NBA, Golden State Warriors vs Sacramento Kings: Stephen Curry leads Warriors with 30 points with half of them coming in the last quarter to shatter the Kings, 113-98.
Covid his hitting with intensity as both teams came shorthanded. Warriors were playing without Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins who were replaced by Damion Lee and Jonathan Kumingo as starters.
The Kings were missing seven players including their star guard De’Aaron Fox. Their center Richaun Holmes was also out meaning Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson got the start.
A slow start from both teams, but the Kings were turning the ball over like crazy. Although, Kings were struggling the Warriors were unable to capitalize. They were leading by 10 runs with 4:33 remaining, however, Metu explodes keeping the visitors in the game.
They ran some offense and made some buckets, but the Kings stuck with them. Closing the first half with a 10-3 run thus cutting the lead to just 12 points.
The third quarter story saw a turn for the host. Buddy Hield started pouring threes and Harrison Barnes too got into action from a three. The Kings were also aided by turnovers from the Warriors. The Kings were able to cut the lead to just three points, 73-70.
An ugly Andre Iguodala shot followed, but Payton snagged the offensive rebound and drew a foul. After two more bricks from Green and Iguodala, respectively, the Kings tied it up at 74-all, completing a 15-3 run. Porter hit a three, but Buddy Hield’s three-pointer gave Sacramento their first lead of the night.
Resting Curry early than usual paid off for Steve Kett. Stephen Curry scored the first eight points for the Warriors in the fourth quarter. Green followed it with a dunk and Iguodala scored a three-pointer.
The host were leading by 10 points and cruising to another victory. They even made it worse for the Kings by putting a final touch of seven points after King’s timeout.
Tyrese Haliburton put up a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Support came from Harrison Barnes with 19 points and Buddy Hield with 18 points. Chimezie Metu put up 16 but it wasn’t enough.
Along with Curry, the host got scoring support from Lee, 18 points, Green with a triple-double, 16 points-11 rebounds-10 assists, Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Payton II, 12 points, and Igoudala with 10 points.
Warriors blocked the shot 9 times, gathered two more steals with three fewer turnovers. They outplayed the Kings in the paint with 58 to 36.