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Sunday, December 1st
(All times Eastern)
Golden State Warriors (9-8) at Sacramento Kings (4-10), 6 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors try to close out their four-
game road trip on a high note when they visit the Sacramento Kings Sunday.
After opening the journey with a win at New Orleans, the Warriors have dropped
consecutive games to Dallas and Oklahoma City. Friday's 113-112 overtime loss
to the Thunder was a tough one, as Russell Westbrook buried the go-ahead 3-
pointer with 0.1 seconds to go in the extra session.
Westbrook scored a season-high 34 points on 10-of-25 shooting.
"Russell wanted the ball more than anyone else on the floor tonight. He had
great will, made a big play and we didn't go get the basketball. It's tough,
it's very tough," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said.
Oklahoma City has won six straight since Andre Iguodala's fadeaway jumper at
the buzzer lifted Golden State past the Thunder, 116-115, on Nov. 14.
Steph Curry finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds (career-high-tying) and five
assists in the recent loss, while Harrison Barnes tied career-highs in points
(26) and field goals made (10) on 15 attempts.
Golden State has lost two in a row and five if six games since a four-game
winning streak and will host Toronto in Oakland on Tuesday. The Warriors, who
have a 4-6 record as the visitor, are the only team in the NBA with three
players averaging at least 17 ppg (Klay Thompson, Curry, David Lee).
The Kings have lost three in a row, including consecutive defeats at the hands
of both the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers. In Friday's 104-98 overtime loss
to the Chris Paul-less Clippers, DeMarcus Cousins tallied 25 points, nine
rebounds and six assists for Sacramento.
Ben McLemore and John Salmons scored 14 points apiece, while Derrick Williams
netted 12 in his Kings' debut. Williams was acquired from Minnesota on Nov. 26
in exchange for Luc Mbah a Moute. With Paul out, the Kings couldn't stop Jamal
Crawford, who paced the Clips with 31 points and 11 assists off the bench. The
Kings erased a 94-89 deficit with 1:51 left to force overtime, but L.A. used a
10-0 run in the extra period to claim victory.
Crawford had four points in the decisive run.
"With Chris Paul out, I knew it was going to be (Crawford's) green light to
take over the game," Kings coach Mike Malone said. "He's a beast. He's done
that his whole career."
Isaiah Thomas scored five points in the loss and has registered a total of 14
points in the last two games after averaging 19.3 ppg in the previous six.
Malone's squad is playing the second of four straight in California's capital
on Sunday and is in the midst of playing six of seven games at Sleep Train
Arena. Sacramento is 3-6 as the host this season and has to play better on
defense, as opponents have scored 100-plus points in the last five (103.4).
In the previous four games, the Kings held opposing teams to 94.0 ppg.
The Kings suffered a 98-87 loss at Golden State on Nov. 2. Golden State has
lost two straight and four of its last five games in Sacramento.
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