The Golden State Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings 117-113 Sunday night.
The first half the game remained close and not a lot of defense was played. Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield were good, Steph Curry was better. Barnes and Hield did their best to shoulder the scoring load in the first half with De'Aaron Fox out.
The Warriors expanded a lead late in the third as Steph hit some wild shots and displayed his court vision. Yet it remained a tightly contested battle down the stretch in the fourth quarter with Tyrese Haliburton making several clutch shots, and getting into a groove following a rough shooting performance in the first half. Curry and the savvy of Draymond Green, however, were too much for the Kings to overcome. It was impressive the Kings were so competitive in this game with Fox not playing , however. And they even had a chance for the win at the buzzer with a Barnes step-back three, but it rimmed off.
Sacramento Kings 113 points, 47% from the field, 37% from three, 38 rebounds, 22 assists, 8 steals, 5 blocks, 12 turnovers
Golden State Warriors 117 points, 48% from the field, 38% from three, 52 rebounds, 30 assists, 6 steals, 3 blocks, 17 turnovers
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
Richaun Holmes back It was good to see Holmes starting and back on the floor. He played in limited minutes, but was the strong interior presence we have become accustomed to when he was on the floor. He did miss two free throws though with 1:25 left though with the Kings down 1.
Hield Buddy was really good tonight for 3 quarters. Aside from the 25 points and 6 rebounds, he only had 1 turnover (more on that in a bit). He was clearly taking it upon himself to try to match Steph and pick up his scoring with Fox out, so that means handling the ball more. So good on him for protecting the ball for most of the game. He went 6-8 from three.
Barnes Barnes was also good. He finished with 23 points and 7 rebounds.
Steph Curry This guy has a chance in this league 37 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Tyrese in the second half Haliburton was struggling in the first half from the field, both with his floater and three, but cleaned it up in the second and made several clutch shots down the stretch. He finished with 24 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds and a steal. He also only had 1 turnover in 37 minutes.
Bench scoring The Kings bench got outscored 23-40. Delon Wright had a productive night with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals, but the bench as a whole needs to bring more.
Damian Jones Jones only saw 8 minutes of action, but totaled 0's across the stat sheet other than 1 turnover.
Offensive Rebounds The Warriors won this category 16-6.
Buddy Hield in the final seconds of the fourth Can a guy be in both the good and ugly categories? I think Buddy can. We're going to do it. In the waning seconds of the fourth in a close game, Hield tried to isolate dribble against Draymond Green and that didn't go well as the ball rolled out of bounds. (His teammates should have been running out for screens though.) A couple of seconds later on the Warriors inbound he got a steal and lost the ball out of bounds on a clear path to the basket with the Kings down 1.
The King of Kings
Tyrese Haliburton impressed in his role as the lead guard with Fox out. As I mentioned earlier, he struggled with his shot in the first half, but still racked up assists when that was happening. The Kings would not have been in the game late if it wasn't for his scoring picking up. Controlling the ball for 37 minutes against Steph and only having 1 turnover is impressive. Nice game for the rookie.
Up Next: Monday, April 25 v. the Dallas Mavericks 7:00 PM.