Kings Drop Preseason Battle Versus Warriors

Sacramento and Golden State traded leads throughout Thursday’s contest, with the Warriors pulling away for a late victory, 105-96.
by Shahbaz Khan
Managing Editor, Digital

Starting Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo, Rudy Gay, Kosta Koufos and DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings played an impressive first quarter.

Beginning at the defensive end, the team forced eight Golden State turnovers. Cousins’ eight points in the opening frame led the team while Gay added a team-high three assists.

A 27-24 deficit was quickly negated by Sacramento’s standout second quarter, where defense earned the squad 12 points off turnovers and a five-point halftime advantage. At the break, Boogie and Kevin Durant were tied with a game-high 16 points each, while the visiting Kings forcing 15 turnovers.


The squads traded leads throughout the third quarter, where Golden State’s efficient shooting tied the game heading into the final 12 minutes.

Much like Tuesday’s preseason opener, Head Coach Dave Joerger played rookies Skal Labissiere, Georgios Papagiannis and Malachi Richardson for an extended period during the fourth quarter. Alongside Lamar Patterson and Jordan Farmar, the three built a late five-point lead before the Warriors responded with a 14-0 run to end the contest, netting the Dubs a 105-96 victory.

The game was surprisingly physical for a preseason contest and it’s clear Sactown is embracing that mentality.

“We played hard, played physical and got after people,” noted head coach Dave Joerger.

“I think that’s what we need,” said Matt Barnes following the contest. “I think myself and DeMarcus are like that. As long as we keep our energy focused in the right direction, I think we can light a fire under this team.”


  • Ty Lawson navigated the floor well in his first preseason start, earning the team several open looks after utilizing his speed to drive and dish.
  • No. 15 ended the night shooting 8-of-11 from the field, finishing with 20 points, six rebounds and four steals.
  • The team shot a combined 46 percent from deep with Matt Barnes and Garrett Temple hitting three three-pointers apiece.

The Kings will next face the Maccabi Haifa at Golden 1 Center on Monday at 7:30pm PT.

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