Make it 3-1 against the Kings. If nothing else, the battle of Northern California belongs to the Warriors. They played with sloppiness but managed just enough to beat the Sacramento Kings, Saturday 111-108. Finally a win. The Warriors had lost four out of the last five and their lack luster effort was only met with even more lack luster effort. Statistically, both teams only committed 29 turnovers combined. But within the last minute, the teams traded turnovers and the Warriors were able to capitalize.
The two giants for the Warriors right now came to play. Klay Thompson (Monta Ellis who?) is looking more and more comfortable in his starting role and playing big boy minutes. He poured a career high 31 points on 10 of 20 shooting in 42 minutes. David Lee continues to lead the team in various ways. Just one assist shy of his third career triple double, Lee finished with 22 points, 14 boards and nine assists. Brandon Rush continues to relish his role off the bench, contributing with 11 points and four boards. Nate Robinson, who started the game, but was left with an injured hammie and did not return, made the most of the night helping the Warriors with 10 points, eight assists and four boards.
Statically, the Warriors did a decent job. They shot 49% from the field and 33% from behind the arc. They also made 85% of their free throws (though they did shoot six less than the kings) and had seven more assists. But they were once again out-rebounded 47-39, outscored in the paint (72-46) and on the fast break (30-13).
With about a minute left, the Kings blocked Thompson’s shot and raced down the court. But the weak ball handling of Terrence
Williams gave the ball back to the Warriors after he lost control and it went out of bounds. Lee then went to inbound the ball for the Warriors, only to have a five second violation called against the Warriors (I have yet to see a call like that in the NBA in ages!). But no need to fret. After the Kings got the ball in, Isaiah Thomas, went to cross over and instead of the ball meeting his hand, it hit his leg and went out of bounds. Ball back to the Warriors! This time, Lee got the ball in time and threw it to Richard Jefferson who made the lay-up to put the Warriors up by three.
Bad basketball in the last couple of minutes by both squads, but it was great to see the Warriors pull out with the victory. They needed this victory as they had lost the last four.