Sacramento, CA – It almost seemed unreal. The Warriors who normally outscore their opponent within the first 10 minutes found themselves in a close game against the Kings last night. Despite a lethargic start Golden State grinded it out in the end to pull of the 103-94 victory.
“Definitely not pretty but we overcame missed shots, turnovers, kind of a sluggish first half, said Stephen Curry. “Pretty much had control of the game the whole way through. They made a decent run to take the lead by one in the fourth. Made some plays down the stretch and pulled it out. That defense allowed us to overcome a poor shooting night.”
Sacramento came out with energy, good defense and had a few nice blocks. But Andre Iguodala hit a 3-point shot that gave the Warriors their first lead late in the first. By the end of the half the Kings had 15 turnovers that led to 19 points scored by Golden State.
Sacramento held both Curry and Klay Thompson to 11 points combined this half. The “hot handed” Harrison Barnes only had 4 points by the half. It was definitely an off night for the MVP and his teammates. Curry was 8 for 18 from the field but managed to score some big baskets late in the second half.
“Obviously there was some fatigue out there, our turnovers in the first half and they kept fighting,” Kings head coach George Karl said. “I thought our leader was (Rajon) Rondo. Rondo was incredibly intense. His defense on (Stephen) Curry was first class. I just wish we would have more gas in the tank to finish off the game.”
Rajon Rondo recorded his 23rd career triple double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists. It’s the first triple-double for Sacramento since DeMarcus Cousins tallied 24 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists on April 3, 2015 vs. New Orleans. The last time a Kings player recorded 15 or more assists was on March 28, 2010, when Beno Udrih dished out 15 assists at Cleveland.
The big spark off the bench that kept the Warriors in the game was Iguodala. He scored 14 points with six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Klay Thompson finished with 18 points while Curry had 24 points. Iguodala set the tone overtime he came off the bench.
“He was amazing tonight,” said Draymond Green of Iguodala’s night. “In the first half, he came in and pushed the tempo for us. In the second half, he made big plays for us. Everything.”
Golden State shot 41 percent overall and missed 31 of 39 3-point attempts. Marco Bellinelli and Rudy Gay each scored 22 points for Sacramento. Rondo gave the Kings a 79-78 late in the fourth. But Golden State began to pull away when Curry hit two three’s to put away the Kings for good.
“Never too high, never too low; that’s my motto,” Curry said. “I’m not expecting to shoot lights out every game.”