Warriors Withstand Kings in 101-92 Victory

The Golden State Warriors took advantage of their shortest road trip of the season, defeating the Sacramento Kings 101-92 at Sleep Train Arena on Wednesday night. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors took advantage of their shortest road trip of the season, defeating the Sacramento Kings 101-92 at Sleep Train Arena on Wednesday night.

David Lee led the way with his daily double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Klay Thompson had a strong game with 18 points, and Stephen Curry added 14.

By no means was it an easy victory, however. Up by as many as 15 in the first half, the Warriors had a nightmarish third quarter, allowing the Kings to finish the quarter on a 9-0 run and take a 76-75 lead heading into the fourth.

It was the Kings’ first lead of the game, and it would be the last. The Warriors held the Kings to just four field goals total in the fourth quarter, and went on a 13-4 run to begin the quarter to take an 88-80 lead. The starters, who, with the exception of Jermaine O’Neal, all played 36-plus minutes, finished out the game strong to earn the win.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Field-goal percentage: 45.3% (39-86)
  • Three-point percentage: 15.8% (3-19)
  • Rebounds: 35
  • Assists: 26
  • Turnovers: 7
  • Bench points: 31

Kings 

  • Field-goal percentage: 41.8% (33-79)
  • Three-point percentage: 35.3% (6-17)
  • Rebounds: 49
  • Assists: 13
  • Turnovers: 21
  • Bench points: 31

No Bogut, No Problem…Sorta

As much as you’d like to think that the Warriors are ok without Andrew Bogut, the truth is that they would have lost to most teams in the West not named the Kings tonight, and they probably would have to the Kings if DeMarcus Cousins was playing.

The Warriors were out-rebounded 49-35, and gave up a number of second-chance opportunities to the Kings. Without Bogut, the Warriors’ only hope of defending the paint was Jermaine O’Neal, and that probably wasn’t a good sign from the start.

Who knows how badly Cousins would have manhandled the Warriors down low if he had played?

But hey, we’ll never know. A win is a win.

Good to Know

What’s on Tap

The Warriors are right back at it on Thursday night, taking on the Rockets at home on national T.V.

Topics: Golden State Warriors

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