Warriors Win Fourth in a Row Against Spurs 100-94

Golden State Warriors’ Jonathan Kuminga (00) takes it to the San Antonio Spurs’ Joe Wieskamp (15) in the first half at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Sat Apr 9, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Win Fourth in a Row Against Spurs 100-94

By Barbara Mason

With two games left in the 2021-22 season, the Golden State Warriors (52-29) traveled to San Antonio to take on the Spurs (34-47). The Warriors were looking for their fourth straight win and finishing strong and the got it with a 100-94 victory over the Spurs on Saturday night at the AT&T Center.

Klay Thompson got the night off in this game. They rested him keeping him fresh for the post-season. Thompson is playing some great basketball right now. He has his legs under him and his shot selection is excellent right now.

The Warriors can expect great things from him and to finish the season and going into the playoffs. This team is peaking at the right time. They got great offensive rebounding and limited turnovers in this game.

Damian Lee started the game along with Jordan Poole, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, and Kevon Looney.

The first quarter was a close one. The Warriors had a slow start leading after one 23-21. As the second quarter wore on Golden State really got on track leading at halftime 54-44. The Spurs had totally shut down Poole.

Poole finished the first half with a goose egg. He was still looking for his first basket. Jonathan Kuminga was the high score for the first half with 13 points. The Warriors held the Spurs to 33% shooting after two quarters.

Green had an excellent 23 minutes through the third quarter with 11 rebounds 10 points and 6 assists. It doesn’t get much better than that. He would finish this game with 13 rebounds, 12 points and 8 assists.

It was a nervous time for the Warriors as they saw a 17 point lead evaporate to a 78-71 lead. Golden State went without a basket for over five minutes in the third quarter. Their shots from downtown went ice cold.

The Spurs Lonnie Walker IV was having a great game with 24 points off the bench in 21 minutes. The Warriors were 0 for 7 on three’s in the third quarter.

Kuminga entered the game in the fourth quarter and made an immediate impact with a shot from downtown. The Spurs clawed their way back into this game trailing 90-88 with five minutes left in the game.

This game would go down to the wire and it was decided by free throws from Poole. After a tough first half Poole finished with 18 points in the Warriors 52nd win.

Tomorrow the Warriors will play their final game of the regular season in New Orleans taking on the Pelicans. If the Warriors win this game they will finish in third place so their fate is completely in their hands. They will be looking for their fifth win in a row to end the season. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors drop second straight game; Curry to miss two weeks

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry takes in the game from the Warriors bench against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Sun Mar 20, 2022. Curry is expected to miss two weeks of action due to a left foot injury. (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason:

1. Setback for James Wiseman and what that means for the Warriors.

2. More news for the Warriors in Stephen Curry missing two weeks at the very least.

3. Last night’s crazy game against the San Antonio Spurs and who were the heroes for Golden State

4. Draymond Green misstep and what that meant in this game.

5. Thoughts on the Warriors road game Tuesday night in Orlando against the Orlando Magic (19-53)

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

Warriors Lose In Final Seconds to Spurs 110-108

San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson (3) leads the charge after hitting the game winning shot at the Chase Center in San Francisco against the Golden State Warriors on Sun Mar 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Lose In Final Seconds to Spurs 110-108

By Barbara Mason

What will the Golden State Warriors look like without Stephen Curry taking the court for at last the next two weeks? The Warriors got their answer Sunday night when the Warriors (47-23) took on the San Antonio Spurs (27-44) in a two point loss 110-108 at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

The Warriors know that everything including games won go way down without Curry playing. This means that everybody has to step their game up offensively and defensively. These guys need to be a fine-oiled machine when Curry does comes back for the playoffs. The team now has the time to gel and prepare for the post-season and Curry’s return.

The lineup for the Warriors in this game was a more than capable bunch with the expected Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney.

It was a very slow start for Golden State falling behind 22-10 in the first quarter. The Spurs were keeping the Warriors out of rhythm which resulted in so many missed shots for Golden State. This was the obvious game plan that the Spurs came in with. San Antonio led after the first quarter 36-22. The Warriors had four turnovers in the quarter and had a lot of work to do in the second quarter.

The Warriors cut the Spurs lead in the second quarter to four points but San Antonio quickly pulled back to a ten point lead. Golden State wanted to end the half on a high taking the momentum away from San Antonio.

The Warriors did cut the 14 point Spur lead to six. San Antonio had a beat-the-buzzer three point play to end the half leading 63-57. Despite that last play the Warriors did have to feel good after two quarters. They played with more energy and rhythm in the second quarter and needed to take that into the third.

As the third quarter got underway San Antonio proved hard to catch. Golden State had not led once in the game. The Warriors got within one point in the early minutes of the quarter but had yet to take the lead.

The one thing that the Warriors had going for them in this game was their offensive rebounding which was great with second and third chances. When it looked like the Warriors had a better rhythm going a miserable call on Green got Green ejected from the game and the Warriors were facing yet another challenge.

The Spurs took advantage of the fracas and took a ten point lead. The 12 turnovers that the Warriors had were not make things any easier for Golden State. The Warriors were fighting to stay within striking distance.

The Warriors were coming up with some stellar possessions but still trailed. With 27 seconds left in the third quarter, the Warriors took their first lead of the game 84-83. They took that lead into the fourth quarter.

Going into the fourth quarter there had been 23 Spur points off Warrior turnovers. This game would go down to the wire. With under three minutes left in the game it was all tied up at 101. San Antonio would foul Wiggins with three seconds left on the clock and the Warriors would take a 108- 107 lead. An unfortunate rebounding foul on Kevon Looney iced the game for San Antonio 110-108.

The Warriors had enough to win this game but it just didn’t happen. Poole finished with 28 points the high in this game. This was his ninth straight game with 20 or more points. Thompson had 24 points and off the bench Porter Jr. had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Great numbers for the Warriors. It’s a loss and it stinks but a lot of positives to take away from this game.

Next up for the Warriors will be the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 PT.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings rebound pick up big win in San Antonio on Thursday night

Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis (10) grabs a rebound over San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl, right, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Thu Mar 3, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, talk about the Sacramento Kings Harrison Barnes he had 27 points he was the go to guy as the Kings came away with a 115-112 win over the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Thursday night.

#2 Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich had picked up his 1,334th career win but now have lost three straight games and it was an accomplishment that was none too easy for the Kings.

#3 The Kings got scoring help from De’Aaron Fox 26 points, Domantas Sobonis 12 points who also had 12 rebounds and fouled out of the game.

#4 It was the Spurs first home game since Feb 4th because of the San Antonio Rodeo. Could that have made a difference being away so long and given the Kings an advantage?

#5 The Kings head to Dallas and face a very physical and offensive Mavericks team lead by Luca Doncic on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm PST how do you see that match up?

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

Kings Edge Spurs 115-112;Sac ends four game loss streak

Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs guard Joshua Primo (11) at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Thu Mar 3, 2022 (AP News photo)

Kings Edge Spurs 115-112; Sac ends four game loss streak

By Barbara Mason

Last night the Sacramento Kings took what was probably their most disappointing loss all season to the New Orleans Pelicans. Before this game both teams were vying for the tenth seed and a chance to play in the postseason.

Lack of defense and turnovers were the main culprits in this loss. The win put the Pelicans into tenth place in the Western Conference. The loss dropped the Kings into 13th place.

Thursday night the Kings (24-41) took on San Antonio (24-39) in a game that highly favored the Spurs. The Spurs have a 24-38 record and sit in the twelfth spot in the Western Conference. After last night’s loss in a must-win scenario, the Kings needed to bounce back.

They really want to see if their win right now trades have made a difference. Tonight the defense has to show up and they need to protect the ball. Those will be the keys to this road game.

The Kings got a great start in the first quarter leading after one 30-27. Sacramento extended their lead at the half 64-51. De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes both had a nice first half for the Kings.

The Spurs mounted a comeback in the third quarter outscoring the Kings 31-24. The Kings still led but it had dissolved significantly 88-82.

The Spurs continued to threaten the Sacramento lead in the fourth quarter. De Jounte Murray was having a great game with 21 points but the point leader through three for the Spurs was Lonnie Walker IV with 30 points off the bench.

At 7:45 San Antonio had tied the game at 91. Momentum was clearly on the Spurs side. With under four minutes left in the game San Antonio had taken the lead 103-101. With under two minutes left in the game the Kings had a slim 104-103 lead.

Sacramento took back the momentum in the closing minutes of the game winning 115-112. This game could not have been any closer and after leading through most of this game the Kings came dangerously close to losing it. Harrison Barnes was the point leader with 27 points for Sacramento.

The Kings will be on road in Dallas to take on Luca Doncic and the red-hot Mavericks Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 PM.

One Big Easy Win: Sacramento Gets Rolled By Pelicans 125-95

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) shoots over Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) and Domantas Sobonis (10) at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Wed Mar 2, 2022 (AP News photo)

Sacramento Gets Rolled By the Pelicans 125-95

By Barbara Mason

Wednesday night two struggling teams met at Smoothie King Center. The Sacramento Kings (23-41) traveled to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans (26-36). They have both started the second half of the season on an improved note.

The Pelicans beat the Phoenix Suns 117-102 with CJ McCollum on a scoring spree. He is still working on his on-court chemistry with the Pelicans. New Orleans also beat the Lakers pretty handily 123-95. The Kings won their last game against the Thunder 131-110. The Pelicans handled the Kings on Wednesday night 125-95.

Both teams have made some nice changes to their roster. Changes for these two teams have been paying off nicely.

As expected these two teams played a very close first quarter. The Kings edged the Pelicans in the opening quarter 33-31. At the half the Pelicans had taken the lead 65-61. DeAaron Fox led the Kings with 17 points and Harrison Barnes turning in 15.

The Pelicans Brandon Ingram had a great first half with 24 points. Both teams got some great work from Domantas Sabonis (Kings) and Jonas Valanciunas (New Orleans) each with eight rebounds. They would both finish with 14 apiece.

The Pelicans would continue their role into the third quarter leading after three 96-82. New Orleans proved to be to hot to handle for Sacramento. Every one of their starters had double digits with Brandon Ingram shooting for 33 points. He was 15-of-19 which is a tough act to follow.

The high for the Kings was Fox with 25 points and Harrison Barnes shooting for 19. The Pelicans simply had a whole lot more fire power than Sacramento, as the Kings continue to struggle.

The Kings will now travel to San Antonio on Thursday night taking on the Spurs. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 PM.

Unlikely Win For Warriors In A Brilliant Finish Golden State-124 San Antonio 120

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, celebrates a score with teammate guard Jordan Poole (3) against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Tue Feb 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

Unlikely Win For Warriors In A Brilliant Finish Golden State-124 San Antonio 120

By Barbara Mason

Following a tough win on Monday night against the Houston Rockets the Warriors (39-13) took on the San Antonio Spurs (19-33) Tuesday night. Both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson would be sidelined for this game.

Dejounte Murray leads San Antonio averaging 19.4 points and 9 assists per game. The Warriors were short-handed in this game. Nemanja Bjelica (back), Curry (toe), Andre Iguodala (hip), Otto Porter Jr. (foot) and Andrew Wiggins (knee) all expected to be out.

San Antonio will no doubt be looking to take advantage of a depleted Warrior team. The Spurs have the lowest turnover rate in the league and they also have the most bench points per game. In the Warriors favor San Antonio allows the third-most second chance points in the league.

The starters for Golden State in this game were Juan Toscano-Anderson, Kevon Looney, Damien Lee, Jordan Poole and Moses Moody. The Warriors will be looking for some assistance from Jonathan Kuminga, Chris Chiozza and Gary Payton !! off the bench.

The Spurs led after one quarter 30-36. The Warriors continued to hang around although empty possessions were hurting Golden State in the second quarter. They trailed by ten points in the quarter but kept chipping away at the Spurs lead trailing by four points late in the second quarter.

San Antonio was having an excellent game through the first 24 minutes and the Warriors were happy with an eight point deficit at the half 69-61. Looney already had ten rebounds with a great defensive showing and Moses Moody had 14 points, a career high for him.

Three minutes into the third quarter the Warriors were within one point of the Spurs 73-72 but could not take the lead. While the Warriors were having a good shooting night, the Spurs were having an even better shooting game. San Antonio led after three 104-89.

After trailing by seventeen points the Warriors had shaved the Spurs lead to two points. Kuminga and Chiozza were largely responsible for the turnaround. With two and a half minutes left in the game the score was knotted at 114. Damien Lee made a shot from downtown to giver the Warriors the lead 117-114 and they never looked back.

In a most unlikely win the Golden State Warriors roared from behind to take the fourth quarter 35-16 and win this game 124-120. “I feel comfortable shooting the ball from anywhere,” said Poole after the game. He had a clutch shot from downtown in the closing seconds of the game to secure the win.

Damien Lee finished off San Antonio with two free throws to end the game. All the young players had a great game tonight. Poole finished with 31, Lee with 21 and Moody with 20. Kuminga was great off the bench with 19 points. Everyone on the floor tonight was a huge part of this win.

This team continues to amaze and beat all odds. They will head home for a game with the Sacramento Kings Thursday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Shorthanded Kings beat Spurs by seven 121-114 at Golden One

San Antonio Spurs guard Devin Vassell (24) guards against Sacramento Kings center Tristan Thompson (13) Sun Dec 18, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento in the first half of NBA action. (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings (13-18) were back in action on Sunday afternoon as they welcomed in the San Antonio Spurs (11-18) to Golden One Center. The Kings, fresh off an awful short-handed loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, were looking to clean up their effort.

However, it would be a tall task for the Kings as they remained understaffed, with the likes of De’Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell still on the COVID list. The Kings managed to pull out the victory in a tough-fought matchup with the Spurs 121-114.

The Kings were off to a good start against the Spurs in the first quarter. The Kings offense was firing on all cylinders. The Kings put up a solid 37 points in the first quarter as the Spurs lack of defense was on full display. On the other hand, the Spurs were only able to score 27 points in the first to dig themselves an early deficit against the Kings.

The Spurs managed to flip the script in the second quarter. The Kings offense cooled, and the defense couldn’t step up. The Spurs scored 29 points in the second quarter as the Kings offense could only add 26 to their total.

Neither team played much defense in the first half as the Kings would go into halftime with a 63-56 lead. Damian Jones led the way in the first half for the Kings putting up a surprising 14 points. Tyrese Haliburton added 12 points in the first half. Lonnie Walker led the Spurs in the first half scoring 16 points.

In the third quarter, it appeared the Kings meltdown woes were coming back to bite them yet again. However, the Kings managed to get the game back under control before it got out of hand. The Spurs outscored the Kings in the third quarter, but it was only by one point, 29-28.

The Kings managed to stop the bleeding and not fall behind their opponent as they did on Friday night. The Kings would need to tighten up the defensive end in the final quarter if they wanted to get out of town with a win.

The Kings managed to do what they needed to win the game 121-114. The Kings received a significant contribution from Buddy Hield in the final quarter as the Kingd managed to outscore the Spurs. The last 12 minutes saw the Kings score 30 points compared with the Spurs 29.

Neither team shined on the defensive end of the floor all night. The Kings allowed at least 27 points in each quarter to the Spurs and scored at least 26 in each quarter themselves. The Kings were led in victory by impressive performances from Buddy Hield (29 points), Tyrese Haliburton (27 points), and Damian Jones (23 points).

The Spurs most significant contributors were Dejounte Murray and Lonnie Walker, who had 25 and 19 points, respectively. It was an excellent win for the short-handed Kings, who improved to 13-18 on the season. The Spurs fell to 11-18 on the year.

Up Next: The Kings have a quick 15-minute flight over to the Bay Area as they take on the Golden State Warriors on Monday at 7 PM PST at Chase Center.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Figuring out how Warriors lost to Spurs; Warriors host Orlando tonight Magic lost 8 of their last 9

The Golden State Warriors Jordan Poole (right) was defended pretty well by the San Antonio Spurs and guard Tre Jones (left) Sat Dec 4, 2021 at the Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, on Saturday night the Golden State Warriors (19-4) don’t lose often but the San Antonio Spurs (8-13) defense kept recent high scorers Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins in check enough to get their offense to hang with the Warriors for the eventual 112-107 win.

#2 To lose on the home floor to a team that is five games below .500 and the Warriors have been invincible was this a game where they were pretty much having an off night or were the Spurs well prepared and ready to go.

#3 Barbara, talk about the shooting performances of the Spurs top three scorers Derrick White (25), Dejounte Murray (23), and Lonnie walker (21) they seemed lights out all game long against the Warriors.

#4 One important note the Spurs had a 8-1 run against the Warriors in the fourth quarter not to mention White hit a three pointer that got the Spurs a 107-106 lead with 1:43 left in the game. White said the Spurs didn’t panic and they were able to get a three pointer to wipe away the Warriors lead.

#5 The struggling Orlando Magic (5-19) is at Golden State on Monday night at Chase Center. The Magic have lost eight of their last nine games and although no one on Orlando is saying it but they could really have their hands full against Golden State.

Join Barbara for all of the Warriors podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Warriors upset by San Antonio 112-107; Golden State chalks up fourth loss

San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (25) and guard Lonnie Walker IV have plenty to be happy about after handing the Golden State Warriors their fourth loss of the season at the conclusion of the game Sat Dec 4, 2021 (AP News photo)

Warriors Upset By San Antonio 112-107

By Barbara Mason

A slow start for Golden State coupled with poor shooting spelled disaster for the Warriors. Lack of energy was not surprising after last night’s game. San Antonio came in with upset on their mind and their first half shooting 55 % was a huge factor in their 112-107 win.

Last night the Golden State Warriors dug deep to hand the Phoenix Suns their first loss in a very long time. That win by the Warriors took unbelievable energy. Tonight Golden State (19-4) was back on court taking on the San Antonio Spurs (8-13).

After last night’s game how would we see the Warriors handle San Antonio? Would they come out flat or would they take apart the Spurs?

In the first half we saw the later, a very flat Golden State. To make things even worse for the Warriors, the Spurs came out with a perfectly executed game plan and actually led by as much as 22 points in the first half. Stephen Curry couldn’t get anything going being completely covered by San Antonio, so any open looks were not coming Curry’s way. At the half the Warriors had made up a lot of ground trailing 67-58.

San Antonio continued to grind in the third quarter and extended their lead back into the double digits. With under five minutes left in the quarter the Warriors needed to make a move or suffer their fourth loss of the season.

Curry was 1 of 15 and watching this team tonight we all wondered where the team we saw last night had gone. The Warriors turnovers were starting to mount up and really killed any momentum that Golden State was able to create.

In the first three quarters the San Antonio Spurs were the better team in this game. They were better offensively and defensively. As the third quarter came to an end the Warriors began to heat up and Curry began to get loose and hit those three’s. They trailed by the score of 99-88 but a momentum shift in this game favored the Warriors.

The momentum that had favored the Warriors in the third quarter followed them into the fourth quarter. The 22 points that the Spurs had once enjoyed in this game had been cut to seven points. Golden State began forcing turnovers and cutting the Spurs lead. The energy that San Antonio had started the first three quarters with had fizzled but the Warriors were not taking full advantage.

The final four minutes of this game was a wild affair. The Spurs shooting had gone cold and the Warriors were hitting, taking their first lead of the game 106-103 with two minutes left in the game. With 1:05 left in the game the Warriors trailed by a single point. San Antonio extended their lead to 110-106 with 33.6 seconds left in the game eventually winning 112-107.

It was a sluggish start for the Warriors in the first half and dominant play for Golden State in the second half. It was just too little too late. They had fallen behind by such a huge margin in this game and just plain ran out of clock. The Spurs really capitalized on the Warriors mistakes and hit shots at the very end that were crucial.

A lot of credit has to go to the San Antonio Spurs who had five players in double digits and played three quarters of brilliant basketball. That was all it took for the Spurs.

The positives in this game for Golden State was the competitive play in the second half. They really gave themselves a chance to win. Curry finished with 25 points and Jordan Poole had 15 points. Head Coach Steve Kerr felt that the team was a step slow in this game and really drained.

Monday night the Warriors will be playing the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.