Thanks to a huge defensive stop by Andrew Bogut and some hot shooting by the Splash Brothers, the Warriors defeated the Kings 115 -113 Sunday evening in Sacramento. Stephen Curry (36 points, 10 assists) and Klay Thompson (28 points, career-high eight threes) combined for 13-of-19 shooting from beyond the arc. David Lee and Harrison Barnes added 11 points each, while Andrew Bogut logged another double-digit rebounding night with 12 boards. The Kings had 24 total turnovers, leading to 33 Warriors points. Next up for the Warriors is a matchup against the Toronto Raptors on Warriors Ground on Tuesday evening.
On the defensive play by Andrew Bogut:
"Big time play, I thought his defense overall was stellar. Playing a premier big man (DeMarcus Cousins) he forced him to make tough shots. He's the anchor of our defense. He did a great job of coming over from the weak side and big-time shot blocker."
On the team's defense:
"That's when we're at our best. We're active with our bodies. We're active with our hands. We did a very good job forcing them into turnovers and you have to do that on the road. Overall I thought that we were pretty sharp. They made shots. The thing that I'm most proud of is that they put together a run. We kept our heads up. We executed offensively and big plays by different individuals but awfully proud of the win today."
On the team's backcourt:
"I have a great backcourt with two guys that can light up the scoreboard. The thing that I love most about them is people fall in love with the shooting which is the obvious but they compete. They have really developed into a really good defensive tandem. I thought both guys did an outstanding job on the defensive end."
On closing out a close game:
"It's been frustrating as of late now being able to close out games especially on the road. Everybody stepped up and they played. Klay hits a big three. Draymond with a big tip-in. Made them take tough shots. They were making a couple but then Bogut comes back and cleans the glass on the last play. Everybody pitched in. It was a good learning lesson for us to continue to stick to the program even though it has a turn…eventually we'll figure it out."
On his career three-point shooting:
"I got a lot of open looks. I let it fly. That's how I got to play - just let it fly and not think about it."
On the defensive backcourt:
"Any fan in the NBA, most of them, they're not going to even notice the defensive side of ball as far as rotations, being in the right spot at the right time. It's easy to follow the offense. That's how we're going to be great. Commit to that and don't base our performance too much off of our offense because that's not going to be there every night; defense, we can control that."
After suffering a heartbreaking overtime defeat in Oklahoma City on Friday, the Warriors return to Northern California for the final game of their four-game road trip, a 3:00 p.m. tip against the division rival Sacramento Kings. This will be the second of four matchups between the two squads this season, with Golden State already having won the first encounter 98-87 at Oracle Arena on November 2.
LAST TIME OUT
The Thunder returned the favor Friday night, as the Warriors fell 113-112 in overtime on a last-second three-pointer by Russell Westbrook. The Dubs can be proud of the way they played, but this one stings. Stephen Curry recorded a double-double with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Harrison Barnes was spectacular, and tied a career-high with 26 points. GAME RECAP
BUILDING UP BARNES
There is no easy way to get over a crushing loss like the one the Warriors suffered at the hands of Russell Westbrook and the Thunder on Friday night. Just seconds away from what would have been the most impressive road victory of any team in the league this season, Golden State must go back to the drawing board to figure out how to come through with a more positive result the next time they’re in that situation. All is not lost, however. The Warriors can and should feel great about the way they played in such a hostile environment, and some players were significant bright spots, particularly Harrison Barnes. Going head-to-head against one of the top-two players in the world in Kevin Durant, Barnes more than held his own, outscoring Durant with a career-high-tying 26 points, on five less shots no less. While Andre Iguodala continues to be out recovering from a hamstring injury, the opportunity is there for Barnes to showcase the immense talent he displayed in the playoffs last year, and he seems to be taking advantage of it. DUB THE VOTE
AVOIDING THE AVOIDABLE
When you’re already down a few players due to injury, losing the healthy ones to foul trouble can be extremely debilitating. Although the Warriors maintained their lead when Andrew Bogut had to sit in the third quarter on Friday, Bogut fouled out in the first thirty seconds of overtime, and you have to wonder if that ultimately proved the difference in the game. Klay Thompson has also gotten himself into foul trouble lately, and it’s caused matchup problems for the Dubs, particularly on the defensive end. Playing aggressive is one thing; taking bad fouls is entirely another. The Warriors don’t have the depth right now to be able to afford losing one of their core players for large stretches of the game, and they need to play smarter in order to prevent that from happening.
SACRAMENTO SCOUTING REPORT
Ex-Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone’s first season in Sacramento has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start. After entering the season with promises of a new era of Kings basketball, the early results have largely remained the same, as they’ve stumbled out of the gate to a lowly 4-10 record. Seeking to change things up, the Kings have already made one trade, acquiring forward Derrick Williams from Minnesota, with the hopes of re-energizing a roster that possesses much more talent than their record indicates. DeMarcus Cousins continues to put up All-Star numbers, and he’s been more involved in the offense this year than ever before. After losing three of four games to their northern neighbors a season ago, the Warriors know much better than to underestimate the Kings, regardless of how much they may be struggling at this time.
GSW: Toney Douglas (stress reaction, left tibia), Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Andre Iguodala (left hamstring strain) and Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth metacarpal fracture, right hand) are out.
SAC: Carl Landry (left hip flexor tear) is out.
SAC: Carl Landry (left hip flexor tear) is out.