Sabonis Pushes Kings Past Spurs 119-109

Sacramento Kings’ Domantas Sabonis, center, drives between San Antonio Spurs’ Jakob Poeltl (25) and Jeremy Sochan during the first half at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Wed Feb 1, 2023 (AP News photo)

Sabonis Pushes Kings Past Spurs 119-109

By Barbara Mason

The Sacramento Kings (29-21) kicked off the month of February in San Antonio taking on the Spurs (14-38) at AT&T Center. The Kings are coming off a win against the Timberwolves on Monday 118-111. The Kings Domantas Sabonis led with 34 points in the 119-109 ten point win over the Spurs on Wednesday night.

The first quarter was a tight one with the Spurs ahead 31-30 in the first 12 minutes. The Kings had a slow defensive start but made up for it in the second quarter winning it 31-23. They led at the half 61-54.

The Kings only had four turnovers in the half and were shooting at 56%. Sabonis had the high for the half with 21 points. De’Aaron Fox finished the first two quarters with 15 points.

Fox typically steps it up in the second half so the Kings had a decent handle on this game going into the third quarter. Sacramento needed to start hitting more shots from downtown hitting a dismal 15% in the first half.

The third quarter was another close one with the Spurs winning it 30-28. The Kings hung onto the lead 89-84 but the Spurs refused to go away. This was anyone’s game going into the fourth quarter.

Sacramento extended their lead in the final quarter and fought off San Antonio winning the game.

Sabonis had the high score with 34 points and as expected the second half was a good one for Fox with 31 points. Malik Monk had 22 points off the bench.

Sacramento will now travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers Friday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 PM.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings face struggling Gregg Popovich and Spurs in San Antonio on Wednesday night

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, left, goes up to shoot while defended by Sacramento Kings forward Trey Lyles (41) during the first half at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Mon Jan 30, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremaih:

#1 The Sacramento Kings (28-21) came away with a two game split against the Minnesota Timberwolves (27-26) on Saturday the Kings took a seven point loss but came back on Monday night with a seven point win 118-111 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

#2 Leading the way for the Kings on Monday night was leading scorer De’Aaron Fox with 32 points Trey Lyles had eight of 11 points to help carry the Kings in overtime to a win.

#3 Scoring 19 points and a big contributor was Malik Monk, Domantas Sabonis had 17 points, and 13 rebounds and fouled out of the game, and Keegan Murray had 13 points and 13 rebounds. In a all hands on deck game for the Kings.

#4 For the 2022-23 campaign the Kings topped their season high with 15 steals and 18 turnovers were converted into 21 points against Minnesota.

#5 Jeremiah the Kings are headed for San Antonio Wednesday night against the Spurs for a 5:00pm tip off at AT&T Center in San Antonio. What has happened to the Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and his team they have now lost six straight games are 14th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 14-37.

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Sacramento upends Spurs 132-119 for fourth straight win

Sacramento Kings’ Harrison Barnes (40) drives against San Antonio Spurs’ Josh Richardson, right, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Sun Jan 15, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sunday, January 15, 2023

Harrison Barnes scored 29 points, Domantas Sabonis came within a couple of assists of reaching a triple-double, and the Sacramento Kings defeated the San Antonio Spurs 132-119 Sunday at AT&T Center.

It was the fourth consecutive win for the Kings (24-15). It was the second straight double-digit loss for the Spurs (13-31) after falling to Golden State Friday in a game played before 68,323 at the Alamodome to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Spurs moving to San Antonio from Dallas in their ABA days. It was the largest regular season crowd in NBA history.

Following Barnes was De’Aaron Fox with 23 points, and Sabonis with 18 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists. Davion Mitchell and Trey Lyles scored 19 and 12 points, respectively, off the Kings’ bench, and Keegan Murray added 12 points.

Jakob Poeltl was the top scorer for San Antonio with 23 points, followed by Josh Richardson with 21 and 20 from Keldon Johnson. Tre Jones scored 16 points to go with eight assists and seven rebounds, and Jeremy Sochan added 15 points and eight boards for the Spurs.

Sacramento shot 55 percent from the field as they maintain their lead in the NBA Pacific Division after winning seven of its last 10 games. The Spurs, who are 8-28 since opening the season 5-2, are in fourth place in the Southwest Division.

San Antonio lost despite scoring 44 points in the paint in the first half.

The Kings travel to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Wednesday before returning home on Friday to host Oklahoma City,

Warriors Get A Great Start On the Road Beating San Antonio 144-113; Game set NBA attendance record at the Alamodome

Fans move about in the Alamodome before an NBA basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors in San Antonio, Friday, Jan. 13, 2023 (AP News photo)

Warriors Get A Great Start On the Road Beating San Antonio 144-113

By Barbara Mason

Friday night the Golden State Warriors (21-21) took on the San Antonio Spurs (13-30) in the first of a five game road trip. Alamodome was packed with nearly 65,000 fans at the start of the game. At the end of the third quarter we got the exact attendance which was an NBA record breaker with 68,323. The Warriors were not intimidated by the sell out record setting crowd and defeated the Spurs 144-113.

On top of this it was the 50th anniversary of the storied San Antonio franchise. The Warriors had a great first quarter leading 33-25 after the first 12 minutes. The Spurs had a slow start but started to challenge Golden State as the quarter wore on. The Warriors were shooting from beyond the arc as expected but they were winning the battle in the paint.

Golden State did not slow down in the second quarter. At the half they had won the quarter 41-32 and led 74-60. The Warriors were shooting at 58% and had only five turnovers in the half. The Warriors had shot nine from downtown while the Spurs were struggling from long with only two baskets.

The Warriors won the battle of the benches and the Spurs were having a rough time keeping up with the Warriors ball movement,. The Warriors were 18 of 23 from the paint and it was an ideal first half of basketball for Golden State.

The Spurs got a quick start in the third quarter and started to trim the Warriors lead and with 9:20 San Antonio trailed by 78-72. Golden State turned it around and got back on track to extend their lead back out to 91-75 with 6:43 left in the third. Klay Thompson was having a great game going seven of eight with 16 points.

The Warriors tonight looked like the defending champions, a great thing to see on the road for these guys considering their issues away from Chase. As the clock ran out on the third quarter the Warriors had a significant lead 114-89.

Through three quarters, this was the best that the Warriors had played all season on the road and they did it in front of the largest crowd in NBA history. Golden State held onto the lead; they kept their foot on the pedal and won the first game on this road trip.

30 assists will win a lot of games and the Warriors played a complete game especially on the defensive end. They dominated the boards, made shots from downtown and their play in the paint was brilliant with eight players in double digits and 77 points from the bench. Jordan Poole had the point high with 25 and Donte DiVincenzo with 22. Four starters finished in double digits in this unique atmosphere.

The Warriors continue their road trip traveling to Chicago for an afternoon game on Sunday with the Bulls. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:30 PM.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings pick up fifth straight win; Sac had commanding lead on Spurs

Sacramento Kings forward Trey Lyles (41) and San Antonio Spurs guard Devin Vassell (24) chase the ball during the first quarter at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Thu Nov 17, 2022 (AP News photo)

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson:

#1 The Sacramento Kings (8-6) have been going for the gusto of late they have won five straight games defeating the San Antonio Spurs (6-10) 130-112 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento Thursday night.

#2 De’Aaron Fox led the way for the Kings with 28 points and had his usual huge influence on the outcome of the game and on the offense.

#3 It seems like head coach Mike Brown has this team running on all cylinders he’s certainly taken a page out of his old Golden State days when he was an assistant coach when they won several championships. He has the Kings playing with that same kind of confidence.

#4 The Spurs did put on some defense in the second and third quarters but it was the fourth quarter when Kings pulled away scoring 41 points to wind up with a 18 point win.

#5 The Kings have a very good shot at getting their sixth straight win at Golden 1 on Sunday a 3:00pm tip against the visiting Detroit Pistons. The Pistons have now lost five straight games.

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It’s Five In A Row For Sacramento Beating Spurs 130-112

San Antonio Spurs guard Josh Richardson (7) and Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) chase the ball during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Thu Nov 17, 2022 (AP News photo)

It’s Five In A Row For Sacramento Beating Spurs 130-112

By Barbara Mason

Thursday night the red-hot Sacramento Kings (8-6) took on the San Antonio Spurs (6-10) looking for their fifth win in a row. The Kings have one of the high powered offenses in the NBA right now. Their ball movement is on fire and they are taking high percentage shots and not forcing anything. This team is not leaning too heavily on one player, but rather they are trusting each other. The Huerter Sabonis connection has been insane and so much fun to watch.

This was true test for the Kings playing against a Gregg Popovich led team. The Spurs played hard and pushed Sacramento to the limits. The Kings played without Keegan Murray who sat out the game with a back issue. His injury is not considered to be a long-term issue and that is good news for the Kings. The Kings picked up their fifth straight win over the Spurs 130-112 at Golden One Center in Sacramento.

The Kings won the first quarter 37-28 leading at one time by sixteen points. The Spurs made a push getting to within four points but the Kings pushed back and held a 63-56 lead going into halftime. De’Aaron Fox had scored 12 points in the first half and off the bench Malik Monk also had twelve points.

The Spurs refused to go away and this game was tied a number of times in the third quarter. With 2:09 left in the quarter the scored was tied 80-80. At 1:18 the score was again tied at 82 and the Kings would have to go the distance and pull out all the stops in this one. After three quarters the Kings led 89-82.

The Kings would extend that lead down the stretch in the fourth quarter. Fox and Monk were shooting lights out. Monk was shooting 50% from downtown and Fox was 10 of 13 and 24 points with 7:32 left in the game. With a little over two minutes left on the clock, Sacramento was in the driver’s seat. With 1:37 the Kings had a 128-110 lead and their fifth win in a row was in sight.

All five of the starters for the Spurs shot in double digits with Devin Vassell the high with 29 points. The Spurs just could not handle the offensive excellence of Sacramento. De’Aaron Fox finished with 28 points and Malik Monk had 26 off the bench.

This was an all-around effort by the Kings. Harrison Barnes and Domantas Sabonis both had 16 and off the bench Trey Lyles had 14 points and Chimezie Metu with 10. This was just another solid offensive and defensive game for Sacramento. They fought throughout the game holding onto the lead through four quarters.

Next up for the Kings will be on Sunday when they take on the Detroit Pistons. They will be gunning for their sixth win in a row. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 PM.

Warriors rout Spurs 132-95; Golden State makes that 3 wins out of last four

Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole scores against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center on Mon Nov 14, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors welcomed the San Antonio Spurs to the Chase Center Monday night. The Spurs, in rebuild mode, came to town with a record of six wins and seven losses. Most of the players on the Spurs’ team are not well known. Head coach Greg Popovich is in the process of remaking his team so they can get back into the playoffs.

The Warriors, smarting from a loss last night to the Sacramento Kings, needed to win at home. The Warriors have had problems on defense this year. They have also committed too many fouls and too many turnovers. The team would rest Klay Thompson, too. Steve Kerr inserted Jordan Poole into the starting lineup, and the move paid off. The Warriors broke the game open in the second quarter and cruised to an easy 132-95 win.

The Warriors got a hot start for the second game in a row. For the second time, they fell behind 20-19 when San Antonio went on a 16-5 run. It would be the only time in the game that San Antonio had the lead. The Warriors, behind Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, and Moses Moody, paced the Warriors offense to give them a 33-26 advantage after the first 12 minutes. Poole knocked down 14 points in the quarter.

The Warriors won the second quarter 28-19 to finish the first half leading 61-45. Stephen Curry, Poole, Kuminga, Wiggins, and Moody led the way. Curry finished the half with ten points. Poole had 19, Wiggins eight, Kuminga seven, and Moody six. None of the Spurs’ starters were in double figures.

The Warriors put the game out of reach in the third quarter. The Warriors outscored the Spurs 38-23 to end the quarter leading, 99-68. The Warriors were playing their most complete game of the year. The offense was clicking. The Warriors did not foul. They did not turn the ball over, and their defense was excellent. Kerr replaced his starters, and the second unit played the entire fourth quarter. The reserves still outscored the Spurs 33-27 to win 132-95.

Game Notes: With the win, the Warriors are 6-8 and have won three of the last four games. The Spurs are now 6-8, too.

Poole had his best game of the year. In 27 minutes of action, Poole scored 36 points and connected on five threes. Anthony Lamb was second on the team, with 17 points. Lamb made five threes. Curry had 16, Kuninga 15, Moody 11, and Wiggins ten. 

The Warriors shot 53% from the floor. They made 23 threes in 45 tries. The team recorded 35 assists. 

San Antonio’s leading scorer was Kelden Johnson, with 15 points. Jeremy Sochan and Keita Bates-Diop each had 12, and Josh Richardson, coming off the bench, had ten. The Spurs shot 36% from the floor and were ten-for-40 from three-point range. The Spurs outrebounded the Warriors 64-48.

The Warriors travel to Phoenix to face the Suns Wednesday night. The Warriors hope to get their first win on the road this year. The game starts at 7 pm.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors continue to struggle on the road remain winless

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket past Sacramento Kings guard Davion Mitchell (15) at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Sun Nov 13, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, Golden State Warriors (5-8) still without a road win they took another road loss last night at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento against an improved Sacramento Kings (6-6) team losing by seven points 122-115.

#2 Even key stars of the Warriors guard Stephen Curry and forward Draymond Green had a tough time defending Kings star player Domantas Sobonis who ended up with a triple double in the contest.

#3 The Warriors played well enough to win they got scoring production from Curry 27 points, Andrew Wiggins 26 and Jordan Poole with 18 points despite the effort it’s just got to be frustrating working hard but going empty handed.

#4 The Warriors had a tough time defending Sobonis who wound up on the top of the leaderboard with 26 and De’Aaron Fox who finished second in scoring with 22 points.

#5 The Warriors will return home to the Chase Center for a battle with the San Antonio Spurs Monday night at 7:00pm. The Spurs had lost five straight games before winning their last game against the mighty Milwaukee Bucks Friday 111-93 in San Antonio. Barbara tell us how you see the Spurs and Warriors matching up tonight?

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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)

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