Warriors

Warriors

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OAKLAND – The greatest show in sports played without a cast member and still delivered a bravo performance Friday night at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors replaced the injured Harrison Barnes with Brandon Rush, who turned in his most impressive game in more than three years in a 120-101 thumping of the Sacramento Kings.

The Warriors pushed their record to 18-0, the only team in NBA history to achieve such a feat, while also winning their 22nd game in a row and 28th in a row at home.

Six Warriors scored in double figures, as Steph Curry totaled 19, Rush 16, Klay Thompson 15, with Draymond Green 13, Marreese Speights 12 and Festus Ezeli 11. Ezeli and Green each grabbed 11 rebounds, tying for the game high.

The Warriors fell behind early before charging back to take a lead at the end of the first quarter. They spent the rest of the night expanding the margin, beating the Kings (6-12) for the 10th consecutive time.

The Warriors outshot Sacramento 48.8 percent to 39.0 percent. The Warriors drilled 16-of-30 3-pointers, a 53.3-percent clip, to Sacramento’s 10-of-25 (40 percent).

STANDOUT PERFORMER

The honor for this night has to go to Rush, who had made one start over the past 123 games and had played a total of 83 minutes in the previous 17 games.

Rush scored his 16 points – in 14 minutes – 5-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Not to be overlooked, though, is Green’s performance. He submitted his second consecutive triple-double, becoming the first Warrior to do so since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964. Green added 12 assists and 11 rebounds to his points total.

 

TURNING POINT

Leading by 10 (56-46) at the half, the Warriors opened the second half with a 16-4 run to go up 72-50 and take complete command with 8:33 left in the third quarter.

Rush was the catalyst, scoring 11 of the 16 points during the deciding rally and putting in 14 for the quarter.

Once the lead reached 22, Sacramento never got closer than 20 over the remainder of the game.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Harrison Barnes (L ankle sprain) was listed as doubtful but declared out two hours prior to tipoff and placed on the inactive list. F Kevon Looney (hip surgery) also was on the inactive list.

Kings: F Caron Butler (L ankle sprain) was listed as probable but did not play. C DeMarcus Cousins (lower back strain) was listed as out and placed on the inactive list.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors leave Sunday for Salt Lake City, where on Monday night they face the Utah Jazz is the first of a seven-game road trip.