Tonight’s matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings was much closer than one would have anticipated before they tipped off tonight. In a tight, back-and-forth battle between the two Western Conference teams, it was a battle of Golden State’s young, but seasoned backcourt verse Sacramento’s young and blossoming frontcourt.
For Golden State, it is a story line we have come to get used to by now. Steph Curry toyed with the Kings’ backcourt all night long, going for 36 points, 10 assists and three steals. He also knocked down five three-pointers on eight attempts. There were points in the game where fans almost could have felt bad for Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas. Forced to face off against a player far out of his league, he still managed 19 points, eight assists and two steals. He couldn’t do anything to stop Curry, though, and gave up the ball on seven occasions.
Meanwhile, Klay Thompson chimed in with his usual day at the office, shooting 8-for-11 behind the arc and dropping 28 points to offset any damage Marcus Thornton could do for the Kings. Thornton scored 21 points and added five threes of his own.
If it weren’t for foul trouble, DeMarcus Cousins may have been able to carry his team to a victory. In only 21 minutes, Cousins scored efficiently, missing only three shots on his way to 24 points and a plus-19 point differential for the evening. Patrick Patterson came off the bench to add 18 points on a perfect shooting night. While Andrew Bogut provided some relief, it was the Kings who owned the interior for the majority of the evening.
The spectacular frontcourt play wasn’t enough to overcome Golden State’s all-world guards. However, Sacramento has some young talent on their roster, but tonight was a display of just how far they have yet to come. Not that this is an indictment of Sacramento’s young talent, but they just didn’t have what it takes to matchup with Golden State tonight as the Warriors pulled out the close 115-113 victory behind the hot hands of Curry and Thompson.