Warriors Gut Out Win Against Charlotte 110-105

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots a 3-point basket over Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Washington during the first half at Chase Center in San Francisco on Tue Dec 27, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Gut Out Win Against Charlotte 110-105

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday night the Golden State Warriors (17-18) hosted the Charlotte Hornets (9-26) at Chase Center. This is the second and final game in which these two teams will meets this season. The Hornets beat the Warriors in overtime in their first game last October.

That loss was on the road and set the stage for the string of losses that have followed. The Warriors picked up another win on this homestand with a 110-105 win over the Hornets.

The Warriors needed to start fast and one key in this game was to lock up the paint. The Hornets are not great from downtown and they are also sketchy in defensive transition, weaknesses that the Warriors wanted to exploit. Charlotte’s Kelly Obre Jr. was out for this game.

Obre is a key piece in this rotation and will miss this game with a right hand sprain. LaMelo Ball will pick up the slack for Charlotte along with Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward.

The Warriors looked for another fast start in this second game of their home-stand. Last Sunday Jordon Poole had an amazing start and Klay Thompson did not get going until the second half.

The first quarter was a great start for Golden State with both Poole and Thompson off to the races from the start. The Warriors led 37-26 after the opening quarter. The entire bench was also contributing with some great offensive play.

Golden State led at the break 65-52. They had slightly extended their first quarter points lead and had contained Ball who only had seven points and was in a bit of foul trouble with three at half time.

Thompson had the start we were all waiting to see finishing the first half with 20 points and Jordan Poole had 12 after two quarters. Golden State only had six turnovers in the half, another plus.

After three quarters the Warriors held onto an eleven point lead 89-78. The Hornets really dug in offensively with a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter. The Warriors saw a 17 point lead shrink down to 96-95 with 7:07 left in the game. This game got very uncomfortable in the final four minutes.

The game was tied at 101 with 4:07 left on the clock. Both teams had committed thirteen turnovers and the three’s were just not falling for Golden State. They only had eight from downtown; they were eight of 37. Both teams were shooting at 41% and both teams were pretty miserable from beyond the arc.

The Warriors really stepped up in the final minutes to close out the game. Jonathan Kuminga was on fire playing like a veteran, especially down the stretch. He was four of four in the fourth quarter. You have to credit the Hornets with the comeback they made. They came up just short as Golden State won yet another game at home.

Thompson finished with 29 points and Poole had 24. Off the bench Kuminga had 14 points and six rebounds playing a huge role in this win.

Tomorrow night the Warriors take on the Utah Jazz in a tough matchup. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Charlotte Bests Sacramento 125-119

The Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) moves towards the basket against the Charlotte Hornets center Mason Plumlee (24) at Golden One Center in Sacramento on Mon Dec 19, 2022 (@SacramentoKings photo)

Charlotte Bests Sacramento 125-119

By Barbara Mason

Monday night the Sacramento Kings (16-13) hosted the Charlotte Hornets (8-23) at Golden 1 Center. The Kings come into this game riding on a two game winning streak. In a back and forth contest the Hornets hung on to beat the Kings at Golden One Center in Sacramento 125-119.

The Hornets took a 39-30 lead after the first 12 minutes. 20 seconds into the second quarter the Hornets had taken an 11 point lead. The Kings began to slowly turn things around and with 5:30 left in the half the game was tied at 50. At the half the Hornets led 66-63. The Kings missed three shots in a row in the final minute erasing the seven point lead they had taken in the final 21/2 minutes of the second quarter.

The Hornets Kelly Oubre Jr. had 17 points in the first half. Domantas Sabonis finished the half with 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings. Along with Sabonis, De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes also had double digits in the half.

The Kings erased a 12 point Hornets advantage taking the lead 87-85 at 2:29 in the third quarter. Sacramento was clinging to a one-point lead 92-91 after three.

With two minutes left in the game, the Kings trailed 118-112. Sacramento pulled to within two points 118-116 at 1:10. Charlotte refused to give up the lead and with 56 ticks left on the clock led 122-116. The final was 125-119 in favor of the Hornets.

Despite the loss the Kings saw some nice numbers from their starters. De’Aaron Fox finished with 37 points and Sabonis had 28 points and 23 rebounds. Sacramento just couldn’t come up with enough to put the Hornets away.

The high score for the Hornets was Kelly Oubre Jr. with 31 points. LaMelo Ball finished with 23.

Wednesday night the Kings will host the Los Angeles Lakers. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors return home after racking up 0-6 road trip; Host the Kings tonight at Chase Center

A view of the Golden State Warriors bench on Fri Nov 4, 2022 in New Orleans (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, how depleted do the Golden State Warriors seem after resting their three key players Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson and taking a nine point 114-105 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night in Pelican town.

#2 The Pelicans Brandon Ingram lead the Pelicans with 26 points and contributed on offense keeping New Orleans in the drivers seat for most of the game.

#3 What was remarkable was Ingram had missed four games in a row due to a concussion and was glad for the timing of getting back in the line up to face the Warriors.

#4 The Warriors Jordan Poole led Golden State with 20 points and nine assists, Ty Jerome had 18 points, and Kevon Looney was the only regular starter that was in uniform.

#5 The Warriors return to the nest tonight at Chase Center and host the Sacramento Kings who are coming off two road wins against the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets.

Barbara Mason does the Warriors podcasts Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Warriors fall to Hornets in overtime 120-113; Golden State’s third loss in last five games

Golden State Warrior guard Stephen Curry (30) can’t look as the Charlotte Hornets Theo Maledon (9) does his own splash hit with a three pointer at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte on Sat Oct 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Fall to the Hornets In Overtime 120-113

By Barbara Mason

Saturday evening the Golden State Warriors (3-3) took on the Charlotte Hornets (3-3) and took their third loss 120-113. Friday night the Hornets were soundly beaten by the Orlando Magic 113-93. Golden State was last on the court Thursday against the Magic winning that contest 123-110.

At the end of the first quarter the Warriors were overwhelmed trailing 34-23. After the loss yesterday, the Hornets were an angry bunch and they took it out on the Warriors. After the second quarter, the Hornets took a 62-50 lead into the locker room.

Warrior guard Stephen Curry had 12 points as did Jordan Poole off the bench. Gordon Hayward, P.J. Washington and Kelly Oubre Jr. all had double digits for Charlotte. Golden State had their work cut out for them going into the second half.

Nearly four minutes into the third quarter, the Warriors had not found the basket trailing 67-52. They were shooting around 35% and the Hornets were dominating Golden State offensively and defensively.

The Warriors had no rhythm so far in this game. With 6:53 left in the third the Warriors made their first shot of the quarter. Klay Thompson and Curry hit back to back three’s cutting a fifteen point deficit to seven. The Warriors had trimmed the Hornet lead to five with four minutes left in the quarter.

Every time the Warriors got to within five points, the Hornets responded. The two teams began to trade baskets in a high octane third quarter. With 2:06 left, the Warriors took the lead 80-78. The Warriors dominated in final minutes of the third winning it 33-18. Charlotte took an 85-83 lead into the final quarter.

With 3:15 left in the game the Warriors continued to trail 101-98. Golden State desperately needed to string some shots together if a win was in their future. With 2:44 remaining the score was tied at 101. With 1:02 left on the clock the Hornets called a time-out now trailing 107-103. Charlotte cut the Warrior lead to 107-105 and Warrior head coach Steve Kerr called a time-out in response. The Hornets tied up the game at 107 and this game went into overtime.

This was the first overtime for the Warriors this season. Both Curry and Draymond Green were operating with five fouls. With 2:01 left in the overtime, the Hornets took a 114-111 lead and the Warriors were climbing uphill yet again. With 1:02 on the clock it was a one score game 116-113 in favor of the Hornets.

One of the culprits in this game was the 31 Warrior fouls to Charlottes 14. You have to give a lot of credit to the Charlotte Hornets who fought hard in the absence of LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier.

All five starters for Golden State had double digits but it just wasn’t enough.Curry had the high score for Golden State with 31 points. Off the bench Poole kept the Warriors in this game with 24 points. The Warriors had some great opportunities in the final minutes of the fourth quarter but did not take advantage of them.

There will be no rest for the Warriors as they travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 PM.

Heat can’t stop Warriors Curry with 33 pts in 123-110 win

The Miami Heat Jimmy Butler (left) gets ahead of the Golden State Warriors Andrew Wiggins in first half action at Chase Center in San Francisco on Thu Oct 27, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

Golden State Warrior guard Stephen Curry scored 33 points leading the Warriors on the top of the scoring leaderboard. Curry’s ten crucial points in the fourth quarter help keep the Warriors ahead. Curry also added seven assists and nine rebounds to his total in keeping the Warriors in the contest in the Warriors 123-110 win over the Miami Heat.

The Heat’s Tyler Herro tried as he might to defend Curry but to avail Curry just came loose on Herro including a move losing Herro and faded back and sank a three point shot with 5:23 remaining in the game to make it 108-100. Curry added some more at 3:15 moving past the Heat defense for a layup and at 2:40 hitting another three pointer, and then a long outside shot at 2:04 as the Warriors never looked back.

During the current four game homestand Curry has 30 or more points and Andrew Wiggins had 18 points and ten rebounds, and had a collection of three pointers five in all scoring 19 points for the night. Warriors Jordan Poole drove and got a pass around the Heat’s defender Bam Adebayo to teammate Ty Jerome who hit a three pointer to make it 100-92 with 9:36 left. Poole also added a jump shot at 8:07 to pull the Warriors with an eight point lead 102-94.

The Heat got scoring from Adebayo who led with 26 points, forward Jimmy Butler 27 points, and Max Strus 14 points, Kyle Lowery scored 12 points and eight assists. The Heat playing on back to back nights having played on Wednesday night in Portland getting a 119-98 win.

The Charlotte Hornets host the Warriors on Saturday night. The Hornets will have come off back to back nights having played in Miami and back to Charlotte to host Warriors for a 4:00pm tip.

Kings Lose Heartbreaker to Charlotte 124-123

Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges (0) reaches up to block a shot by Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) shot in the first half of action on Fri Dec 10, 2021 in the Spectrum Center Charlotte (AP News photo)

Kings Lose Heartbreaker to Charlotte 124-123

By Barbara Mason

After a hard fought game the Kings lost by a single point to the Hornets 124-123 squandering a significant lead in the third quarter .

The Sacramento Kings have won three games in a row, two of which were impressive wins over a very good Los Angeles Clippers. Los Angeles is in fifth place in the Western Conference so these wins were encouraging for Sacramento. The Kings are currently in tenth place in the Conference. They followed those wins over the Clippers with a third win over the Orlando Magic.

Tonight the Kings (11-14) took on the Charlotte Hornets (14-13) at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC looking for a fourth win in a row.

The first quarter was very close with the Hornets leading by the slimmest of margins 37-36. The second quarter was equally as close as the first quarter. The Kings came out on top in the quarter 35-32. At halftime Sacramento was leading 71-69 in a real dog fight.

In the third quarter the Kings led by as much as 12 points. In the final three minutes of the quarter the Hornets began to really heat up and trailed by a single point as the third quarter came to an end 99-98. The Kings had a lot of work to do in the final quarter of this game. They needed to put the stops on the surge that Charlotte finished the third quarter with.

Charlotte refused to back off in the early part of the fourth quarter and took the lead for the first time in the second half 101-99. The Kings De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton and Terence Davis were driving this game with the help of some great work off the bench from Marvin Bagley, Buddy Hield and Davion Mitchell.

The Hornets continued to extend their lead in the final quarter. The Kings began to miss far too many shots combined with turnovers and Sacramento was really struggling and would have to dig deep to win this game. They had to regain the momentum they had going in the third quarter.

Sacramento fought hard in this game but came up just short losing 124-123. They had every opportunity to win this game but just ran out of gas. They had great efforts from Fox with 31 points, Davis with 19 and outstanding work from their bench. It was a very tough loss for the Sacramento Kings.

There will be no rest for the Kings taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow night. The Cavs will be another tough game for the Kings as they try to get back on track. Tipoff

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings get big double digit contributions from six scorers in Wed’s win over Orlando

Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III is thrilled after scoring a three pointer in the first quarter against the Orlando Magic on Wed Dec 8, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento. The Kings play against the Charlotte Hornets tonight in Charlotte (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 There is little doubt that the Sacramento Kings (11-14) left it all out on the floor on Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic ((5-21) at Golden One Center in Sacramento with a convincing 142-130 win.

#2 Jeremiah, the way you saw Wednesday night’s game did it seem that both coaches Jamahl Mosely for the Magic and Sacramento Kings Alvin Gentry just open up the floor and never the mine the defense and it was about who was going to make it to the finish line?

#3 The Kings had six scorers finish in double figures and De’Aaron Fox finished on top with 33 in a game like that Fox had to be drained at it’s conclusion and he no doubt made every shot count.

#4 The Kings Tyrese Haliburton had a big fourth quarter and finished up with 18 points tied for second in scoring on Wednesday night.

#5 The Kings tip off with the Charlotte Hornets (14-13) tonight at 4pm, the Hornets who got swept in a two game series with the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday 127-124 in OT and Wednesday 110-106 are looking to get back in the win column. Jeremiah how do you see the Kings and Hornets matching up tonight.

Join Jeremiah for the Sacramento Kings podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

It was raining buckets at Golden One Ctr as Kings beat Magic 132-130

Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) takes a shot against Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Wed Dec 8, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night. The Kings were well-rested, having played two games last week. The last game the Kings played was on Saturday when they took on the Los Angeles Clippers in Sacramento.

The Kings managed to take care of the Clippers by beating them by the final of 104-99. The Kings welcomed in the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. The Magic didn’t come in a very successful team in 2021 with a record of 5-20. The Kings handled the Magic at home by the final 142-130.

Wednesday game recap: The Kings were set to take on the Orlando Magic on Wednesday at 7 PM PST in Sacramento.

In the first quarter, It wasn’t a spotless start to the game from either team. The Kings and Magic both struggled on the defensive end of the floor. The Kings scored 38 points compared to the Magic with 36 points in the first quarter. The Magic were hitting their three-point shots, which was the biggest reason they were in the game.

However, the Kings were saved on offense by a few three-point makes from Marvin Bagley towards the end of the quarter. Cole Anthony started the offense for the Magic with 8 points as his counterpart De’Aaron Fox had nine for the Kings.

It was more of the same for the Kings in the second quarter. The Kings defense didn’t step it up much in the second quarter. The Kings woes on the defensive end reared their ugly head towards the end of the half.

The Kings had built a bit of a lead as the half was winding down only to see the Magic come back and make it a 70-67 game going into Halftime. Yes, the Kings had the lead, but it wasn’t pretty. The Kings outscored the Magic 32-31 in the second quarter.

The Kings were led by De’Aaron Fox in the first half, who scored 13 points. Cole Anthony led the Magic in the first half with 16 points. The Kings would look to close the game in the second half by tightening up the defensive end of the floor. The Kings entered the game with a seven-point spread against the Magic, according to Vegas.

In the third quarter, the Kings would grow the lead back up. The Kings defense slightly improved from the first half holding the Magic to 25 points in the third, the lowest total of the game so far. On the other hand, the Kings scored 34 points in the third to expand their lead to 104-92, heading into the final 12 minutes.

The Kings managed to hold off the Magic in the fourth quarter and win the game 142-130. The Kings and the Magic played terrible defense in the last quarter, in which the Kings and Magic both scored 38 points.

However, the Kings scored at least 30 points each quarter and held the Magic under 30 points in the third quarter. That was the difference in the game. De’Aaron Fox led the way for the Kings putting up 33 points in 33 minutes of action. Counterpart Cole Anthony led the Magic with 33 points in 35 minutes on the court. The Kings are 5-3 since firing head coach Luke Walton and replacing him with interim coach Alvin Gentry.

Up Next: The Kings head out on the road to take on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday at 4 PM PST.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Did Warriors look lethargic in loss to Charlotte?

The Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) plays defense on the Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward (20) Sun Nov 14, 2021 in Charlotte (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 The Golden State Warriors (11-2) lost their second game of the season to the Charlotte Hornets (8-7) snapping their seven game win streak in the game they looked awfully tired and their just starting the first of a four game road trip on Sunday night.

#2 Warriors top scorer Andrew Wiggins was getting his shot to fall scoring 28 points tops on the leaderboard and followed up by Warrior guard Stephen Curry 24 points.

#3 The Hornets Miles Bridges led with 22 points, LeMelo Ball 21 points and Terry Rozier 20 points as the top three scorers for the Hornets Sunday.

#4 Rozier said after the game that the Hornets are trying to get somewhere like the where the Warriors are and the Hornets put out their best efforts.

#5 The Warriors head to Brooklyn to take on former teammate Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets (10-4) tell us how you see this game Tuesday night at the Barclay Center.

Barbara Mason does the Warriors podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Warriors 7 game Winning Streak Comes To An End 106-102

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) looks to throw the ball inbounds over Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II (0) Sun Nov 14, 2021 in Charlotte (AP News photo)

Warriors Winning Streak Comes To An End 106-102

By Barbara Mason

The Golden State Warriors (11-2) missed far too many wide open looks from downtown against the Charlotte Hornets (8-7) losing 106-102. The Warriors shot 9-39 from long range and just the fact that they were in this game till the end was amazing in itself.

Sunday afternoon the Warriors faced the Hornets on the road. The Warriors will be minus one of their weapons and that is their fan base, one of the loudest crowds in the NBA. The Warriors are coming off an eight-game home stand in which they went 7-1 winning all seven games by double digits. Road games can be an entirely different challenge.

The Hornets will be looking for a little revenge after having lost to Golden State less than two weeks ago. The Hornets can be inconsistent but they can also heat up and give the Warriors some real trouble.

The Warriors have to have a fast start and control the turnovers. Charlotte is the worst defensive team in the NBA but they are also a high octane offensive team. The Warriors have to take advantage of the Hornets ineffective defense. They will also have to contain the trio of Miles Bridges, LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward.

The Hornets led at the end of the first quarter 30-27. They were up to their old tricks and had seven turnovers which robs them of a possible seven shot attempts. They will have to clean that up going forward in this game.

There were far too many turnovers by Golden State in this game and at the half this game was all tied up at 57. The two highest scoring teams in the league were living up to their reputations. In the third quarter the Warriors would have to contain Ball who already had 19 points and was 4-6 from downtown. They needed to convert those wide open looks that they were missing in the first half as well.

Mid-way though the third quarter this game was as tight as the Warriors have seen all season. They were tied up at 70 and the Hornets were giving the Warriors all they could handle.

28 points in 26 minutes for Andrew Wiggins was big for Golden State. The fourth quarter of this game saw lead changes every minute or two. This game was going down to the wire with both teams struggling offensively in the final three minutes of this game.

Would this be the game that saw the winning streak end for the Warriors? With 44 seconds left in the game it was all knotted up at 102. The Warriors were 9-39 from downtown which is something seldom seen from this team and could prove to be their undoing.

The Warriors continue their road trip on Tuesday night taking on the Brooklyn Nets. Tipoff is at 7:30PM.