Kings, Warriors meet again in Sacramento
In-state rivals meet for the second time this week when the Sacramento Kings play host to the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors just finished up a lengthy six-game homestand by beating Sacramento on Tuesday by a 93-90 score and followed that triumph with a 119-101 rout of Utah on Thursday.
Golden State's talented backcourt of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry combined to score 62 points vs. the Jazz. Ellis had 33 points while Curry finished with 29 points and 12 assists for the Warriors, who used an 18-2 run that bridged between the third and fourth quarters to pull away.
David Lee recorded 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Warriors won three of the last four on the residency to finish at 3-3 overall.
"The biggest thing was defending and getting out and running," Ellis said. "We were playing Warriors basketball."
Golden State will put its 2-5 road record to the test Saturday.
Sacramento, meanwhile, bounced back from its setback to Golden State earlier in the week to top Portland, 95-92, at Power Balance Pavilion on Thursday.
Marcus Thornton returned from a four-game absence due to a bruised left quad and scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter of that one to lift the Kings.
John Salmons netted 19 points, Tyreke Evans had 18 and Jason Thompson recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento, which snapped a five-game losing streak.
"It was a great crowd effort tonight and we played hard," Evans said.
The Kings are 5-4 in California's capital this season.
The Warriors split four meetings with Sacramento a season ago. In Tuesday's encounter in Oakland, Brandon Rush recorded 20 points off the bench, including 15 in the fourth quarter, as Golden State held off the Kings late for a 93-90 victory at ORACLE Arena.
These two teams have split the past 14 encounters in Sacramento.