By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320
After losing to the NBA’s worst team — the New York Knicks — on their home court on Friday night, the Sacramento Kings (12-14) needed to bounce back into the win column in a big way versus the Golden State Warriors (5-23) on Sunday night in the brand-new Chase Center in San Francisco. After years of being the perpetual underdogs when facing the Warriors, the 2019 Kings knew they were the more talented team going into the game on Sunday evening.
The Kings dominated the first quarter shooting 62.5% from the field while outscoring the Warriors 26-18. It appeared that injury-depleted Warriors were well on their way to another humbling defeat at the hands of their Northern California neighbor.
The Warriors woke up in the second quarter
Golden State started attacking the basket using the dribble-drive to make layups and cut into the Kings lead. D’Angelo Russell (who may or may not be a Warrior much longer) and Damion Lee did most of the damage in the quarter. The Warriors outscored the Kings 16-8 in the paint.
Both teams shot 9-for-16 from the field in the second period. Sacramento held a 16-point lead at one point in the quarter, but Golden State trailed by just nine points at the half.
The Kings changed the story in the second half
Sacramento came out in the third quarter and shot 64.7% overall and 60.0% from 3-point range to outscore Golden State 28-17. The Kings were up 79-59 at the end of 36 minutes and had the game well in hand.
Luke Walton used 11 players in the game rather than just eight as he had in the previous games. A big lead will give a coach that luxury. The Kings outscored the Warriors in the final quarter 21-20. It was like the kid who has been bullied for years finally had the opportunity to get even and they did.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Kings had beaten the Warriors 100-79.
The Kings biggest lead in the game was 25 points. The Warriors largest lead was just three points.
The game was tied four times.
The lead changed four times in the game.
The Kings never trailed in the second, third and fourth quarters.
- Points in the Paint: SAC 46 GSW 44
- 2nd Chance Points: Kings 6 Warriors 5
- Fastbreak Points: SAC 10 GSW 4
- Rebounds: Kings 38 Warriors 26
- Assists: SAC 27 GSW 24
- Turnovers: Kings 27 Warriors 20
- Field Goal %: SAC 60.3% GSW 39.0%
- Bogdan Bogdanovic was the games high scorer with 25 points
- Former King Willie Cauley-Stein led the Warriors with 14 points
The Glass Cleaners
- Marvin Bagley III led the Kings with six rebounds
- Marquese Chriss was the Warriors leading rebounder with six
- D’Angelo Russell was the assist leader with eight
- Cory Joseph was the Kings assist leader with five dimes
The Kings travel to Charlotte to take on the Hornets on Tuesday night.
The Warriors also hit the road to play the Trail Blazers in Portland on Wednesday evening.