Warriors Lose Second Home Game To Pacers 112-104

Indiana Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard shoots while defended by Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (5) during the first half at Chase Center in San Francisco on Mon Dec 5, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Lose Second Home Game To Pacers 112-104

By Barbara Mason

Monday night the Golden State Warriors (13-12) took on the Indiana Pacers (13-11) looking to extend their winning streak at Chase Center. With some strong offense and holding the Pacers back on great defense the Warriors defeated the Pacers 112-104.

The Warriors had a cool start in the opening quarter and trailed after the first 12 minutes 34-21. The Warriors won the second quarter 29-25 but continued to trail at the half 59-50 playing from behind for most of the first two quarters.

After three quarters the Pacers continued to lead 89-81. Golden State did get to within five points but the lead had eluded them so far. Stephen Curry who had a very quiet first half hit his first two three’s in the quarter. The team would need Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole in the fourth quarter to pull this game out. The Warriors were only shooting at 39%. Golden State shot 31 points in the quarter to the Pacers 30.

Indiana called a quick time-out in the fourth quarter after one minute of play. The Warriors had pulled to within four points 89-85 looking to take the lead. The Pacers have been a fourth quarter team this season, the best in the league, but with 9:13 left in the game the Warriors took their second lead of the game 93-92.

The Pacers had done a great job guarding Curry all night and took a 109-102 lead with under three minutes left in the game. The Warriors just didn’t have the legs to finish the game and the Warriors lost their second home game of the season.

The Pacers played a great game. They came out on fire shooting 55% and never let down. The high score for Indiana was Andrew Nembhard the rookie out of Gonzaga. He finished with a career high 31 points.

The Warriors couldn’t get anything going in the game trailing for most of it. The three’s were not falling going 11 of 44. Thompson had 28 points in this game and Poole finished with 23. It was just an off night for the Warriors rarely shooting as poorly as they did tonight. Ball movement was stagnant at times for Golden State and they will need to bounce back quickly for their next game Wednesday.

The Warriors will head out on the road to take on the Utah Jazz Wednesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors host Pacers Monday night; Golden State going for three straight wins

The Houston Rockets forward Kenyon Martin Jr (6) drives to the basket and past Golden State Warrior defenders Jordon Poole (3) and Stephen Curry (30) at the Chase Center on Sat Dec 3, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 On Saturday night the Golden State Warriors Andrew Wiggins scored 36 points and shot eight 3’s to tie his career high.

#2 Both Houston Rockets and Warriors were coming off back to back nights. The Warriors just simply had an unstoppable offense with their 120-111 win.

#3 Guard Stephen Curry hit eight 3’s as well and scored 30 points and was a big contributor to the Warriors offense on Saturday.

#4 In the third quarter Wiggins hit consecutive threes and went 14-19 as the Warriors picked up their tenth straight win on their home floor.

#5 The Warriors host the Indiana Pacers on Monday night the Pacers have won three of their last five games how do you see this match up Monday?

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

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings battle Clippers in the Southland Saturday

Indiana Pacers guard Buddy Hield (24) tries to defend a pass between Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis (10) and guard Kevin Huerter (9) during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Wed Nov 30, 20222 (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson:

#1 The Sacramento Kings (11-9) had there way with a 137-111 win over the Indiana Pacers (12-9) at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Wednesday night

#2 The Kings got key scoring from top scorers Harrison Barnes and Malik Monk both who finished with 22 points to beat the Pacers.

#3 Monk has been going good in the last five games Monk has scored 20 points.

#4 The Kings before Wednesday night’s win they were on a three game loss streak previous to that the Kings had won seven straight games and looked to be back on track after their win over the Pacers.

#5 Kings are in the Southland to face the Los Angeles Clippers (13-10) on Sat Dec 3. The Clippers have won six of their last ten and dropped their last game to the Utah Jazz (13-11) 125-112 in Utah.

Join Jeremiah for the Kings podcasts Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Barnes and Monk lead Kings in scoring defeat Pacers 137-114

Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox (right) welcomes former teammate and Indiana Pacer guard Buddy Heild (24) back to Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Wed Nov 30, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night. However, it was no ordinary weeknight game. Wednesday marked the return of Tyrese Haliburton. Haliburton was the subject of much controversy last year as he was moved at the trade deadline for former All-Star Domas Sabonis.

The NBA community and Haliburton himself have widely scrutinized the trade. Haliburton quickly became a fan favorite before the surprise trade. Haliburton has been very vocal on Twitter about his displeasure about leaving Sacramento, and he has backed that up with excellent play. The Kings were set to take on the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at 7 PM PST. The King dominated the Pacers 137-114.

In the first quarter, the Sacramento faithful were out in full force. Every time Buddy Hield got the ball, they would reign down boos from the rafters. On the court, the Kings played one of the better quarters of the season so far. The Kings outscored the Pacers 33-20 in a solid offensive show. However, the defense is what stood out. Harrison Barnes started the game out hot, scoring eight points in the first.

In the second quarter, the Kings continued to put up a formidable fight on the defensive end. The Pacers picked up the offensive pressure in the second quarter, but the Kings continued to play solid defense. The Kings limited the Pacers to 28 points in the second quarter.

The Kings scored 29 points in the second quarter to take a 62-48 lead into halftime. Barnes led the way for the Kings in the first half, scoring 13 points. Former King Hield scored 13 for the Pacers. If the Kings kept up the defensive intensity, they would come away with a win.

In the third quarter, the defense was not great for the Kings. However, it wouldn’t matter because the Kings offense took over. The Kings scored a massive 45 points in the third compared to the Pacers’ 35. The Kings would take a 106-83 lead into the final 12 minutes of the game. It was all but a done deal in Sacramento. The only question was could the Kings seal the deal?

In the fourth quarter, the Kings did just that. The Kings finished the game strong and defeated the Pacers 137-114. It was maybe the best game played by the Kings this year. They played well in the first half, winning the defensive end of the floor and, in the second half turning up the offensive jets.

It was an impressive win for the Kings, who improved to 11-9 on the season. The Pacers fell to 12-9. The Kings and Pacers both scored 31 points in the fourth. Yet, that doesn’t tell the whole story before the Kings bench came into the game. The Kings ran away from the Pacers in the fourth at one point up more than 30 points.

Barnes led the Kings in victory, scoring 22 points. Jalen Smith led the way in defeat for the Pacers, scoring 22 points. It was a fabulous win for the Kings after a rough three-game losing streak.

Up Next: The Kings travel to LA to take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday at 1 PM PST.

Kings lose by 5 to Suns 122-117; Sac drops three straight games

The Sacramento Kings Malik Molnk (0) takes a jump shot against the Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and guard Damion Lee (10) at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Mon Nov 28, 2022 (@ SacramentoKings photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Monday night in Sacramento. The Kings were fresh off multiple days of rest and a tough east coast road trip. The Kings had a three city swing that took them through Memphis, Atlanta, and Boston.

The Kings went 1-2 on the trip dropping the last two games in Atlanta and Boston. On Monday they hoped to reverse the tide against the Phoenix Suns. Tip off was set for 7 PM PST in Sacramento. The Kings lost to the Suns 122-117.

In the first quarter, it was a fairly even game for both sides. The Suns came out with a bit more offensive power than the Kings out scoring them 31-26 in the first quarter. Kevin Huerter was keeping the Kings in the game early.

In the second quarter, the Kings played very well. Defense was still to be wished for but the Kings managed to score 38 points on the Suns in the second quarter. The offensive showing was impressive given that the Suns are one of the top defenses in the league. The Suns scored 32 in the second. Heading into halftime the Kings led the Suns 64-63.

In the third quarter, it was all Suns. The Kings went from a high powered offense in the second to only managing 20 points against the Suns in the third quarter. The third quarter is really where the Kings lost the game. The Suns scored 28 points in the third to take a 91-84 lead into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Kings put up a fight. However, it ultimately wasn’t enough to stop Devin Booker who lead with 44 points and led the Suns in scoring. The Kings outscored the Suns 33-31 in the final quarter but it wasn’t enough to overtake Phoenix. The Kings lost the game 122-117.

The Kings had a chance to have the last possession of the game only down three points but were unable to grab the rebound after a great defensive stop. It was a frustrating game for the Kings who received a sub par performance from star De’Aaron Fox. Domantas Sabonis had an impressive game with 17 points, 9 assists, and 10 rebounds.

Malik Monk led the way for the Kings with 30 points. However, the story of the night was the dominating performance from Devin Booker who scored 44 points. The Kings will turn their attention to the next game to rebound.

Up Next: The Kings stay home to take on the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at 7 PM PS

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Close win ends Kings three game loss streak over Pacers; Sac in Orlando Saturday

Indiana Pacers guard Buddy Hield (24) passes the ball past Sacramento Kings guard Davion Mitchell (15) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Wed Mar 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, the Sacramento Kings (26-48) got a last second tip in by Damian Jones that just got the Kings over the hump and defeated their hosts the Indiana Pacers (25-48) 110-109 on Wednesday night in Indiana.

#2 The Kings Trey Miles took a three point shot but with just 0.2 seconds left on the clock that missed and Jones jumped and tipped in the shot for the winner. Jones and the Kings have played much improved basketball of late.

#3 The Kings had lost three straight game previous to coming to Indiana and Kings head coach Alvin Gentry says the Kings have struggling on the road and winning Wednesday’s game against the Pacers was important.

#4 Gentry said he knows what Jones can do on being aggressive on the boards and Jones had a great block and got the winning tip.

#5 The Orlando Magic (20-54) have been playing .500 ball of late winning four of their last eight they lost their last game Wednesday to the Oklahoma City Thunder (21-52) 118-102 but one thing about the Magic lately you just don’t know which team is going to show up. The Magic and Kings go at it Saturday night in Orlando.

Jeremiah does the Kings podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Morris Phillips: Kings gave it their all in overtime loss to Suns on Sunday

The Phoenix Suns Landry Shamet takes a three point shot against the Sacramento Kings in the overtime stanza for what would be the game winner at Golden One Arena in Sacramento on Sun Mar 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Sacramento Kings podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris at one time during Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns (58-14) the Sacramento Kings (25-48) had a ten point lead in third period but with a whole fourth period left the Suns came back out scoring the Kings 27-23 to force a tie and go into overtime.

#2 The Suns Devin Booker fouled out of the game and that handicapped the Suns slightly and the Kings who tied things up at the end of the fourth period 124-124 looked as if they might have a shot at beating one of the best teams in the NBA.

#3 With 31 seconds left the Suns Landry Shamet hit a three pointer in the overtime stanza after missing an previous shot above the arc and the three pointer by Shamet proved to be the game winner.

#4 The Kings in their own right were short handed missing their key offensive star point guard De’Aaron Fox as Davion Mitchell started for Fox and scored 28 points and Domantas Sabonis had 18 points great effort tough loss for Sacramento.

#5 The Kings will tip off against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night at 4:00 pm PDT. The Pacers have won four of their last six games including a 129-98 win against the Portland Trailblazers on Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis. On the other hand the Kings have now lost six of their last seven games and Sunday’s game against the Suns could actually have been one of their best despite losing.

Join Morris for the Kings podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kings win third in five games defeat Timberwolves 132-119

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) shoots over Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Wed Feb 9, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night at Golden One Center. The Kings were fresh off their biggest acquisition since they landed Harrison Barnes in free agency.

On Monday, The Sacramento Kings (21-26) traded away Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, and Triston Thompson to the Indiana Pacers in a deal headlined by Domantas Sabonis coming to Sacramento Kings (29-26). It was bitter sweet for the Kings who were excited to get a game changer like Sabonis who is also a two time all star.

On the other hand, the Kings will miss young up and coming Tyrese as well as Sacramento main stay Buddy Hield. Only time will tell how the trade works out. In the Kings last game they lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves in Sacramento 134-114.

On Wednesday the Kings would look to flip the script and beat the Timberwolves in the second night of a back to back. The Kings on Wednesday beat the Timberwolves by the final of 132-119.

In the first quarter, the Kings came out looking flat. The Kings offense appeared a bit scattered. The new additions to the Kings lineup didn’t looked a bit disjointed in the first quarter. The Timberwolves outscored the Kings 37-31 in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, it was a different story for the Kings. The Kings had a fire lit under theme after the first quarter.

The Kings exploded in the second quarter on the offensive end. The Kings scored an impressive 42 points in the second quarter to go from behind to take the lead going into halftime. The Timberwolves offense cooled from their first quarter start and only scored 27 points in the second half.

The Kings took a 71-64 lead into halftime as they looked to get back in the win column. Harrison Barnes led the way for the Kings with 18 points as Anthony Edwards scored 20 for the Timberwolves.

In the third quarter, it was all Minnesota again. The Kings didn’t completely meltdown but they didn’t play any defense. The Timberwolves manage to regain the lead after outscoring the Kings 37-28 in the third quarter.

The Timberwolves couldn’t miss in the quarter as the Kings defense seemed to regress a bit. If the Kings wanted to win the game they would need to tighten up the defensive end of the floor. The Kings entered the final quarter down 101-99.

In the fourth quarter, the Kings sealed their comeback by defeating the Timberwolves by the final of 132-119. The Kings showed great heart on the defensive end as they held the Timberwolves to only 18 points.

It wasn’t a great defensive game for the kings but they managed to put the clamps down when it mattered. Harrison Barnes led the Kings with 30 points in the game.

Newcomer Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points in his debut for the Kings. The Timberwolves were led by Di’Angelo Russell who dropped 29 points. It was a great feel good win for the Kings who are entering a new era of Kings basketball.

Up Next: The Kings head out in the road to take on the Washington Wizards on Saturday at 4 PM PST. The Kings will only play one more game at home for the next nearly four weeks.

Pacers Shock Golden State 121-117 in OT; Warriors lose six of last nine games

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (left) and Klay Thompson (right) go over some strategy to try and defeat the Indianapolis Pacers at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Thu Jan 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Barbara Mason

Pacer’s Shock Golden State 121-117

Thursday night the Golden State Warriors (32-13) had their 400th sell-out as they took on the Indiana Pacers (17-29). The Pacers are at the end of a back to back and unfortunately for Indiana they are four players short. They did have a win over the Lakers last night but lost a number of players in that game including Caris Levert who shot for 30 points.

The Pacers had their hands full in this game against the NBA leaders in defensive efficiency. The Pacers have lost ten of their last twelve games and with so many players sidelined a win will be a stretch for Indiana.

In the first quarter, the Pacers were able to keep up with Golden State. They came out with a lot of energy and would have to work hard to sustain that energy. Jonathan Kuminga had a great start to this game and continues to amaze. He was 5-6 from the free-throw line. Kevon Looney has had 10+rebounds in his last three game and already had four in the first quarter as did Kuminga. The Warriors led after one 30-23.

Despite being depleted the Pacers continued to play hard into the second quarter. The largest lead that the Warriors were able to establish was eight points. Coach Kerr gave a lot of minutes to the bench and after two quarters five bench players had entered the game. Kevon Looney had 9 rebounds and 9 points in the first half leading the team to a 63-55 half-time lead.

At 8:26 in the third quarter the feisty Pacers took the lead for the first time in the game 68-66. 14 turnovers in the game, too many of them in the third, did the Warriors no favors. After three quarters this game was tied at 83. A lot of credit to Indiana who looked nothing like a team who’s roster was depleted.

It got to be very tense in the fourth quarter. The Pacer’s Goga Bitadze was ejected with his second technical in a close encounter with Gary Payton. The Warriors continued with the turnovers giving the Pacers a four point lead 100-96 with under six minutes left in the game. Golden State had to start protecting the ball. As the quarter came to an end this game would go into overtime with the score tied 110 apiece.

More turnovers in overtime, and momentum in favor of the Pacers gave Indiana the shocking win 121-117. It was a tremendous effort by the Indiana Pacers. They took the perimeter away from Golden State taking away a lot of those three point attempts. The Warriors were even missing open three point attempts.

Stephen Curry finished the game with 39 points and once again Looney had a 10+rebound game and 13 points. There were just too many missed open shots and turnovers. This was one of the most difficult losses for the Warriors this season.

Tomorrow night the Warriors will be taking on the Houston Rockets. Tipoff is schedule for 7:00 PM.

Warriors beat Pacers in final seconds 102-100

Indiana Pacers forward Oshae Brissett (12) gets up tall and tries to put the stop on Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Mon Dec 13, 2021 (AP News photo)

Warriors Beat Pacers In The Final Seconds 102-100

By Barbara Mason

Stephen Curry finished 5 of 15 from downtown against the Pacers and so now the magic number to tie is one and two to break Ray Allen’s record. He finished the game with 26 points.

Going into tonights game we were not sure if we would be seeing Curry taking the court. As it turned out in the Golden State Warriors (22-5) Indiana Pacers (12-17) game we did see Curry take the court. The Pacers are looking for their fourth home game win tonight and of course all eyes are on Curry whose magic number before the game stood at 7. The Warriors who came off only their fifth loss this season in Philadelphia on Saturday just got by the Pacers 102-100 on Monday night.

The Warriors had a horrible first half missing shots and 11 turnovers also hurt them. They were shooting 38 percent in the first two quarters. They trailed after the first quarter 29-25 and continued to trail 55-47 at the half. They had to protect the ball and start making some of those open shots.

The third quarter was a better one for Golden State tying the game at 67 with four minutes left in the quarter. The Pacers however refused to back down and shot eight unanswered points going back out in front 75-67. At times the Warriors were capitalizing on all the attention that Curry was getting. The Warriors were close but still trailing 84-80 at the end of the third quarter. The turnovers were improved with only four in the second half.

It seems that the closer that Curry gets to breaking this record; the team has looked different. It’s hard to pinpoint but something has been off the past few games. The Warriors continued to trail in the fourth quarter of this game and the fouls were beginning to pile up. With under five minutes left in the game the pace really picked up in this game. Points off turnovers had really hurt the Warriors the entire game.

With 48 ticks left on the clock the score was tied at 100. Kevon Looney had the offensive rebound and basket of the game to take the lead 102-100 with 13 seconds left. A Pacer turnover was the difference in this game. The Warriors didn’t have the greatest game at all but managed to pull this one out 102-100. It was ugly at times, tough and gritty but Golden State bounced back in this game.

I knew I would have to attack the rim in order to open everything up,” said Draymond Green after the game. “We had too many turnovers and too many fouls. On offense we have to know where we have to be,” he said. Green had a great game with 15 points and 9 rebounds.

The Warriors will be taking on the Knicks tomorrow at Madison Square Garden. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 PM. There is little doubt that we will see records shattered in this game.