The most important thing that happened to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night wasn’t that they beat the Kings 117-106 at the new Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, it was that the win officially puts Friday’s epic collapse to Memphis in the past.
The Warriors overcame a sluggish first half — one in which they got down 16 points — by using a monster third quarter and an overall solid second half. If you’re looking for the stat of the day, how about this on that continues: The Warriors have now played in 124 consecutive games with out losing two in a row.
On “Warriors WrapUp” we talked about what kind of effort the Warriors played with in the first half; how Stephen Curry is being more aggressive; DeMarcus Cousins playing his best in the first quarter, then fizzling after that; the direction of the Kings, and more.
–One of the unsung players for the Warriors was center Zaza Pachulia, who did a wonderful defensive job against Cousins. After watching Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph dominate the Warriors inside on Friday, it was scary to think what Cousins might do. But after a quick start, Cousins was no factor against the Warriors. He finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but Cousins shot just 4-for-11 from the field and committed a game-high seven turnovers.
–Warriors coach Steve Kerr took the quickest timeout in the NBA this season — after just 18 seconds. He called the timeout after Cousins spun baseline and got an easy lay-in to start the game. Kerr called timeout because the Warriors had discussed exactly how they were going to play that situation — come with a double-team from the baseline — and it’s precisely what they didn’t do.
–There’s no doubt Curry is being more aggressive. He’s led the team in field goal attempts in each of the past three games and he was tied for the team lead in the game before that. In other words, he’s letting it go. Curry has taken 93 shots over the past four games, including a 27-attempt game against Memphis.
–If you’re a Sacramento Kings fan, you’ve got to wonder about where this team is going. Your team is 15-22, and yet three of your youngest players — Willie Cauley-Stein, Ben McLemore and Malachi Richardson — didn’t get in tonight’s game. Meanwhile veterans Anthony Tolliver, Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes, Rudy Gay, Ty Lawson, etc. are holding down the fort.