Golden State Warriors Wednesday game wrap: The Warriors blow it open in the third quarter, roll past the Sacramento Kings

February 15, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors, hoping to rebound from the blowout loss to Denver Monday night, did not play well for the first 24 minutes of the game. The Kings beat the Dubs in Sacramento and wanted to continue to play their game and beat the Dubs again. Their hopes would fall by the wayside as the Warriors came to life in the third quarter and blew out the Kings by a score of 109-86.

The first two periods of the game were very close. The Dubs led by 10 19-9 about halfway through the quarter. The Kings slowed down the Warrior offense, and the Kings closed the deficit to three as the period ended with Golden State leading 28-25. The Warriors were not able to get anything going in the second period. The Kings slowed the game down. They made a couple of key threes and were able to tie the game at 47. The Kings took the lead with a three to end the half leading the Dubs 50-47. They outscored the Dubs 25-19 in the quarter, and things looked ominous when the Warriors’ All-Star forward, Draymond Green was called for a double technical near the end of the half. Green was ejected from the game, and his loss sent a chill through the crowd as their best defender was not available to stop the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins.

The Warriors started slowly in the second half. The Kings held the lead at 57-54, and the fans were starting to squirm as they realized the Kings might beat the Dubs again. However, the Warriors showed the Kings and the fans why they are the best team in the NBA. They are not only the best offensive team in the league, but they are also the best defensive team, too. The Dubs went on a 28-2 run to blow the game wide open. Klay Thompson knocked down 17 as he went on one of his patented runs when everything goes in for him. The Warrior defense held the Kings to just 15 points in the quarter, and they scored 42 to end the third period with a 23-point lead 89-65.

Klay Thompson started the fourth quarter but was pulled very quickly after the game was well in hand. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant sat out the entire period. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr inserted his second and third unit players to finish the game. James Michael McAdoo. Ian Clark, Patrick McCaw, Damian Jones, and Briante Weber all saw several minutes of playing time. The Warriors win 109-86

Game Notes and Stats- With the win, the Warriors improve to 47-9. The Kings, just a game and a half behind Denver for the eighth playoff berth in the Western Conference falls to 24-33. The Warriors extended the NBA record to 142 consecutive games without two losses in a row. The Warriors are off for the next 8 days for the annual All-Star break. The Warriors expect Zaza Pachulia and David West to return to action after the break.

Klay Thompson led the attack with 35 points. Klay remarked after the game that the team “got back to our brand of ball.” He credited his teammates as they “did a great job of feeding me.”Kevin Durant had a solid performance with 21 points, 7, assists, 7  rebounds, and 4 blocks. Steph had 13, 9 assists, 8 boards, and he blocked 2 shots. McAdoo had 7 points, and 2 blocks and Andre Iguodala scored just 5 but he, too, blocked two shots but was a force on defense, especially in the third quarter.Kerr said that Andre” had a huge impact in the game.” Matt Barnes led Sacramento with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Cousins was held to held to just 15. He scored 40 against the Lakers Tuesday night. Willie Cauley-Stein added 14 and Darren Collison finished with 14.

Steve Kerr was pleased that “our guys responded beautifully. We were in a tough spot without Draymond.” He also remarked that “our defense led to a lot of easy baskets.” He said “we love Draymond. He plays with an edge, and we need that edge. We sometimes struggle without him. We don’t want to take away the chip on his shoulder.”

The Warriors shot 48.8% from the floor and 37.1% from beyond the 3-point arc. They had another game with more than 30 assists(32 to be exact.) The Dubs lead the NBA in steals and blocked shots. They had 10 steals and 11 blocks in Wednesday night’s game. They had a 38-9 advantage in fast break points.

The Warriors are off until Thursday, February 23rd when they play the LA Clippers at Oracle Arena. Game time is at 7:30 pm.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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