Kings pick up second win in eight games; Defeat Thunder 113-103

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) guards Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Sat Feb 5, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings (20-35) were back in action on Saturday after a day off on Friday. The Kings last played on Friday when they took on the Golden State Warriors. The Kings lost that game by the final of 126-114 as they struggled to contain the Warriors.

On Saturday, the Kings welcomed to Sacramento the Oklahoma City Thunder (17-35). Tip-off was set for 7 PM PST at Golden One Center. The Kings defeated the Thunder 113-103 at home.

In the first quarter, the Kings offense came out shooting. On the other hand, the defense didn’t look great. The Kings allowed the Thunder to score 30 points in the first quarter.

The Kings offense did enough work on the other hand though to take a first-quarter lead. The Kings outscored the Thunder 36-30 in the first to take the early lead. The Kings would look to build on that in the second quarter.

In the second quarter, the Kings played a solid quarter. They weren’t able to expand the lead much but they didn’t lose it either. The Kings outscored the Thunder 29-27 in the second quarter as the lead going into half expanded by one point.

The Kings went into the locker room up 64-57. Moe Harkless scored 16 points in the first half as did Harrison Barnes. Josh Giddey led the way for the Thunder scoring 11 points. The Kings would look to seal the deal in the second half.

In the third quarter, the Kings continued to be just a little bit better than the opposition. The Kings outscored the Thunder 25-22 in the third quarter. The Kings hadn’t really pulled away in the game but you could sense they were right on the brink of pulling away. Could the Kings pull away in the fourth quarter and seal the win? They led heading to the final 12 minutes 89-79.

In the final quarter, the Kings and Thunder played a very even quarter. The Kings and Thunder both scored 24 points in the fourth quarter. The Kings took advantage in the early minutes as the Thunder battled back in the later minutes. Ultimately the Kings would win the game 113-103. It was the Kings second win in a row at home.

The Kings were led by Harrison Barnes who scored 24 points. Josh Giddey for the Thunder scored 24 points in defeat as they fell to 17-35 on the season. The Kings record improved to 20-35 as they continue to push for a playoff spot.

Up Next: The Kings welcome in the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday at 7 PM PST.

Kings get six point win over Thunder 117-111; Snap 3 game skid

Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) gets a pass off in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Gabriel Deck (6) at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Tue Dec 28, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings (14-21) were back in action on Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-21). The Kings last played on Sunday when they took on the Memphis Grizzlies. That game got out of hand in a big way for the Kings as they fell 127-102 to the Grizzlies. On Tuesday the Kings were set to take on the Grizzlies at 7 PM PST. The Kings managed to defeat the Thunder 117-111.

In the first quarter, both teams started the game about even. Neither team really got an immediate offensive spark. The Kings upped the pace towards the quarter but the Thunder outscored the Kings 34-42 inn the first 12 minutes of action. Harrison Barnes and Lu Dort who respectively each had eight points.

In the second quarter, the Kings and Thunder matched each other’s play for the most of the quarter. However, the Kings managed to take the advantage going into halftime. The Kings outscored the Thunder 29-23 in the second quarter to take the lead 61-57.

The Kings were led in the first half by Harrison Barnes and Tyrese Halliburton who each scored 11 points. The Thunder received their biggest contribution from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who scored 11 points. The Kings would look to close out things out in the second half.

In the third quarter, the Kings melted down early. However, they were able to survive and bring themselves back before the end of the third. The Kings all in all outscored the Thunder 26-24 in the third to take the lead into the fourth quarter. Could the Kings close out the game?

Yes! In the fourth quarter, the Kings went up big early. However, that wouldn’t tell the whole story. The Kings didn’t hold their large lead late in the fourth quarter. The Thunder managed to claw their way back and get within six points as the game ended.

The Kings and the Thunder both scored 30 points I. The fourth as the Kings managed to defeat the Thunder 117-111 at Golden One Center. The Kings didn’t play particularly well on Tuesday. Yet, what matters is that they won the game.

The Kings improved to 14-21 on the year as the Thunder fell to 12-21. The Kings are currently one game back of the San Antonio Spurs for the last play in spot. The Kings were led by Tyrese Haliburton who scored 24 points as Shai Gilgeous Alexander scored 33 for the Thunder.

Up Next: The Kings stay home to take on the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday at 7:30 PM PST.

Last-second layup by Thunder’s Dort sinks Kings 105-103

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) tries to line up a shot against Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) in the closing minutes in Oklahoma City on Fri Nov 12, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Friday, November 12, 2021

A layup off a steal by Lu Dort with 1.7 seconds remaining gave Oklahoma City a 105-103 win over the Sacramento Kings Friday. It was the fourth win in a row for the Thunder.

The Thunder overcame an 18-point deficit to snag the win. Sacramento had the ball with 25 seconds to play, but Kings guard DeAaron Fox was stripped on an attempted crossover by Dort, who converted the steal into the go-ahead layup.

After the Kings (5-8) called a full time out following Dort’s go-ahead basket, Buddy Hield missed a 24-foot 3-pointer from the left wing as time expired.

Dort and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder (5-6) with 22 points apiece. Darius Bazley had 15 points (on 6-of-8 shooting), eight rebounds and two blocks, and Tre Marin scored 12 points off the OKC bench. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl grabbed 14 rebounds.

Harrison Barnes led Sacramento with 21 points, followed by Richaun Holmes and DeAaron Fox with 16 points each. Hield and Chimezie Metu each added 14 points for the Kings. Holmes added 15 rebounds and four blocks, Tristan Thompson grabbed 10 boards, and Tyrese Haliburton contributed eight rebounds, seven assists and eight points.

It was the fourth time this season that the Thunder overcame a deficit of 16 or more points this season.

The Kings’ road trip continues on Monday, when they visit the Detroit Pistons.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings try to snap three game skid in OKC tonight

The Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) tries to dribble to get inside on San Antonio Spurs guard Devin Vassell (24) on Wed Nov 10, 2021. Fox was was the high scorer for the game with 37 points and did the heavy lifting for the Kings it wasn’t enough as Sacramento went down to their third straight defeat at AT&T Arena in San Antonio. The Kings are in Oklahoma City tonight. (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah the Sacramento Kings (5-7) who are suffering losing their last three games and got walloped by the San Antonio Spurs (4-7) on Wednesday night in San Antonio 136-117. After the Kings had that short run they are now facing the possibility of losing four straight on Thursday night in Oklahoma City.

#2 Dejounte Murray led the Spurs with 26 points Kings head coach Luke Walton knew that Dejounte was a force that had to be reckoned with and the Kings defense had trouble defending him.

#3 Jeremiah, despite scoring a season high 37 points the Kings De’Aaron Fox just couldn’t carry all that weight by himself and the Spurs defense pretty shutdown anyone else down in the Kings line up as the only other four Kings who scored in double figures fell short to get over the hump to catch the Spurs.

#4 The Spurs who had their own three game losing streak before Wednesday night’s game never let up on the Kings as Spurs head coach Gregg Poppovich was pushing the team hard not to drop this game.

#5 The Kings hope to turn the page tonight in Oklahoma City against the Thunder (4-6). The Thunder have won three straight games going into tonight’s contest. The Thunder defeated the New Orleans Pelicans (1-11) on Wednesday night 108-100 with the Thunder’s forward Luguentz Dort led with 27 points. Jeremiah tell us what do you expect from tonight’s contest as Kings head coach Luke Walton hopes to snap the skid tonight.

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Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors host Hornets Wednesday night first meeting of the season

Golden State Warrior guard Stephen Curry (30) tries to shovel off a pass between the Oklahoma City Thunder defenders center Mike Muscala, rear, and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander during Sat Oct 30, 2021 game in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the Warrior podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, Golden State Warriors (5-1) continue to roll winning their fifth game against one loss with their most recent win against the Oklahoma City Thunder (1-5) 103-82 on Saturday night. This season has been a big difference compared to last season so far.

#2 Barbara, talk about Stephen Curry’s performance getting 20 points in just 27 minutes which also gave some rest for Draymond Green who came off the bench and scored 14.

#3 The Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was held to just 15 points and the Thunder as a team was held to 35.8% shooting by the Warrior defense.

#4 Not only Green’s contribution with 11 rebounds was big the Warriors Andrew Wiggins scored 14 and it really help bury the Thunder under with a 21 point difference.

#5 The Warriors host the Charlotte Hornets (4-2; 3rd in division) on Wednesday night at Chase, Barbara talk about the Hornets top three scorers Miles Bridges, Gordon Hayward, and LeMelo Ball can these three possibly be able to score big on the Warriors defense?

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Golden State Handles OKC With Ease 103-82

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends against the Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) on Sat Oct 30, 2021 in Oklahoma City (AP News photo)

Golden State Handles OKC With Ease 103-82

By Barbara Mason

Draymond Green set the tempo early finishing with a triple double in their match up with the OKC Thunder (1-5). His energy was contagious offensively and defensively as he led Golden State (5-1) to a 103-82 win.

Saturday night the Warriors welcomed the Oklahoma City Thunder to Chase Center in game two of their eight game home stand. This is the second time in the last three games that they have seen this team. In their last meeting the Warriors came out on top 106-98 but had to come from behind after trailing at the half 59-48.

The Warriors had to perform defensively and that is just what they did in the first quarter of this game. They led 28-20 at the end of the opening quarter. Green was brilliant offensively as well as defensively.

At halftime the Warriors led 55-44 and we saw the tables turned with OKC trailing by eleven in this game. This was the Green show from the start of this game to the half. He scored fourteen points in the first two quarters. There were only six turnovers in the first half which was also something that needed to be cleaned up.

In the second half Golden State needed to continue the great defense that they had in the first half, contain those turnovers and continue the great ball movement that they show-cased in the first two quarters. These would be the keys in the second half of the game.

The Warriors played with a lot of grit to start this game and that’s what they needed to finish it. Stephen Curry only had five points in the half but with not only Green but Andrew Wiggins (11 pts) as well the team was managing beautifully. That’s what this roster does; they pick up where the others leave off.

Curry opened the third quarter with three threes and the Warriors had extended their lead to 20 (66-46). At 7:05 the three’s were falling for Golden State as they already had 14 in the first three quarters. Of those 14, six were shot by Steph Curry who was 6-12. With three quarters in the books the Warriors led 82-58.

With every quarter the Warriors had extended their lead and going into the fourth quarter seven guys had shot threes for Golden State. This was a beautifully executed game both offensively and defensively.

At 6:04 in the fourth quarter Jonathan Kuminga checked in to make his NBA debut. The 6’7” rookie would be looking for the first basket of his career. With two minutes left in the game Kuminga had his first basket and it was a three. The entire Golden State bench jumped up to celebrate this milestone. The starters got the fourth quarter off and let the bench take this one home 103-82.

This game was a far cry from what we saw in the last meeting with OKC. The Warriors controlled this game from start to finish with brilliant execution. In this game the Warriors hit 21 shots from downtown which accounted for 63 points. Ten different players had threes in the game which really highlights the strength of this roster.

Curry had the high score with 20 points in three quarters. Five players had double digits and the bench was solid as we have seen so often. After the last game which was a disappointment the Warriors really pulled out all the stops in this one. The win tonight puts the Warriors into first place in the Western Conference.

The Warriors (5-1) will be off until Wednesday when they will take on the Charlotte Hornets (4-2). Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Warriors Win Despite Horrific First Half beat OKC 106-98

The Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) drives against the Oklahoma City Thunder’s forward Luguentz Dort (left) at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City on Tue Oct 26, 2021 (AP News photo)

Warriors Win Despite Horrific First Half 106-98

By Barbara Mason

The Golden State Warriors (4-0) are coming off a nice win against the Sacramento Kings Sunday night 119-107. Tonight the Warriors continue their two game road trip taking on the Oklahoma City (0-4) Thunder. Although OKC is not one of the elite and in fact struggling, the Warriors need to approach this game as they would against an elite team. They need to limit the turnovers as they did in Sacramento, and get a quick start on the Thunder. The Warriors had a rough start to the game in the first half but over came it with a 106-98 win beating the Thunder on Tuesday night at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City.

The first quarter was not how Golden State wanted to start off this game. They had an immediate turnover and fell behind significantly halfway through the quarter 16-6. The Thunder are the second worst shooting team in the league so this was an ugly start for the Warriors. The average age of the Thunder is 23 years old and so they are a very young team. Getting the early lead did nothing but allow the Thunder to build confidence

At the end of the first quarter the Warriors were still trailing but had cut the deficit to five points 34-29. They had trailed by as much as eleven points. Not known for their three point shooting the Thunder were 5 of 8. It was a surprising start that no one saw coming. OKC was shooting 59% to start the game.

The second quarter did not get much better for Golden State and after four minutes were trailing by 13 points 44-31. The Warriors were not even close to finding the three point range while the Thunder had seven players that had found that range. The final six minutes of the quarter saw the bench take over in an attempt to cut a fifteen point lead by OKC.

The Warriors went on a nice run but the Thunder punched right back. Golden State had pulled to within four points in the waning minutes of the half. The Thunder answered with a flurry of baskets taking a 59-48 lead after the second quarter. If the Warriors wanted to remain undefeated they would have a lot of work to do in the second half.

The difference in this game so far was the three point shooting of OKC. The Warrior’s defense really needed to do a better job in the remainder of this game. Golden State missed far too many open looks and so a better offense was also badly needed.

The only good news for the Warriors was that against a team like OKC catching up and taking the lead would be far easier than falling behind playing an elite team. Golden State had to improve on every level and they had two quarters left to do it.

The Warriors started the second half with more energy but they would have to overcome the confidence that OKC had built in the first half. That confidence began to wane as the Thunder’s lead grew smaller and in the final two minutes of the quarter the Warriors began hitting shots; two great shots by Otto Porter Jr both for three. At the end of the quarter the Warriors had taken the lead for the first time in this game 81-76.

OKC began struggling in the start of the fourth quarter. The Warriors got some great work from Damian Lee who finished with 20 points and was one of the deciding factors as was Andrew Wiggins with 21 points. The Golden State defense was solid in the final quarter another key to this win. For a second game in a row Steph Curry had zero points in the fourth quarter because he didn’t need to score. The bench took this one home for Golden State.

The Warriors will now head home for an eight game home stand starting Thursday with the Memphis Grizzlies. They will take on the Thunder for a second time next Saturday. Tipoff against the Grizzlies on Tuesday is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Kings strong second half gets them win over OKC 122-106

Sacramento Kings guard Terence Davis (9) guards Oklahoma City Thunder guard Svi Mykhailiuk (14) in the first quarter at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Tue May 11, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings (31-38) were back in action on Tuesday night. The Kings last played on Sunday in Sacramento against the Oklahoma City Thunder (21-49). On Tuesday, they were matched up against those same Thunder. The Kings would play the Thunder in three of the last five games after Tuesday night. On Tuesday, the Kings downed the Thunder 122-106. However, before we talk about Tuesday’s matchup let’s discuss the Kings win against the Thunder on Sunday.

Flashback Sunday: The Kings have handled the Thunder in 2021. On Sunday, it was no different. The Kings managed to bet the Thunder by a convincing margin 126-98. The key to the King’s victory was defense. This year, the theme in Kings victory has been defense. If the Kings are competent on the defensive end they have a chance to win. The Kings downed the Thunder on Sunday by keeping them below 100 points.

Tuesday night game recap: The Kings were set to take on the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at 7 PM PST in Sacramento. It would be the Kings third game in the last game against the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder.

In the first half, the Thunder outplayed the Kings. Specifically, in the first quarter where the Thunder outscored the Kings 32-27. For a team without much offensive firepower, the Thunder boomed on offense. In the second quarter, the Thunder didn’t slow down.

Yet, the Kings managed to outslug the Thunder in the second quarter. The Kings outscored the Thunder 35-33 in the second quarter to close the gap heading into halftime. The Thunder would enter halftime up 65-62 looking to snap the losing streak against the Kings.

In the second half, the Kings had plans for the Thunder. The Kings came out of the gate in the third with authority as they pummelled the Thunder by outscoring them 41-18. It may well have been the best quarter the Kings have played this season as the defensive intensity and offensive output had greatly increased from the first half.

The third quarter would give the Kings momentum and catapult them to a 102-83 lead heading into the final 12 minutes. In the fourth quarter, it was merely academic. The Kings offense cooled and the Thunder outscored them 23-19 in the final quarter.

However, that comeback would fall woefully short. The Kings beat the Thunder for the third straight time by the final of 122-106. In the game, the Kings got solid performances from Terence Davis, Buddy Hield, and Delon Wright who all scored more than 20 points.

Davis seems to have taken on more of a scoring role in the absence of De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton. Davis led the Kings scoring 27 points on Tuesday night. For the Thunder, they were led in defeat by Kenrich Williams who scored 20 points.

Up Next: The Kings head to Memphis on Thursday to take on the Memphis Grizzlies at 5 PM PST. The Kings have three games remaining on the season as they are 2.5 games back of the 10th place Spurs in the standings.

Kings Destroy OKC 126-98

The Sacramento Kings Maurice Harkless (8) scores on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s  forward Aleksej Pokusevski (17) at Golden One Center in Sacramento on Sun May 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

Kings Destroy OKC 126-98

By Barbara Mason

While it has been a disappointing season for the Sacramento Kings they have been playing some pretty good basketball in their past few games. They have been good in the absence of DeAaron Fox who was cleared to rejoin the team two days ago.

With only four game left in the season a good finish would be something for fans to take with them into the next season, a season that will more than likely have a larger crowd able to attend games. It would also be nice for fans to be able to see Fox in the final four but he is not playing tonight and there is no certainty about the final three.

Rookie Tyrese Haliburton is out for the season with a knee injury. The good news is that the injury is not as serious as previously thought. He avoided what could have been a very significant injury. Buddy Hield was back after being cleared.

Tonight the Kings took on the OKC Thunder. The Kings are in twelfth place and the Thunder in thirteenth place. Neither team will be making an appearance in this year’s playoffs.

In the first quarter of this game the Kings came out strong and as the clock ran out they led by the score of 33-25. They had at one time during the quarter led by twelve points. Maurice Harkless had the high score for the quarter with 12 points.

At the half, the Kings had really taken control of the game and led by the score of 71-51. Harkless finished the half with 16 points and Buddy Hield had entered the game in the first quarter. Terence Davis was terrific off the bench with 13 points in twelve minutes of play.

After three quarters the Kings led by an impressive 106-71. The final score was 126-98. The Kings clearly dominated in this game although the Thunder did outscore them in the fourth quarter 27-20. The bench was instrumental in this win with 51 points.

The Kings will be back on court Tuesday night taking on OKC one more time. Tipoff is at 7:00PM.

Warriors crush OKC Thunder 136-97; Curry unstoppable with 49 points

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) hits a three pointer while being defended by the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Isaiah Roby (22) at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Sat May 8, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oklahoma City Thunder had the misfortune of playing the Warriors two days after the Warriors beat them by 21 points Thursday night. The Warriors’ all-world performer, Stephen Curry, had another magnificent game.

Curry had all his shots working for him as he led the Warriors to a blowout win 136-97 over the young OKC team. Curry started the game with two threes to give the Warriors an early 6-0 win. He showed the fans and every in the NBA that he continues to be the best shooter in the league’s history. Curry finished the night with 11 threes in 21 tries. The OKC players had to be thankful they don’t play the Warriors again this season.

The Thunder’s only lead came early in the first period. They led 10-8. Curry, along with Draymond Green and Juan Toscano-Anderson, kept the barrage of threes coming. Curry finished with five from downtown in the first quarter. Green had a three-pointer and five points total in the period. JTA was a force on both ends of the court. The Warriors won the quarter 37-25.

The Warriors’ second unit with Jordan Poole, Mychael Mulder, Kent Bazemore kept the pedal on the gas tank. The Warriors led OKC 55-35 when Green, Andrew Wiggins, and Curry checked in. Green made two threes. Curry connected on his sixth three of the first half, and the Warriors led by 25 points 74-48.

The Thunder, if they had any chance to win the game, had to win the third quarter. It was not going to be easy as Curry and the first unit were on the floor to start the period. The Warriors stopped the OKC offense as Golden State won the third quarter 33-19 to increase to lead 106-67. The game was over. A team can’t overcome a 39-point deficit with 12 minutes left to play.

Curry and Green did not have to play in the fourth quarter. Most players in the NBA are probably drooling over Curry’s performance. Curry’s brother, Seth, tweeted him to “cut it out.” Curry played 29 minutes and finished with 49 points and 11 threes. The Warriors second unit increased led by 48 132-84. The Thunder’s reserves outscored the Curry by seven the rest of the way. The Warriors win 136-97.

Game Notes and Stats: With the win, the Warriors improve to 35-33 with four games left in the regular season. The Warriors are in eighth place in the Western Conference. OKC falls to 21-47. They are in 13th place in the Western Conference

As mentioned above, Curry led the team with 49. Andrew Wiggins finished with 18. Green had another double-double with 15 points, five rebounds, and 13 assists. Kevon Looney tallied three points, but he pulled down twelve rebounds. Juan Toscano-Anderson scored 12 points to go along with nine boards and five assists. Juan was two-for-six from downtown. Jordan Poole had 16 points. He connected on four threes. Mychal Mulder made three threes for nine points. 

The Warriors shot 58% from the floor. They shot 50% from the three-point range. They were 27-for-54 from downtown. The Warriors outrebounded the Thunder 54-47. The Warriors recorded 31 assists on 47 made field goals. The offense was humming Saturday night.

Svi Mykhailuk led the OKC offense with 17 points. Luguentz Dort had 16, Darius Bazley 11, Kenrich Williams 13, Jaylen Hoard 13, and Theo Maledon 10.

The Warriors face the Utah Jazz Monday night. It will be a tougher task for the Warriors as the Jazz own the best record in the Conference 50-18. The Warriors beat the Jazz the last time the two teams met. The Jazz’ Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have a score to settle with the Warriors. 

The game will be at the Chase Center Monday Night. The game will start at 7 pm.