SACRAMENTO -- Overtime. The Sacramento Kings came into Saturday night’s matchup against the Golden State Warriors with a record of 1-4 on the season playing after regulation. They doubled that win total with a shocking 109-106 victory over the best team in basketball.
DeMarcus Cousins was up to his usual tricks. The All-Star big man dropped 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists on a Warriors frontline that had no answer. His dunk on JaVale McGee to end the half was unkind.
Darren Collison took a little while to get warm, but the veteran point guard found a way to hit 8-of-13 from the field on his way to 18 points and three assists. His two free throws in the final three seconds of the game sealed the deal for Sacramento.
Dave Joerger is onto something with the Ty Lawson/Willie Cauley-Stein pairing. Lawson didn’t put up gaudy numbers, but he ran the second unit well, finishing with seven points and four assists.
With Lawson breaking down the defense, Cauley-Stein cut to the rack, scoring 14 points on 7-for-12 shooting while grabbing four rebounds.
Matt Barnes chipped in 11 points, including a huge 3-ball in overtime and added 14 rebounds. Ben McLemore added 10 points in his second straight start, while Anthony Tolliver hit 3-of-3 from long range to finish with 11 points.
The Splash Brothers put on a show. Steph Curry started the long range aerial assault early and often, dropping in 35 points to lead the Warriors. The two-time reigning NBA MVP hit 8-for-14 from deep and added nine assists in the loss.
Klay Thompson used his size and strength to get in the lane and shoot over the smaller Kings guards. Thompson dropped in 10-for-25 from the field to finish the night with 26 points.
Draymond Green survived a scary moment in the first half where he banged his knee on a drive to the hoop. He returned to the game to score 16 points, grab eight rebounds and hand out six assists.
Durant struggled from the field, but still managed 10 points on 2-of-10 shooting.
Cousins, Curry, Thompson - pick your poison. The stars shined brightly at Golden 1 Center Saturday night in a very entertaining 53 minutes of basketball.
Sacramento jumped out to a quick seven-point lead in the overtime session, but it almost wasn’t enough. Cousins let a rebound roll off his fingers with 6.2 seconds remaining to keep the Warriors alive, but Curry missed a bunny in the lane and Green bricked a 3-ball to tie, allowing the Kings to hold on for the huge win and snap their 13-game losing streak to the W’s.
Garrett Temple is out until after the All-Star break with a torn left hamstring. Omri Casspi missed his 12th straight contest with a right plantaris tendon strain and according to Dave Joerger, he is out until after the All-Star break as well. Rudy Gay is done for the season with a torn left Achilles.
The Kings return to Golden 1 Center Monday night to take on the Chicago Bulls in game three of their six-game homestand.