Stephen Curry started a party on Sunday. It bumped into Monday because neither he nor the rest of the Warriors were ready for it to end.
The Warriors delivered their second consecutive impressive performance and came away with their second decisive win in two nights, this one a 137-106 thumping of the Sacramento Kings at Chase Center that moved Golden State above .500 for the first time this season.
Despite playing 24 hours earlier, the Warriors looked like the fresher team. Perhaps it was the power of inspiration, but they outran and outhustled Sacramento throughout.
Curry followed up his career-high 62-point performance by scoring 30 points, shooting 9-of-18 from the field, including 5-of-12 from distance. Moreover, he also showcased other aspects of his game, totaling nine rebounds and eight assists.
Here are three takeaways from the game that made the Warriors double winners in their first back-to-back set of the season:
Return of the dimes
The Warriors during their championship years had several identifying characteristics, one of them being beautiful ball movement. It reappeared in this game.
Averaging 21.3 assists per game coming in, they recorded 19 in the first half and finished with 41, shattering their previous season-high of 26. With ball-handlers on the lookout, players were cutting with authority and being rewarded.
It was communal. Though Green and Curry (eight), Green (five) and Wiggins (five) were primary contributors, five others also delivered at least three.
Green’s return has brought a new level of ball-sharing that, in this instance, was reminiscent of the old days. Can the Warriors make this a trend?
Masters of the arc
It wasn’t long ago that the 3-point arc was toxic for the Warriors. They got sick every time they shot, which is how they ended up shooting 31.7 through the first six games.
They mastered that domain on Monday, shooting 53.5 percent (23-of-43) from distance.
Ten different Warriors were involved in the splashing. In addition to Curry’s five, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Mychal Mulder each drained four.
The Warriors were never as bad as they were at the start. They’re not going to be as good as they were in this game.
But for one night, though, they blew that once-challenging line off the floor.
Here comes Junior
For six games, Oubre labored through a dreadful shooting slump, most visible in his 2-of-30 shooting from beyond the arc. He looked nothing like the guy who last season shot 35.2 percent from deep.
Consider the slump busted, as Oubre scored a season-high 18 points, shooting 6-of-13 overall – and 4-of-6 beyond the arc. This is the player the Warriors extended their payroll – and luxury tax bill – to acquire and place in the starting lineup.
For good measure, Oubre continued his solid defense, doing a terrific job containing Sacramento point guard De’Aaron Fox, who scored 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field.