NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Sacramento|
(Monday, November 5th)
Final Score: Sacramento 94, Golden State 92
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Stephen Curry's final desperation heave
bounced off the back rim, and the Sacramento Kings held on to a 94-92 victory
over the Golden State Warriors at home to capture their first win of the
The Kings nearly squandered an eight-point lead with just over three minutes
to play, but Klay Thompson and Curry each missed go-ahead shots with less
than five seconds remaining to give the Kings a victory in their home opener.
DeMarcus Cousins paced all scorers with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Marcus
Thornton and Aaron Brooks scored 16 and 12, respectively, off the bench for
the Kings, who had lost their first three games.
"It feels good to get the first win," Cousins said.
Thompson scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed seven boards in the loss.
David Lee poured in 20 points and Curry added 12 points with eight assists.
"They had great looks. They executed and just made shots," Warriors coach Mark
Jackson said. "Like I told my guys, you don't win or lose the game on those
last shot attempts."
With under a minute to play, Andrew Bogut connected on a jump hook to bring
the Warriors within three. After Brooks missed at the other end, the Kings,
who were in the penalty, fouled Thompson, sending him to the line.
Thompson hit both free throws to cut the deficit to one with 31.3 seconds to
go and Cousins missed a shot in the paint falling away at the other end.
The Warriors got the rebound and called timeout with 10.9 seconds remaining
and had a chance to win the game.
Thompson caught the ball near the top of the key, dribbled to his right and
got a good look, but his shot hit the back rim. James Johnson got the rebound
for the Kings and was fouled, but hit just one of two free throws. The
Warriors got one final possession with 1.3 ticks left on the game clock, but
Curry's long 3-pointer bounced off the back rim, and the Kings escaped with
Golden State ran off a 9-0 run in the first quarter, highlighted by five
points from Thompson and a Lee alley-oop to Harrison Barnes. Lee converted two
free throws after being fouled two possessions later to give the Warriors an
eight-point edge with 3:42 remaining in the opening quarter.
But the Kings rallied to score 10 of the final 13 points of the period, with
Thornton scoring five before Cousins threw down a dunk, leaving the Kings
trailing just 22-21 at the end of the quarter.
Sacramento went on to grab a 52-44 halftime lead. Thornton added nine points
in the second, including seven straight to put the Kings on top 38-31 with
5:11 to go in the quarter.
Then, with less than a minute remaining, Jimmer Fredette drove to his left,
double-clutched a running jumper, and drained a shot while taking contact from
Curry. He knocked in the free throw to finish the three-point play before
hitting a jumper on their next possession to give the Kings an eight-point
advantage at the half.
Curry hit a triple with 8:42 to go in the third to tie the game, but
Sacramento went off for 16 straight points to take a 72-56 lead. Cousins
started the spurt with a layup before capping the surge with a jumper.
The Warriors trailed by double-digits the rest of the quarter until Jarrett
Jack hit a running jumper to cut the lead to nine with 24 seconds to go, but
Thornton drained a fadeaway as time expired to build the advantage back to 11
heading into the final frame.
In the Sacramento era, the Kings are 22-6 in home openers and have won 14 of
15, including the last seven ... Sacramento shot 45.7 percent from the field
while Golden State shot just 39.7 percent.
11/06 02:23:24 ET