The Golden State Warriors trounced the Sacramento Kings 137-106 Monday night by simply playing a better brand of basketball. The Warriors played fast, they were physical, they executed on defense and they shared the ball.
Oh, and they have a first-ballot Hall of Famer playing at an elite level.
The Kings were completely outclassed in the first half. The lead had already ballooned to double digits midway through the first quarter as the stagnant offense from the second half against the Houston Rockets crept into this game. The lack of ball movement and little push-back on defense, mixed with the speed and force the Warriors were playing with, got the Kings all out of sorts.
The only offense came from Fox pushing the pace and getting to the basket. They found themselves down by 17 after the first.
In the second quarter, the Kings tried a zone defense that the Warriors quickly figured out. The Kings got a little offense going through Hassan Whiteside, who had 8 points and three blocks in the first half. They simply dumped it into Whiteside and let him use his size to try to score. The offense continued to stagnate everywhere else (only 9 assists in the half and 31 percent from the field). Buddy Hield went 1-6 from the field and 1-5 from three.
The Kings were, however, able to get to line in the first half, going 18-25. Curry was Curry and had the Kings defense in a tailspin all half. He finished the first half with 23 points.
The Warriors pushed the Kings around and took them completely out of any offense they wanted to run, forcing them into 8 turnovers. The Warriors dropped 32 points in the paint to the Kings 14.
They were down 68-48 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Kings came out with more energy on defense and offense. They were moving better and playing more aggressive and Hield's shot began to fall. They got the lead down to 15 with 6:15 left in the third.
Kelly Oubre suddenly learned how to shoot again and started nailing threes. Holmes picked up his fifth foul with three minutes left and the lead jumped back up to 21 shortly after. The Kings defense continued to have little answers for the Warriors speed and physicality.
Steph was up to 30 points by the end of the third with four other Warriors in double-digit scoring. The lead had jumped up to 25. Harrison Barnes did what he could to carry the load on offense in the third, but it just wasn't nearly enough.
This one was pretty much over before a second ticked off the clock in the fourth.
Walton unloaded the bench a little past the midway point of the fourth as the bleeding never stopped. Curry finished with 30 points, 8 assists and 9 rebounds.
Player of the Game
Harrison Barnes, who did what he could to keep the Kings afloat with 18 points and 9 rebounds. His impressive season continues. Fox had a decent game stats wise, but never really was able to put his imprint on the game.
Trivia for the Night
This game sucked. As the game got out of hand, I decided to go back and look at past games the Kings have played on Jan. 4:
- Jan. 4, 2013: DeMarcus Cousins dropped 31 points and 20 rebounds on the Toronto Raptors. He had some help from Mr. John Salmons who had 20 points on 7-14 from the field! (He was a +23 on the night!) The Kings won 105-96.
- Jan. 4, 2000: Chris Webber went for 37 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. Jason Williams dropped 18 DIMES to go along with 18 points, and the Kings beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-107.
- Marvin Bagley had a really bad night with only 5 points on 2-9 from the field. He did have 9 rebounds, but he was a whopping -27 in the +/- column.
- Richaun Holmes had five fouls, which kept him on the bench and out of the flow of the game.
- James Wiseman looks pretty good and worthy of a top pick in the draft. He is big, athletic and skilled. He finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 assist in 17 minutes.
- Kyle Guy got 16 minutes and had 7 points with 5 assists.
- Robert Woodard had 4 points and 6 rebounds in only 5 minutes during garbage time.
- 41 assists for the Warriors. Only 20 for the Kings.
- Get well soon Tyrese!
The Kings will take on the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday at 7 p.m.