Warriors Win Splash-Fest in Sacramento
Dubs and Kings Set Single-Game Record for 3-Pointers
The Warriors won a wild one in Sacramento, beating the Kings 127-123 on a night that saw the teams set an NBA 3-pointers record.
The Warriors won the splash party and the game, beating the Kings 127-123 on Saturday night in Sacramento.
The Warriors and Kings combined to make 41 3-pointers, the most in a game in NBA history, and Stephen Curry and the Dubs had the last laugh. Curry had 20 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Warriors while Kevin Durant added 29 points and nine assists and Klay Thompson tallied 20 points in the back-and-forth battle.
A thriller with Sacramento, that might sound familiar. Each of the previous Warriors-Kings games this season went down to the wire, and this game had just as many, if not more, dramatics than the first two when Klay Thompson made a game-winner at home in November and a go-ahead 3-pointer last month as part of a 17-2 run to end the game in Sacramento. And like the others, the Dubs had enough to finish this one out, only this time it was Curry with the big shots.
The two-time MVP played the entire fourth quarter, opening the frame with a 3-pointer and knocking down three more in the period to finish with 10 in the game. His last one came with 2:59 left in the game, and it’d be the record-setting 41st and final of the game.
The Warriors were 21-for-47 from three, and the Kings made a franchise record 20 treys on 36 attempts. Buddy Hield made a career-high eight threes for 32 points for Sacramento and Justin Jackson came off the bench and was 5-for-7 from distance for 28 points.
For the Dubs, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Quinn Cook got in the splash party with three threes apiece. Durant made a couple of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, but it was his dunk in the first quarter that was his top highlight of the game.
That dunk was part of a hot start for the Dubs, who at one point made 13 consecutive shots. The Kings hung with the Dubs and it was tied at 22-22 before the Dubs went on a 15-0 run. The Dubs finished the quarter 43-29, their seventh 40-point quarter of the season.
But Sacramento responded with a 40-spot of their own in the second quarter and remained hot into the third quarter, when Hield went 5-for-5 on 3-pointers. The Kings led by as many as nine points, but the Dubs had the last laugh in this game of runs that featured 11 ties and 18 lead changes.
Now 26-14 on the season, the Dubs will have a few days off before opening a two-game homestand on Tuesday night against New York. The Knicks’ lone Bay Area visit this season will also mark Andre Iguodala Bobblehead Night, presented by realtor.com.
More notable moments from Saturday's game:
- The Warriors have won seven of their last eight road games… The Warriors have won four-straight games over the Kings in Sacramento (12 of the last 15)… Golden State has won 21 of its last 25 games versus Sacramento overall.
- This marks the first time in NBA history two teams in the same game made at least 20 three-pointers (Elias Sports Bureau).
- The Warriors lead the Pacific Division and are currently tied for second place in the Western Conference with Oklahoma City, trailing Denver by 1.5 games.
- Golden State improves to 24-6 (.800) when making 10-or-more three-point baskets this season (made 20 tonight). After shooting 50.5 percent in tonight’s game, the Warriors own a record of 14-1 when shooting 50.0 percent-or-better from the field this season.
- The Warriors starting lineup of Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry appeared for the 12th time this season (their most used starting five of the season).
- Stephen Curry scored a game-high 42 points, his fourth outing of 40-or-more points this season… He made 10 threes on 20 attempts, his 10th career game with 10-plus three-pointers made (Warriors are 10-1 in those games) and second outing of 10-or-more threes this season, an NBA-leading mark (multiple players have recorded one such game)… Curry passed Kyle Korver (2,274) for fourth place on the league’s all-time three-point baskets made list (he now has 2, 277)… He scored 20 points in the game’s fourth quarter, the second quarter of his career scoring 20-or-more points (has scored 20-plus in any quarter 24 times in his career).
- Kevin Durant tallied 29 points and a game-high nine assists… Tonight marked his 13th consecutive game scoring 20-or-more points (26 of the last 27 games; 37 total such games this season).
- Klay Thompson scored 20 points (8-15 FG, 3-6 3FG), his 22nd game of 20-or-more points this season. Draymond Green posted 12 points (5-7 FG), with seven rebounds, seven assists and two blocks.
- Quinn Cook led all reserves with 10 points (3-6 FG, 3-4 3FG), his 12th game on the season scoring 10-or-more points (recorded his first career four-point play; Warriors eighth of the season).
- Jonas Jerebko grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.