Warriors overcome sloppiness, best Kings to get back in win column
SACRAMENTO -- The Warriors played a second consecutive dreadful game Saturday night, except this time they got away with it.
Despite 25 turnovers and countless mental errors at both ends, they pulled it together well enough for a 119-104 victory over the Kings at Golden 1 Center.
Kevin Durant scored 33 points to lead all scorers. Stephen Curry had 23, Klay Thompson 20, Draymond Green 13 and Nick Young 12 as the Warriors wiped away the memory of a 30-point loss Tuesday in Utah.
The Warriors (41-11) needed a whopping 51-33 rebounding edge to avenge a 110-106 loss to Sacramento earlier this season in Oakland.
On a night when the Warriors had a dreadful turnover party, Thompson remained mostly free of the madness.
Thompson’s line: 20 points (8-of-12 shooting from the field, including 3-of-7 from deep, 0-of-1 from the line), six rebounds, three assists and one turnover. He played 35 minutes and finished plus-15.
After the Kings trimmed the deficit to three, 62-59, on a De’Aaron Fox free throw with 10:11 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded with a 16-5 run, pushing their lead to 78-64 on a Curry 3-pointer with 5:23 left in the quarter.
The Warriors took an 84-75 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Kings rallied, getting as close as one, 89-88, with 7:55 remaining before the Warriors came back with with a 13-4 run and pulled away down the stretch.
Warriors: F Jordan Bell (L ankle inflammation), F Andre Iguodala (rest), G Shaun Livingston (personal reasons) F/C David West (rest) were listed as out.
Kings: F Harry Giles (Bi-lateral knee rehab), F Skal Labissiere (L shoulder strain) and G Frank Mason III (R plantar fascia partial tear) were listed as out.
The Warriors took a flight after the game to Denver, where on Saturday night they face the Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 5 o’clock, with tipoff scheduled for 6:05.