The Warriors cruise to their sixth win in a row, beat the Sacramento Kings 144-100

March 25, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

 by Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland – The Golden State Warriors won their sixth game in a row as they defeated the visiting Sacramento Kings 114-100 Friday night at Oracle Arena.

The Dubs were not as dominating as they had been in their last four games but they were able to handle the Kings easily.

There were four lead changes and two ties in the first quarter of play. Sacramento led by a point 18-17 but the Dubs went on a 10-2 run to finish the quarter with a seven-point lead 27-20. The Warriors looked as if they were going to leave the Kings in the dust as they led 51-39. Sacramento, however, matched the Dubs with 30 points in the quarter and trailed 57-50 at the half. Steph Curry led the Dubs with 10. Ty Lawson tallied 18 for the Kings.

The Warriors, as they have done so many times this season, broke the game open in the third quarter. Draymond Green made three three-point shots to help the Dubs gain control of the game. Andre Iguodala, David West, JaVale McGee, and Steph Curry put together a 28-17 run to give the Dubs the lead 92-72 after three periods of action. In the fourth quarter, Steph made three consecutive three-point shots to ice the victory for the Dubs. The Warriors finished the game 114-100.

Game Notes and stats. The Warriors, with the win, are now 58-14 for the year and have just 10 games left on the schedule They lead the San Antonio Spurs by 2 games for the best record in the Western Conference. They will have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs if they finish first.

Steph Curry led the Dubs with a double-double. He knocked down 27 points, including 5 3-pointers, and had 12 assists to go along with 7 rebounds. Draymond Green had a season-high 23 points in the game. Klay Thompson had an off-night as he scored just 8 points. The story of the game was the play of the bench. Iguodala, McGee, West, Ian Clark, Shaun Livingston, and Matt Barnes all made contributions to help win the game. The Dubs defense was good, not as good as coach Kerr would have liked as he said “our defense was not very good tonight. We have to play better Sunday against Memphis.” However, the stat sheet show the Warriors outrebounded the Kings 44-37 and they had 14 steals and 8 blocked shots and forced 19 turnovers. The Dubs scored 36 points off the turnovers and scored 31 fast break points. The Warriors shot 49.4% from the floor.

The Warriors recorded 37 assists in the game and it was the 44th game this year with 30 or more assists. It was also the 37th game with 10 or more steals. They Dubs are first in the NBA in steals and blocked shots.

Scoring leaders for Sacramento were Buddy Hield with 22, Ty Lawson 20, Willie Cauley-Stein 12, Ben McLemore 11, and Skal Labissiere,10. Labissiere pulled down 10 boards to record a double-double.

The Warriors face the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday evening at Oracle Arena. Game time is at 5 pm. The Grizzlies have beaten the Dubs twice this year and the Warriors will be looking to even the series with a win.

 

 

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