The Warriors won their second game in as many nights, beating the Kings 109-90 on Sunday in Sacramento. Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors with 25 points and Jordan Poole added 22, while Nemanja Bjelica and Jonathan Kuminga came through with big performances off the bench as the Dubs picked up their 50th win of the season.
Although the Warriors led by as many as 26 points, Sacramento cut their deficit down to seven points. But with the game on the verge of getting away from the Dubs in the final period, Draymond Green came through with some playmaking in the clutch, assisting made shots on three straight Warriors possessions to put the Warriors back in front by double digits.
The win completed the Warriors’ four-game season sweep of the Kings, who are now eliminated from contention for the play-in tournament. The Dubs improve to 50-29 on the season, and they’ll now get three days off before hosting the Lakers on Thursday in the final regular season game at Chase Center.
GREEN STEPS UP
With the Warriors playing a day after a comeback win over Utah that clinched a playoff berth, several of the Warriors veterans were sitting out the back end of a back-to-back in Sacramento. But Draymond Green suited up and he made an immediate impact. He knocked down a pair of 3-pointers early in the opening period for his only points of the game, and his passing late in the contest helped keep the Warriors in front.
With the Kings on a 15-1 run to make it 93-86, Green had the ball outside the three-point line and the shot clock winding down. He started driving toward the basket before passing to Gary Payton II, who was cutting to the basket along the baseline. Payton caught the pass and converted the shot at the rim for his only points of the game.
Green would assist the next two shots – a Wiggins 3-pointer and Kuminga dunk – as the Warriors answered the Kings’ run with a 16-2 spurt of their own.
WIGGINS COMES THROUGH
Wiggins’ 25 points matched the most he has scored in a game in 2022. The All-Star wing shot 50 percent from the floor and 4-for-7 on 3-pointers, while also tallying five assists on the night. Wiggins played a key role in the Warriors’ run that put the game away, including a drive down the middle of the lane that he finished with a thunderous slam.
STRONG START FOR THE DUBS
The Warriors had the three-ball falling early. They made five threes before making their first two-point shot nearly seven minutes into the game. Green, Poole and Kuminga each made a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter and the team shot 7-for-12 from distance in the first quarter. While the Warriors were knocking down the shots from the perimeter, their defense held Sacramento to 29 percent shooting in the quarter, and the Dubs went into the second period up 28-14.
BIG GAME FROM BJELICA
Former Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica put together perhaps his best game of the season, finishing with season-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds along with six assists and two blocks. He made the first four shots he attempted and he either scored or assisted on seven of the Dubs’ first nine made shots of the second quarter. Bjelica was one of three Warriors reserves to score in double figures, as Kuminga finished with 17 points and Lee came through with 11 points while being on the receiving end of several of Bjelica’s assists. That strong bench effort resulted in Warriors reserves scoring almost half of the team’s points, outscoring the Kings’ reserves 54-33.
PLAY OF THE NIGHT
Toward the end of the second quarter, Wiggins dribbled through a double-team and drove toward the basket. As the help defender closed in, Wiggins dished to a cutting Kuminga, and the rookie showed off his explosive bounce and threw down a reverse slam.
The bucket was one of several standout plays from the No. 7 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, who bounced back from two straight scoreless outings with one of his better all-around efforts (17 points, 6-for-11 FGs, 2-for 3 3FGs, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) of the season.
ADDRESSING THE TRAGEDY IN SACRAMENTO
Sunday’s game was played under a dark cloud in Sacramento after a mass shooting took place in the early hours of Sunday morning in Downtown Sacramento, not far from the Kings’ home arena. Prior to the game, Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr spoke on the incident that left six people dead and 12 others wounded.
- Golden State won its 50th game of the season, marking the 11th time in franchise history, and the seventh time in the last nine seasons, that the Warriors have reached the 50-win milestone… They join the Spurs, Mavericks, Pistons and Lakers as franchises that have won 50 games at least seven times in a nine-season span.
- The Warriors swept the Kings (4-0) in their season series… The Warriors have won six of the last seven meetings against the Kings, including the last five-straight overall and the last two in Sacramento.
- Tonight’s win snapped the Warriors’ three-game road losing streak.
- Golden State held Sacramento to 90 points, improving to 23-2 this season when holding opponents to 99(9-1 on the road).
- The Warriors limited the Kings to 38.3 percent shooting from the field, improving to 14-2 this season when holding opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field.
- Golden State’s eight blocks were one shy of its season-high mark of nine (four times).
- The Warriors made 16 threes, improving to 31-7 in games they record 15-plus threes… They have made 36 threes over the span of their last two games, both wins.
- The NBA announced the start times of the Warriors’ final two games of the regular season earlier today, they face the Spurs in San Antonio at 5:30 p.m. (PDT) on April 9, and the Pelicans in New Orleans at 6:30 p.m. (PDT) on April 10.
- Jordan Poole scored 22 points, extending his career-best 20-point streak to 17 games (26.4 points per game over that span)… Ten other Warriors in franchise history have had a 20-point streak of that length… It marked his 33rd game this season with at least 20 points.
- Nemanja Bjelica recorded his third double-double of the season with season-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds… He also recorded a season-high-tying two blocks in a season-high 30 minutes (prev. 26).
- Andrew Wiggins tallied a game-high 25 points, marking his 20th 20-point game of the season.
- Jonathan Kuminga scored 17 points in 31 minutes off the bench… It’s his 28th game scoring in double figures and the 26th double-figure outing in 28 appearances that he logs at least 20 minutes.