By Gabe Schapiro
On Saturday night the Golden State Warriors (2-1) made easy work of their intrastate rivals, the Sacramento Kings (1-2), winning 98-87 at Oracle Arena. Klay Thompson led the way with a game-high 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 3-of-8 beyond the arc.
The Warriors jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. A little over a minute into the second quarter a layup from the Kings Jason Thompson brought them within nine points, but that would be the last time Golden State’s lead wasn’t in the double digits.
To open the second half Sacramento made a strong push, going on an 8-0 run, but their momentum was squashed just as quickly as it started, when the Warriors found their shot again and responded with a 15-0 run of their own.
Heading into the fourth quarter Golden State had built a 20-point lead. From there they eased off the gas pedal and gave the end of their bench some playing time. As a result the Kings had their best quarter, but it was far too little too late, as the Warriors coasted to the victory in a game that was more lopsided then the final score would indicate.
The other half of the ‘Splash Brothers,’ Stephen Curry, had another strong game, finishing with a double-double. He scored 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting, five-of-eight from long distance, and dished out 12 assists.
David Lee, last year’s league leader in double-doubles, did it again for the 295th time of his career, contributing 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Andrew Bogut had a relatively quiet night on the stat sheet with six points and six rebounds, but on the defensive end he held DeMarcus Cousins at bay, and also chipped in four blocks.
For Sacramento it was their bench who did the most damage, with four of them finishing with double-digit points, led by rookie Ben McLemore, who scored a team-high 19.