Scary injury overshadows Kings' loss to Warriors
SEASON SERIES SPLIT
SACRAMENTO -- In a game marred by a scary injury to Patrick McCaw, the Golden State Warriors pulled away in the third quarter to defeat the Sacramento Kings by a final of 112-96 Saturday evening at Golden 1 Center.
Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson put on a show for Golden State. The star duo combined to drop 52 points on Sacramento as the Warriors thumped the home team to pick up their 55th win of the season.
The young backcourt of De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic held their own for Sacramento and Buddy Hield added the firepower off the bench, but it wasn’t enough to avoid falling to 24-53 on the season.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Kevin Durant is good. The nine-time All-Star quietly dropped in 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Warriors win. He’s playing himself back into shape after missing six games with a rib injury.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Earlier this month Quinn Cook torched De’Aaron Fox for 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Saturday night at Golden 1, it was Fox’s turn to get even. The Kings’ rookie point guard went into attack mode early, scoring 13 of his 15 points before the intermission. He added eight assists, three rebounds, two blocks and a steal while holding Cook under wraps for most of the evening.
The Warriors outscored the Kings 36-20 in the third quarter to take a commanding 24-point lead into the fourth quarter. They coasted home from there.
McCaw took a big fall on a dunk attempt with 41.8 remaining in the third quarter and left the court on a stretcher. He was transported to UC Davis Hospital for evaluation and there was no further update on his condition as the finish of the game.
Garrett Temple (left ankle sprain) missed his fifth straight game. Zach Randolph was a way from the team attending an important family event and will rejoin the Kings Sunday in Los Angeles. Iman Shumpert has yet to suit up for Sacramento due to knee rehab and plantar fasciitis. Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings hit the road for four games beginning Easter Sunday in Los Angeles against the Lakers. They’ll make stops in Phoenix, Memphis and San Antonio before returning home to face the Houston Rockets in the season finale.