Warriors rout Kings 137-106; Curry leads with 30 as Golden State goes wire to wire

Lots of happy Golden State Warriors Kevon Looney (5), Stephen Curry (30) and Kent Bazemore standing behind Curry. Curry finished the night with 30 points against the Sacramento Kings on Mon Jan 4, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

San Francisco- For the second game in a row, the Warriors put 137 points on the board to rout the Sacramento Kings 137-106 at the Chase Center. The Warriors led wire-to-wire. They went on an 8-0 run to start the game. The Warriors put the pedal to the metal as they attacked the basket on offense, and their defense stifled the Kings’ offense.

The Warriors playing their third game in four nights, did not look tired as they ran the court. They had the motion game working as they recorded a season-high 41 assists. They shot 52% from behind the three-point arc. They connected 23 times in 43 tries. 

In the first quarter, the Warriors, behind Stephen Curry’s 13 points finished the period leading 37-20. Draymond Green connected on his first three early in the quarter. Kelly Oubre, Jr. made the first of four threes to make it 8-0 minutes into the game. 

The Warriors won the second quarter 31-28 to finish the first half leading by twenty 68-48. Curry paced the Warriors with 23 points. De’Aaron Fox had 11 for Sacramento. Former Warrior Harrison Barnes had nine, and big Hassan Whiteside finished with eight. 

The Warriors continued to pound the Kings in the third quarter. Oubre made a couple of threes to help increase the Warrior lead to a 25 point advantage 100-75.

Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr did not play Curry, Green, Oubre, and Wiseman in the fourth quarter. Wiggins was the only starter still playing. The Warriors’ second unit kept the pressure on the Kings. They outscored Sacramento 37-31. Bench players Eris Paschall, Jordan Poole, Mychal Mulder, and rookie Nico Mannion finished the game. Mannion made his NBA debut Monday night. The Warriors won by a final of 137-106.

Game Notes and Stats: With the win, the Warriors are now 4-3 for the year. The Kings drop to 3-4. The Warriors have now scored 30 or more points in eight consecutive quarters. 

Eric Paschall had his fifth straight game with double figures. Draymond Green finished with five points, five rebounds, and five assists.  Curry had another big night with 30 points, nine boards, and eight assists.

Curry made five threes in 12 tries. Kelly Oubre, who had a tough time making a three-point shot in the first six games, connected four times in six attempts. He finished the night with 18 points. He was a force on both ends of the court.

Andrew Wiggins had 16. Wiggins proved that he could be a playmaker as he recorded five assists. James Wiseman, playing just 17 minutes, had ten points and five rebounds. Eric Paschall had 14, Kevon Looney 11, and Mychal Mulder 12. Mulder was four for four from three-point range.

De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes led the Kings with 18 each. The Warriors defense held Buddy Hield to just ten points. Hield made two threes that extended his streak to 73 consecutive games making a three-pointer. 

The Warriors shot 52.9% from the floor and 53.5% from beyond the three-point arc. The W’s held the Kings to 39% from the floor and 28.6% from three-point range. 

The Warriors meet the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night at the Chase Center. The game will start at 7 pm.

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