Kings Fall Short Against Pacers 107-104

Sacramento Kings’ Kevin Huerter (9) goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers’ Buddy Hield (24) during the first half in Indianapolis on Fri Feb 3, 2023 (AP News photo)

Kings Fall Short Against Pacers 107-104

By Barbara Mason

Friday evening the Sacramento Kings (29-22) took on the Indiana Pacers (25-29) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Pacers narrowly lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 112-111 Thursday night while the Kings are coming off a 119-109 win Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs. De’Aaron Fox was ruled out in this game for personal reasons. The Kings fell short on Friday night 107-104 to the Pacers.

Game recap: The first quarter was a tight one with the Pacers coming out on top 28-27. Indiana continued to pile on the points and won the second quarter 32-21 and led at the half 60-48. The Kings just could not get this game rolling in their favor.

Sacramento had a better second half winning the third quarter 32-27 and after three quarters trailed 87-80. The Kings pulled to within four points in the early minutes of the fourth quarter. The Kings bench was heating up with Chimezie Metu, Terence Davis and Malik Monk all shooting in double digits through three quarters.

When it looked as if the Kings were rolling the Pacers began to push taking a nine point lead with nine minutes left in the game. There was still plenty of time for Sacramento but they had to contain the Pacers offense.

The Kings got to within one point 94-95 with six minutes left put just could not push it over the top. Every time the Kings made a push, the Pacers answered and Sacramento was running out of time with 2:09 left on the clock.

The Kings won the third and fourth quarters but just came up short. They missed Fox in this game but got some great shooting from their bench and starter Harrison Barnes who finished with 23 points. Domantas Sabonis had 16 rebounds and 15 points. Kevin Huerter also had double digits shooting for 16 points.

Sunday the Kings will travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 PM.

Warriors Start Hot But Finish Cold Losing to Denver 134-117

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, center, loses control of the ball as Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins, left, and guard Jordan Poole defend in the first half at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Thu Feb 2, 2023 (AP News photo)

Warriors Start Hot But Finish Cold Losing to Denver 134-117

By Barbara Mason

After a tough loss last night in Minnesota, the Golden State Warriors (26-26) were back on the court against the top dog in the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets (36-16). The Warriors were challenged by Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.

The Nuggets are the number one team in the league from downtown so threats on every side including on the defensive side of the ball. The Warriors made it close in the first half but the Nuggets came out in the second half with some great defense and as expected some great offense from Jokic and Murray in a 134-117 win for the Nuggets.

The Warriors would be without Draymond Green who was a late scratch with right calf tightness. Jonathan Kuminga started in place of Green. Klay Thompson was also out due to injury management.

The Warriors starting lineup was Kuminga, Kevon Looney, Andrew Wiggins, Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole. Golden State also leaned heavily on their bench.

Game recap: The Warriors edged the Nuggets in the first quarter 35-34. The Nuggets came back to win the second quarter by 36-34 in this tight game. Denver led at the half 70-69.

The Warriors had a great first half. Early in the second quarter they already had 11 shots from downtown. They finished the half with 13 shots from beyond the arc shooting at almost 62%. Six of those three’s came off the bench.

Donte Divincenzo was four of four from downtown. Golden State was playing as well as one could in hostile territory shooting at 55.6 from the field. They had also protected the ball in this game with only five turnovers.

In the third quarter the Nuggets began to distance themselves from the Warriors. They led after three quarters 105-91. The nine turnovers from Golden State in the third quarter was a huge reason in the turnaround. The Nuggets had a 16-0 run and Golden State had a huge task in front of them.

In the fourth quarter the Warriors were getting stops but did not capitalize on them. The Nuggets extended their lead and won this game. The Nuggets took advantage of a stagnant Warrior offense in the final quarters of this game.

The Warriors bench had 38 points collectively. The high score for Golden State was Curry with 28 points. Poole had 22 points and Kuminga playing in place of the injured Green had a great game with seven rebounds and 17 points.

The Warriors head home to Chase to take on another great offensive team, the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Russell comes up big for Timberwolves in OT 119-114 to defeat Warriors

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels (3) shoots while defended by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Wed Feb 1, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The Minnesota Timberwolves (28-26) De’Angelo Russell got 14 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter at the Target Center in Minneapolis who help pave the way for the Wolves to get a narrow five point win over the Golden State Warriors (26-25) 119-114.

#2 Russell fouled out in overtime and Anthony Edwards took over in the early minute of OT, Edwards who didn’t score in the fourth quarter scored baskets in traffic in the overtime stanza and was big in overcoming Golden State scoring four of his 27 points in the overtime.

#3 Minnesota head coach Chris Finch said it was good to see Russell’s game before he fouled out “We needed it,” Finch said of Edwards. “It was good to see him get to the paint.”

#4 What was also important for the Timberwolves was they gained a half game on Golden State in the Western Conference standings.

#5 The Warriors will not get much rest as they head to Denver for a Thursday night game against the Denver Nuggets a 6:00pm tip. The Nuggets first in the Western Conference and have won seven of their last ten games. Jerry how do you see this match up tonight.

Jerry Feitelberg does the Golden State Warriors podcasts Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Wolves outlast Warriors in OT 119-114

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (1) works towards the basket while defended by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first half at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Wed Feb 1, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Anthony Edwards stepped up in overtime, D’Angelo Russell had a big fourth quarter, and the Minnesota Timberwolves battled back to upend the Golden State Warriors 119-114 Wednesday at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Golden State (26-25).

Minnesota (28-26) trailed the Warriors by 11 after three quarters. Russell, who scored 14 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, fouled out in the first minute of overtime. Then, after a scoreless fourth period, Edwards scored four of his 27 points as the Wolves outscored Golden State 9-4 in the extra period.

Leaders for the Warriors were Stephen Curry with 29 points and 10 rebounds, Jordan Poole had 18 points, Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points against his former team, and Draymond Green added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

After Curry missed a jumper in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, Minnesota was unable to get a quality shot off at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.

Minnesota played without center Rudy Gobert due to soreness in his right groin.

The Warriors’ road trip continues Thursday night at Denver.

Sabonis Pushes Kings Past Spurs 119-109

Sacramento Kings’ Domantas Sabonis, center, drives between San Antonio Spurs’ Jakob Poeltl (25) and Jeremy Sochan during the first half at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Wed Feb 1, 2023 (AP News photo)

Sabonis Pushes Kings Past Spurs 119-109

By Barbara Mason

The Sacramento Kings (29-21) kicked off the month of February in San Antonio taking on the Spurs (14-38) at AT&T Center. The Kings are coming off a win against the Timberwolves on Monday 118-111. The Kings Domantas Sabonis led with 34 points in the 119-109 ten point win over the Spurs on Wednesday night.

The first quarter was a tight one with the Spurs ahead 31-30 in the first 12 minutes. The Kings had a slow defensive start but made up for it in the second quarter winning it 31-23. They led at the half 61-54.

The Kings only had four turnovers in the half and were shooting at 56%. Sabonis had the high for the half with 21 points. De’Aaron Fox finished the first two quarters with 15 points.

Fox typically steps it up in the second half so the Kings had a decent handle on this game going into the third quarter. Sacramento needed to start hitting more shots from downtown hitting a dismal 15% in the first half.

The third quarter was another close one with the Spurs winning it 30-28. The Kings hung onto the lead 89-84 but the Spurs refused to go away. This was anyone’s game going into the fourth quarter.

Sacramento extended their lead in the final quarter and fought off San Antonio winning the game.

Sabonis had the high score with 34 points and as expected the second half was a good one for Fox with 31 points. Malik Monk had 22 points off the bench.

Sacramento will now travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers Friday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Curry asks city of Atherton not to develop near his property; Curry gets hit with $25k fine for throwing mouthguard in stands

Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors guard (30) responds to getting a technical and thrown out of the game after throwing his mouth guard into the stands on Wed Jan 25, 2023 at the Chase Center in San Francisco against the visiting Memphis Grizzlies (USA Today photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 Dave, big story today as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and his wife Ayehsa Curry have asked the city of Atherton to not develop more townhomes near their property. Curry stated for the benefit of his wife and kids that Atherton which carries the most affluent zip code in America that he doesn’t want development near his land because of “safety and privacy” reasons which he wrote in a letter to the city of Atherton. It should be noted that other neighbors are collaborating with the Curry’s in protesting against further development in the neighborhood.

#2 For the second time Curry was fined $25,000 for throwing his mouth guard into the stands most recently he was fined after getting mad after teammate Jordan Poole missed a 3 point shot with just 1:14 left in Wednesday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies the first time he did it was in an NBA playoff game. Curry was ceremoniously ejected and Poole ended up scoring the game winning basket with just seconds remaining in the contest.

#3 The Warriors now on a three game win streak tip off against the Minnesota Timberwolves (27-26) on Wednesday night in Minneapolis at the Target Center. The Timberwolves are coming off a 118-111 loss Monday night against the Sacramento Kings in a two game series. The Timberwolves took the first game on Saturday 117-110. Talk about how you see Warriors and Timberwolves going into Wednesday night.

Join David Zizmor for the Warriors podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings face struggling Gregg Popovich and Spurs in San Antonio on Wednesday night

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, left, goes up to shoot while defended by Sacramento Kings forward Trey Lyles (41) during the first half at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Mon Jan 30, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremaih:

#1 The Sacramento Kings (28-21) came away with a two game split against the Minnesota Timberwolves (27-26) on Saturday the Kings took a seven point loss but came back on Monday night with a seven point win 118-111 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

#2 Leading the way for the Kings on Monday night was leading scorer De’Aaron Fox with 32 points Trey Lyles had eight of 11 points to help carry the Kings in overtime to a win.

#3 Scoring 19 points and a big contributor was Malik Monk, Domantas Sabonis had 17 points, and 13 rebounds and fouled out of the game, and Keegan Murray had 13 points and 13 rebounds. In a all hands on deck game for the Kings.

#4 For the 2022-23 campaign the Kings topped their season high with 15 steals and 18 turnovers were converted into 21 points against Minnesota.

#5 Jeremiah the Kings are headed for San Antonio Wednesday night against the Spurs for a 5:00pm tip off at AT&T Center in San Antonio. What has happened to the Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and his team they have now lost six straight games are 14th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 14-37.

Join Jeremiah Salmonson for the Sacramento Kings podcast regularly heard on Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kings claim OT win over Wolves 118-111

From left to right, Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray (13), forward Trey Lyles (41), guard De’Aaron Fox (5) and forward Harrison Barnes celebrate during overtime at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Mon Jan 30, 2023 ( AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Monday, January 30, 2023

Trey Lyles scored eight of his 11 points in overtime, De’Aaron Fox poured in 32 points, and the Sacramento Kings picked up their 12th road win of the season Monday in Minneapolis with a 118-111 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Along with Fox and Lyles, Malik Monk netted 19 points, Domantas Sabonis scored 17 points along with 13 rebounds, and Keegan Murray contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds for Sacramento (28-21), which has the third-best record in the NBA Western Conference.

The Kings had a season-high 15 steals, and converted 18 Minnesota turnovers into 21 points.

Anthony Edwards scored 33 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Timberwolves (27-26), reaching the 30-point plateau for the fifth time in the Wolves’ last six games. Edwards also committed six turnovers. Rudy Gobert had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

After Sabonis fouled out, Lyles took over at center for Sacramento, starting the overtime period with a 3-pointer before dunking on Gobert, earning a three-point play. Lyles’ slam dunk with 37.8 seconds remaining gave the Kings a five-point lead, putting the game away.

Fox hit shots to give the Kings a lead twice in the final 1:48 of the fourth quarter. He missed a fadeaway jumper as time expired in regulation. Jaden McDaniels sank a game-tying 3-pointer for the Timberwolves with 13.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

The game was tied 103-103 at the end of regulation. The Kings outscored Minnesota 15-8 in overtime

The win gave Sacramento a split of the two games in Minneapolis after losing 117-110 on Saturday.

Sacramento continues its road trip in San Antonio on Thursday.

Golden State Wins Despite Thunder Challenge 128-120

Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (3) in the first half  at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City on Mon Jan 30, 2023 (AP News photo)

Golden State Wins Despite Thunder Challenge 128-120

By Barbara Mason

Two teams with close to identical records clashed Monday night. The Golden State Warriors (26-24) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (24-26) met at Paycom Center. This was important meeting for both teams and the Warriors factored in when it came to seeding and tiebreak purposes. The Warriors came away with the win 128-120 guard Stephen Curry led with 38 points.

The Warriors had a great start in the opening quarter scoring 38 points and leading after the first 12 minutes 38-20. The Thunder won the second quarter by the slim margin of 28-25 and the Warriors held onto a nice lead at the half 63-48.

The Thunder have been very good in the second half of games lately winning nine games of their last 13. Golden State would have to hunker down in the second half.

The Thunder won the third quarter 37-31 and after three quarters had trimmed a 21 point deficit to nine points and the Thunder were making quite a comeback.

The Warriors offense went cold in the fourth quarter and with 8:11 left they had a two point lead 100-98. The empty possessions had to stop and the Warriors had to get some stops.

At 2:34 the Warriors made their move taking a 115-107 lead. They did it forcing the Thunder into turnovers and some timely three’s from Jordan Poole and Curry. The Warriors had won three in a row.

Curry had an amazing game scoring 38 points and 12 assists. Draymond Green also had 12 assists and nine rebounds. Klay Thompson had 28. Andrew Wiggins had a far improved game with 15 points and four rebounds. Poole also finished with 15 points. It was an all-around win with some great defense and some great execution of shots late in the game.

This three-game road series moves on to Minnesota taking on the Timberwolves Wednesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 PM.

Timberwolves Defense Tops Kings Offense 117-100

Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis (10) sets up against the Minnesota Timberwolves center Luke Garza (55) at the Target Center in Minnesota on Sat Jan 28, 2023 (@SacramentoKings photo)

Timberwolves Defense Tops Kings Offense 117-100

By Barbara Mason

Saturday night the Sacramento Kings (27-21) took on the Minnesota Timberwolves (27-25) at Target Center. Minnesota is coming off a win over the Memphis Grizzlies 111-100 while the Kings lost to the Raptors 113-95 Wednesday night.

Prior to that game, the Kings beat the Grizzlies in a blow out 133-100 last Monday. The Kings after winning six straight games have no dropped their second straight game this one in the first of two back to back games against the Timberwolves 117-100 on Saturday night.

The Kings are currently in third place in the Western Conference and the Raptors are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference.

The Timberwolves won the opening quarter 29-21 but the Kings came roaring back in the second quarter winning it 38-28. At the half the Kings had a slim lead 59-57.

The Raptors dominated the third quarter winning it 33-22 and led going into the fourth quarter 90-81. The Kings had made a move in the second quarter but Minnesota was the better team tonight.

De’Aaron Fox had a slow start that persisted through the first half but had picked it up in the second half finishing with 29 points. Minnesota had 19 turnovers but the Kings were unable to cash in on them. The Raptors shot at 52% while the Kings were at 45% and Sacramento really struggled from beyond the arc.

Anthony Edwards had a great game for the Raptors shooting for 34 points and D’Angelo Russell finished with 25 points. The Minnesota defense was outstanding and more than the Kings could handle in this game.

The Kings will have another go at the Timberwolves Monday night at Target. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 PM.