It wasn’t pretty, but thanks too some timely baskets and key defensive stops, the Golden State Warriors hung on to defeat their NorCal rivals Sacramento Kings 115-113. After beginning the fourth quarter with a ten point lead the Warriors held off multiple Kings runs to avoid their second consecutive close defeat.
Stephen Curry had 12 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter including two clutch free throws with 8.6 seconds left to seal the victory. Before the late free throws Draymond Green tipped in one of Curry’s misses to give the team the lead. DeMarcus Cousins countered with two of his 24 points with a hook shot to even up the ball game at 113. Then Curry drew a shooting foul and knocked down both shots at the line.
Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas was met at the basket by Warriors center Andrew Bogut who rejected Thomas’ shot at the rim for the biggest of his three blocks on the night. Bogut played well, finishing with six points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
The Warriors received 64 points combined from the Splash Brothers on 13-of-19 shooting from downtown. Thompson had 28 of his own and Curry recorded another double-double with 36 points and 10 assists.
Draymond Green contributed 9 points and five rebounds off the bench including the late tip in.
Marcus Thornton had 21 off the bench for the Kings including five threes. The Kings, now 4-11 are back at it again on Tuesday evening against the Thunder.
The Warriors now 10-8, host the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday evening as well.