NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Golden State
(Tuesday, April 8th)
Final Score: Golden State 140, Sacramento 132
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Baron Davis filled the stat sheet with 33 points, nine assists and five rebounds, as Golden State remained deadlocked with Denver for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 140-132 victory over Sacramento.
Stephen Jackson led five other Warriors in double figures with 20 points, while Al Harrington and Andris Biedrins added 17 points apiece. Biedrins also posted 17 rebounds and Monta Ellis donated 16 points for the Warriors, who have come out the victor in two of their last three contests. Golden State set a season-high for points scored in the victory.
The Warriors and Nuggets will meet in Oakland on Thursday night.
"We know we've got five games left," Davis said. "We've got to win all five in order to get to the the playoffs. That's our goal, that's our mission. That's been the mission since the time the season started, so we just have to keep playing the way we play."
Francisco Garcia scored 31 points, Kevin Martin poured in 29 points with seven rebounds and John Salmons contributed 22 points for the Kings, who have dropped two in a row. The Kings also learned Tuesday that center Brad Miller will miss the final five games of the season with a stress fracture in his left leg and a bone chip in his right elbow.
The fourth period served as a countdown to the 130-point mark as Golden State was never seriously threatened. Davis' three with 4:02 to go pushed the edge to 129-115 before the feisty Kings scored four quick points capped by Quincy Douby's two free throws.
Time was on Golden State's side, however, and the Kings never got within striking distance in the final minutes.
Both teams got off to quick starts on the offensive end, combining for 71 points in the first 12 minutes. A two-point lead late in the period quickly grew to seven on an Ellis floater and Jackson three-pointer, and Golden State maintained that margin at 39-32 after one stanza.
The game featuring little defense and plenty of red-hot shooting continued through the half. The edge reached double figures at 58-48 on Kelenna Azubuike's three-pointer with 5:07 remaining, and Austin Croshere's two free throws made the score 62-49 moments later.
Ellis' three-point play with 27 ticks to go pushed the edge to 77-63, but Garcia drained a trey just before the buzzer to conclude the scoring spree.
The lead again reached 13 points at 95-82 on back-to-back layups by Biedrins and Jackson, but the Kings kept clawing back, drawing within 103-96 at the end of three stanzas.
Golden State improved to 26-12 at home this season...Sacramento dropped to 12-28 on the road...The Warriors won three of four against the Kings this season...Sacramento has dropped four straight in Oakland...Mickael Pietrus scored 10 points in the win....Douby donated 15 points in defeat.
04/09 02:32:31 ET