With Curry and Durant Out, Sacramento Kings Stun Golden State Warriors 110-106
Sacramento Kings forward-center Willie Cauley-Stein battles Golden State Warriors' power forward Draymond Green for a rebound. The Kings won 110-106 at the Oracle. Publicity Agents photo art by T. Ray Harvey. Nov. 27, 2017.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Oakland, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors had nine-straight home victories against the Sacramento Kings before Monday night. Thanks to the absence of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, that streak is over.
Bogdan Bogdanovic’s bank shot broke an 106-106 tie with :12.6 seconds left to play, and then he followed it with two free throws with :2.4 seconds remaining to give the Kings (6-14) a 110-106 road victory over the Warriors at the Oracle.
The Warriors had beaten the Kings eight-consecutive times at home and won 19 of their last 23 home contests over Sacramento. Overall, Golden State had defeated the Kings 16 of the last 19 games.
There were 17 ties and 16 lead changes in this game before it was decided.
“Without KD (Durant) and Steph (Curry) it changes the dynamics down the stretch,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “(The Kings) just out-executed us down the stretch. They got much better shots than we did. They deserved to win.”
Willie Cauley-Stein came off the bench for 19 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, two steals, and two blocked shots for the Kings. Garrett Temple had 14 points, three rebounds, and three assists, and one blocked shot. Frank Mason III contributed 14 points, four assists, and three rebounds.
“It was a good opportunity for us,” Kings head coach Dave Joerger said. “They don’t lose in here often no matter what.”
Durant and Curry were missing, but the Warriors still had Klay Thompson as a go-to guy. And Golden State did go to the sharpshooter.
Thompson’s 3-point shot hit the front of the rim as the clock expired. He led the Warriors (15-6) with 21 points five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot. Draymond Green gave his observation of Thompson’s failed attempt.
“I think we gave the ball to Klay and everybody else just stood,” said Green, who contributed 14 points, eight assists, four rebounds and four-made 3-pointers. “We gotta keep moving to put ourselves in a better position to score. We just depend on Klay to make a shot.”
Curry (right hand contusion) and Durant (sprained left ankle) were sidelined for the Kings game. Former Kings’ first-round pick Omri Casspi and Patrick McCaw started in place of Durant and Curry. Durant has missed the last two games with his injury.
The Warriors biggest lead in the second quarter was at 10 points after Casspi made a pull-up, 3-point shot with 2:45 left to play in the second half. The Kings battled back on an 8-0 run to trail 55-53 at the half.
There were 11 lead changes and 10 ties in the first 24 minutes. Not one player from either team scored in double digits in the half. Thompson and McCaw had nine points each for the Warriors while Temple led the Kings with nine buckets.
George Hill made three 3-points en route to 13 points in the third quarter for the Kings. Kings fell behind by seven points, but Hill’s offensive prowess kept the Kings close Warriors lead 82-81 after three quarters.
Kings jumped out to a 9-2 run to take a 90-84 margin after Mason hit a trey. The Warriors came back to tie game at 92-92 with a 3-pointer by Andre Iguodala. The game was tied three more times times, the last knot at 106-106.
Bogdanovics’ driving bank shot and two free throws sealed the deal for the Kings.
“To come in against the champions, it’s something really special,” said Bogdanovic, who finished with 12 points, three assists, and two rebounds in nearly 22 minutes. “The way we won...that’s why we work hard every single day.”
After the Kings return to Golden 1 Center to play the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 28, the team takes off to a four-game road trip. The Kings are (2-9) on the road.
Golden State Warriors:
Sacramento native Matt Barnes received his 2017 NBA Championship Ring from the Warriors before the game, his first during 15-year career in the league. Draymond Green made the presentation.
It was a situation that Barnes was happily to accept when he joined the Warriors last April after Kevin Durant was injured. Barnes was waived by the Sacramento Kings following the DeMarcus Cousins trade to the New Orleans Pelicans in February.
In the first 20 games of the season, the Warriors had yet to allow an opponent to make at least 50 percent of their field goal attempts. The Kings made 42 of 79 shots from the field at 53.2 percent to beat the Warriors.
The Warriors will embark on a six-game road trip and all those games in a 10-day span.
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By T. Ray Harvey | PA Public Information Officer and Photographic Artist
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T. Ray (Antonio) Harvey is a Public Information Officer and Photographic Artist for Publicity Agents. Harvey is also the author of The HOMICIDAL HANDYMAN OF OAK PARK: MORRIS SOLOMON JR.