NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Sacramento
(Tuesday, March 18th)
Final Score: Sacramento 122, Golden State 105
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Martin poured in 34 points and pulled down seven rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings clobbered the playoff-hopeful Golden State Warriors, 122-105, at ARCO Arena.
The loss leaves the Warriors 1 1/2 games ahead of Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. After the Nuggets lost to Detroit on Tuesday, Golden State had a chance to move 2 1/2 games in front of Denver, but squandered that opportunity with the disappointing defeat at Sacramento.
"It was a letdown loss," Golden State's Stephen Jackson said. "It was a game we wanted and needed. We just did not come to play."
Ron Artest added 26 points for the Kings, who have triumphed in four of their last five outings. Mikki Moore tallied 19 points while hauling in 10 boards and swatting three shots, and Brad Miller managed 14 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out. Anthony Johnson provided 13 points, dished out 13 assists and grabbed six boards for Sacramento, which had dropped its two previous meetings with Golden State this season, and travels to ORACLE Arena on April 8 for the finale.
"Tonight, we took a lot of pressure off each other," Martin said. "Ron was attacking and A.J. was getting me the ball a little bit. Teammates were looking for each other and when they do that you better produce if you want it to keep on coming back."
Baron Davis recorded 24 points and eight assists for Golden State, which had won eight of its last 10 tilts before Tuesday's blunder. Andris Biedrins contributed 13 points and eight rebounds, and Kelenna Azubuike finished with 12 points and eight boards. Monta Ellis, who averages just under 20 points per game, was held to only 11, and Al Harrington chipped in with 10 points for the Warriors, who had won three consecutive contests against the Kings.
Trailing 105-84 in the opening minutes of the final frame, the Warriors embarked on a remarkable comeback, ripping off a 17-2 run to climb within six points. Harrington sparked the streak with a jumper, and Jackson sealed it with a pair from the charity stripe. At the 5:35 mark, Golden State was behind 107-101.
The Kings responded immediately, though, and in a big way, scoring 15 straight points to slam the door shut on the Warriors. Sacramento held Golden State to a dismal 0-for-12 shooting from the field, including 0-for-5 from beyond the arc, during the 15-0 flurry. Following Moore's monster jam with 41 seconds on the clock, the Kings were on top, 122-101.
After 12 minutes of action, the Warriors held a 31-29 edge.
The squads stayed close through the second stanza, and John Salmons hit a reverse layup as time expired to give the Kings a 61-57 advantage heading into the locker room.
In the third period, Sacramento surged, using a 20-7 scoring streak to open up a 23-point lead. By the time Miller drained a jumper with just over three minutes to play, the Kings had built a comfortable 97-74 cushion.
Sacramento took a 101-82 margin into the fourth quarter.
Golden State fell to 41-25 overall, while Sacramento improved to 31-36...The Warriors slipped to 18-15 on the road...The Kings climbed to 21-12 as the host...Sacramento was without Beno Udrih (strained lower back), Spencer Hawes (sprained left foot) and Kenny Thomas (sore right knee)...Jackson finished with nine points and six boards for Golden State...Though the Kings out- rebounded the Warriors, 48-43, Golden State cleaned up 16 offensive boards, compared to just 10 for Sacramento...The Warriors were held to 5-of-27 (18.5 percent) shooting from beyond the arc...The Kings converted a whopping 58 percent (47-of-81) attempts from the field.
03/19 02:25:42 ET