KXSF Sports: Warriors vs Kings (2/25/20)

Written by on February 25, 2020

Game Recap:

The Warriors fall 112-94 versus the Sacramento Kings. Tonight’s Sacramento victory marks the first time the Kings have won a season series victory over the Dubs since the 2012-13 season. The prior two losses this season saw the Warriors lose by an average of 17 points. In the last meeting (Dec. 15th), the Dubs struggled mightily from beyond the arc, starting 0 for 17 and not making a single three in the entire first half. Tonight was no different, as the Dubs entered the 4th quarter with only two made three’s and finished with a measly 14.3% from deep. Despite not scoring more than 100 points, six Warriors (all five starters + Ky Bowman) scored 10 or more points. Chriss led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds, marking his second 20-point game of the season (11th career). Wiggins finished with 16 points and no personal fouls while Damion Lee added 14 points including 3 three’s. On the Kings side, former Warrior Harrison Barnes started quickly and ended with 21 points, while De’Aaron Fox also had 21 points along with 5 assists.

The Warriors will finish off the homestand against LeBron, AD, and the Lakers on Thursday.

Coach Quote: “The turnovers killed us right away” – HC Steve Kerr on playing from behind early.

Live In-Game Notes:

1st Quarter:

  • Warriors keeping pace, down only three with 6:55 left in the first.
  • Dubs welcome back Festus Ezeli, who’s sitting courtside with Joe Lacob.
  • Crazy but true – At the 5:22 mark, the Warriors are shooting 100% (5/5) from all non-three point attempts, but are 0% (0/3) from beyond the arc. *shrug*
  • De’Aaron Fox heading back to the locker room.
  • All inactive team tonight: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyle Guy, Marvin Bagley III, Ruchaun Holmes (6th man = Draymond Green) — Do they make the playoffs?
  • Kings 33, Warriors 22
    • Wiggins – 8 points, Chriss – 7 points
    • Barnes – 14 points, Bogdanovic – 8 points

2nd Quarter

  • Former Dub Harrison Barnes already at 14 points tonight.
  • Every Dub had a negative +/- after the 1st quarter, while every King had a positive +/-
  • Chriss just airball’ed a three – I miss Curry😓
  • Alex Len is 7 feet tall and it shows. The dude is a massive unit out there.
  • Loudest moment in Chase so far: fan makes one-handed underhand three-pointer to win some on-court contest. Was surprisingly accurate on his shots, all hit the rim
  • Dragan Bender has reached 100 career offensive rebounds.
  • Golden State is just 1/11 (9.1%) from beyond the arc. Not a good look.
  • Amazing pass from Bender leads to alley-oop for Chriss, 40-29, Kings
  • The Kings are shooting 45.5% from the free-throw line, yet the Kings have more made FT’s than the Dubs have three’s
  • Wiggins breaks double-digit points, but Warriors down 52-39
  • Bring back Thunder (the Mascot) and name him Lightning — who says no?
  • Halftime: Kings 55, Warriors 43

3rd Quarter

  • Damion Lee: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Nevermind, Lee just hit a three and snagged another board — 5 points, 3 rebounds
  • Chriss with another spectacular alley-oop dunk – Sac 63, GSW 56
    • His favorite is movie is Bad Boys 2 and his favorite TV Show is Family Guy, via Full Court Press presented by realtor.com on the Jumbotron.
  • Wiggins at 14 points, no rebounds. Chriss at 19 points, 8 rebounds.
  • Dubs are shooting just 10% (2/20) from beyond the arc, but its only a five-point game with 3:21 left in the 3rd
  • If I had a dollar for every three the Warriors made so far, I’d have two dollars.
  • Kings 81, Warriors 73
    • Chriss – 21 points, Wiggins – 14 points
    • Barnes – 19 points, Bogdanovic – 15 points

4th Quarter

  • The Walmart Parachute Drop was fun
  • Nemanja Bjelica: 22 minutes, 1 point
  • The Kings have now made 10+ threes in every game they’ve played in the month of February.
  • What looked like a winnable game five minutes ago, is now a 13 point deficit.
  • Damion Lee just knocked down the Warriors third three tonight. Then he makes another – doubling the Dubs three total in a matter of seconds.
  • Dubs down 101 to 90 with 3:33 left — they’re still shooting just 16.0% from beyond the arc.
  • Buddy with the circus three, Harry Giles celebrates by sliding on the floor in front of the bench, receives a technical

FINAL: Kings 112, Warriors 94

Game Preview:

The Warriors (12-45) take on the Sacramento Kings (23-33) in the Battle for NorCal tonight at 7:30 in Chase Center. The Dubs are in the midst of a six-game losing streak, including losing their first two games of the current homestand. Despite the rough stretch, the young players continue to step up. Jordan Poole is averaging 16.2 points per game over the span of his last six contests; the span also includes the longest double-figure scoring streak in his career – scoring 10 or more in every game over that span. In addition, Damion Lee (22 points, 10th career outing of 20 or more) and Juan Toscano-Anderson (16 points and 8 rebounds, both career highs) had career-high nights in the 115-101 loss against Zion and co. Despite Andrew Wiggins’ poor performance against the Pelicans on Sunday (8 points on 3 of 16 shooting), Wiggins is still averaging 19.8 ppg through four games as a Warrior and grabbing a season high tying mark of 10 rebounds vs. New Orleans.

INJURY — Both Marquese Chriss (left calf soreness) and Draymond Green (right pelvic contusion) remain questionable for tonight, both missed last game due to the injury. UPDATE: Draymond (right pelvic contusion) is out and Marquese Chriss (left calf soreness) is probable.

TWITTER — The official Twitter hashtag for tonight’s game will be #SACvsGSW

TIP OFF — 7:40 pm Pacific

WARRIORS POSTER SERIES — Tonight’s artist, Muzae Sesay, is a painter and muralist based in Oakland. His three-dimensional landscapes are featured at Facebook, SF MOMA and solo exhibitions at SOMArts. The Warriors Poster Series supports educational justice for students throughout the Bay Area. The Warriors work with Bay Area artists to design and produce thematic posters throughout the season.

WHY THE WARRIORS WILL WIN — Golden State has 10 wins in its last 13 home games vs. Sacramento, and a collective 21 of their last 26 games vs. the Kings.

COACH QUOTE — “That is the hope. I think we are going to re-evaluate him on Saturday, so he won’t come back before that date. I know he’s had that date in his mind and he’ll continue to work this week and then we’ll make that determination on Saturday whether he will play or not on Sunday.” -Kerr on if he thinks Stephen Curry might be able to play in Sunday’s game

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