The Golden State Warriors have continued their impressive unbeaten run to start NBA preseason, claiming a 121-115 overtime victory against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
While preseason counts for nothing in the overall landscape, back-to-back wins on the road is a nice shift after Golden State’s well publicised issues away from Chase Center last year.
The Golden State Warriors got enough contributions across the board to defeat the Sacramento Kings in their third preseason outing.
In the teams’ first meeting since last season’s playoffs, the Kings began scorching hot from three-point range to open up a double-digit lead in the opening three minutes. Yet after a 38-25 opening period, the Warriors — minus Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and Draymond Green — felt like the better team over the remainder of the game.
Golden State shot just 42.5% from deep across the game, but their defense came to the fore after Sacramento’s strong start. Without Curry, Paul and Green, this was an opportunity for the franchise’s younger players to impress in the search for more minutes come the start of the regular season.
Impress they largely did, even if it shouldn’t have needed overtime after the Warriors led by five with less than a minute remaining. Against a practically full-strength Kings team, fans could have hardly asked for much more in what continues as an impressive preseason.
Kevon Looney continued his rebounding prowess against the Kings with 14 in 23 minutes, while Klay Thompson had 12 points in 16 minutes before exiting. Moses Moody was impactful again with 16 points off the bench, with Trayce Jackson-Davis again showcasing his defensive versatility after entering the game in the third-quarter.
But while that quartet were important in the victory, there were a trio of clear winners from Golden State’s third preseason game. However, while most played their part, one player struggled to have the impact they would have desired.
Let’s check out the three winners and one loser from the win over the Kings: