The Kings’ early magic is gone. With the Warriors playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Kings came out lethargic and got blown out Monday night at Chase Center.
In a wire-to-wire win, the Warriors were a step ahead of the Kings from the jump. Sacramento never found its range and lost big, 137-106.
Fresh off a career-best 62-point performance Sunday, Stephen Curry ran over the Kings for 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Kelly Oubre Jr. found his stroke from long range and Draymond Green orchestrated the Warriors' defense.
Here are three takeaways as the Kings lost their third straight game to fall to 3-4 on the season.
What happened to the Kings’ ball movement? In a trend that started over the weekend against the Houston Rockets, Sacramento shifted into hero mode early and Golden State gummed everything up.
The Kings shot just 37.8 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from 3-point land. They missed shots, but the biggest culprit was a lack of ball movement. Sacramento finished the game with 20 assists and 14 turnovers.
It’s early in the season, but something is broken and coach Luke Walton quickly needs to figure it out.
Barnes, Fox only bright spots
De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes' frustration was obvious. Fox was the Kings’ only offense early. Barnes found his game in the second quarter.
Fox finished the night with 18 points, seven assists and three steals. Barnes shook off the slow start to chip in 18 points and nine rebounds.
In the Kings' ugliest game of the season so far, these two were the only standouts.
Out of control
Marvin Bagley is struggling, and the off-court drama isn’t helping. Sacramento’s prized young big man played out of control on both ends of the court and had one of his worst games as a pro.
Bagley routinely forced the action in the post. He missed his first six shot attempts and picked up offensive fouls trying to go through Green, an All-NBA defender.
On the defensive end, the Warriors flat out picked on the Kings’ starting power forward. They caught him in switches, abused him on the perimeter and beat him off the dribble.
Bagley finished with five points and nine rebounds in just over 24 minutes. Effort wasn’t an issue, but he was clearly trying too hard and it hurt the team.