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Warriors takeaways: What we learned from 141-102 win over Spurs

Warriors takeaways: What we learned from 141-102 win over Spurs

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OAKLAND -- After a tight first quarter, the Warriors ran a basketball clinic on the San Antonio Spurs and cruised to a 141-102 victory Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

Six players scored in double figures, led by Klay Thompson (26 points) and Kevin Durant (23) as the Warriors moved to 38-15 and a 1.5-game lead over the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference.

The game was never in doubt after Warriors throwback unit, the “Hamptons 5” -- Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green, Thompson and Durant -- went on a 13-2 run over the final 2:50 of the first half to give the Warriors a 66-52 advantage.

Here are three takeaways from the victory, the fourth time this season the Warriors have won by at least 30 points -- all in the past four weeks:

Durant sends a message

Durant, who has been verbally quieter than at any time in his Warriors career, spoke loudly with his game from the start, making his first six shots and scoring 15 points in the first quarter.

He was more physically demonstrative than he has been of late and submitted his most efficient shooting game since Dec. 3 at Atlanta

Durant’s 23 points came on 9-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-4 from deep while going 2-of-2 from the line. He played 29 minutes, recorded nine assists, eight rebounds, three steals and finished plus-28.

If he was out to prove a point -- that his demeanor is not an issue, as the Warriors have been contending -- he was a rousing success.

Boogie’s Night, Part VIII

In his eighth game since returning Jan. 18, Cousins continued to show progress, scoring 15 points (3-of-6 from the field, 0-of-2 from beyond the arc), grabbing six rebounds, handing out three assists and blocking two shots.

Cousins played only 17 minutes -- the Warriors took a 32-point lead into the fourth quarter -- and finished plus-8.

Cousins took another hard fall, after which he was limping slightly. He remained in the game, however.

Iguodala’s massive impact

One of the most reliable barometers of how the Warriors are playing is the effectiveness of Iguodala. He was highly, highly effective at both ends on Wednesday.

Iguodala scored 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 1-of-3 from beyond the arc. He added six rebounds, four assists and, by rough estimate, about eight "hockey assists". He played 19 minutes and finished a whopping plus-36.

Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors have made a habit of beating the Kings in recent years, but that trend could change Sunday afternoon as the two teams match up for the first time this season.

Entering Sunday's game, the Warriors have won the last five meetings, sweeping last year’s season series. However, the Kings (11-14) are the team with postseason aspirations, while the Warriors (5-22) are NBA draft lottery-bound with most of their All-Stars out injured. 

[RELATED: How to watch Warriors vs. Kings online, on TV]

Before the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave an update on Eric Paschall's status.

Coverage begins on NBC Sports Bay Area at 4:30 p.m. and tipoff is scheduled for 5:40. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS 

Warriors
F TBA
F Draymond Green
C WIllie Cauley-Stein
G D'Angelo Russell
G Glenn Robinson III

Kings
G Cory Joseph
G Buddy Hield
C Richaun Holmes
F Nemanja Bjelica
F Harrison Barnes

INJURY REPORT

Kings: Kyle Guy (G League assignment) and DaQuan Jeffries (G League assignment) are out. De'Aaron Fox (left ankle sprain) is doubtful. 

Warriors: Ky Bowman (G League assignment), Stephen Curry (left-hand fracture), Alen Smailagic (G League assignment, Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation) and Eric Paschall (left hip soreness) are out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: D'Angelo Russell will play against Luke Walton -- his former coach with the Los Angeles Lakers -- on Sunday afternoon, and Russell is building a healthy résumé. In 15 games, he's averaging 22.4 points and 6.1 assists, leading the battered Warriors in scoring. Alec Burks has scored in double figures in his last nine appearances. However, the Warriors defense still needs work, as Golden State is giving up 114.2 points per game. Former King Willie Cauley-Stein should get the start against his former team, something he seems excited about. 

Kings: Sharpshooter Buddy Hield is coming off one of his best games of the season, scoring 34 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against the New York Knicks on Friday evening. Over his last 10 games, Hield is averaging 26.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Despite losing Fox to an ankle injury last month, the Kings have inched into the postseason picture and entered Sunday seventh in the Western Conference. However, the Kings haven't won a game against the Warriors on the road since March 2018. 

OFFICIALS: Josh Tiven (No. 58, crew chief), Bill Kennedy (No. 55), Derek Richardson (No. 63) 

Warriors vs. Kings live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

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Warriors vs. Kings live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

It'll be a battle of the Northern California teams as the Warriors host the Kings in San Francisco on MyTeams Day.

The Warriors hope to turn things around while they hold the worst record in the NBA. Perhaps a "turnaround" is overzealous and is not the right term, but something needs to change. 

On the other side of the ball, the Kings are coming off a tough loss to the Knicks on Friday which stopped a three-game winning streak.

The MyTeams festivities are extra special on Sunday with the Holiday Edition and the team is ready:

When: Sunday, Dec. 15, at 5:30 p.m. PT -- pregame coverage begins at 4:30 p.m.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live Stream: MyTeams App