings posted a 94-92 win over the Warriors in the state capitol last month, adding to the long list of close battles these teams have had through the years. Golden State is 184-183 all-time against the Kings, and the team by the Bay hasn’t lost a season series since the 2002-03 season.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors let it get interesting in the end, but a game-ending 11-4 run clinched a 103-96 win over the Hornets on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. Playing their first home game after a 6-1 road trip, the Warriors went 9-for-10 on free throws in the final minutes after the Hornets had come back from 14 points down to tie the game in the fourth quarter. David Lee had 26 points and nine boards and Jarrett Jack posted 16 points and 10 assists for his first double-double of the season. Klay Thompson added 19 points and Carl Landry had 16 points and nine boards for the Warriors, who have now won 10 of their last 12 games.
NO REST, NO PROBLEM
It’s normal for NBA teams to struggle when playing on consecutive days, but that hasn’t applied to the Warriors this season. Golden State is 5-1 when playing on the back end of a back-to-back, and four of those victories came on the road. The Warriors have struggled on the road in recent seasons, but this year’s squad has excelled in that department, so much so that only San Antonio has more road wins (11) than the Dubs.
DAVID PUTTING UP GOLIATH NUMBERS
The warriors.com staff recently made the case for David Lee to be an All-Star, but the fact of the matter is that he is doing that on his own accord. Lee’s playing as good as any big man in the game, and he has the numbers to back it up. He has scored at least 20 points in each of the last nine games and Tuesday marked the first time in eight games that he didn’t get at least 10 rebounds … For the record, he missed out on his eighth-straight 20/10 game by one whopping rebound. Lee now ranks 11th in the NBA in scoring (19.5 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (11.5 rpg). #DubTheVote
SACRAMENTO SCOUTING REPORT
The Kings have followed their longest winning streak of the season (three games) with their longest losing streak (five games). Their backcourt has been a bit of a question mark as of late, as Tyreke Evans seems to be a game-time decision on a nightly basis with a sore left knee. In addition, Marcus Thornton has missed the last four games for family reasons, but he’s expected to play on Wednesday night against the Warriors. Regardless of the state of the backcourt, the Warriors must deal with the inside presence of DeMarcus Cousins. He logged 23 points and 15 rebounds in the first Northern California showdown this season and he’s the main reason why the Kings rank fifth in the league in points in the paint (44.7 ppg).
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out.
SAC: Tyreke Evans (left knee) is questionable.
SAC: Tyreke Evans (left knee) is questionable.