Warriors finish strong to beat Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- This time, the Golden State Warriors finished with far more of a flourish.
The Warriors (32-6), losers after putting up a 24-point lead in their previous contest, overcame a lethargic first half thanks to 17 second-half points from Stephen Curry and beat the Sacramento Kings 117-106 on Sunday night at the Golden 1 Center.
Curry finished with 30, and Kevin Durant added 28, as Golden State avoided back-to-back losses. The Warriors have played 124 straight contests without losing consecutively, the longest streak in NBA history.
Klay Thompson finished with 18 points, and Zaza Pachulia scored 10, and the Warriors beat the Kings for the 13th straight time. Draymond Green contributed nine points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
Golden State found the range after a quiet first two quarters in which they shot 46 percent from the field, including 3-for-14 (21 percent) 3-point land.
Curry got rolling after halftime, knocking down five of seven shots including two of three from beyond the arc, and the Warriors blitzed Sacramento with a 39-point quarter. Overall, the Warriors made 15 of 25 shots in the third quarter, made half of their 3-point shots and started the third quarter with a 33-14 run to turn a seven-point deficit of the break into a 12-point lead.
Rudy Gay, playing in only his second game since missing nine of 10 because of a hip flexor, scored a game-high 23 points for Sacramento, but the Kings (15-22) lost the first three on a season-high seven-game homestand, and welcome the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento's leading scorer, got into foul trouble early, and finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. Anthony Tolliver, receiving a rare start, scored 16, Garrett Temple had 14 and Darren Collison added 14 for the Kings.
Sacramento jumped on Golden State early. Gay scored 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting in the opening period, and the Kings made 13 of 24 shots in the first 12 minutes to build a 33-24 lead.
The contest was the only road contest for the Warriors over a stretch of 10 games. Golden State plays its next four at home.
NOTES: The NBA streamed the Golden State-Sacramento game on Facebook Live to its audience in India, the first contest to be live-streamed through social media in the league's history. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive grew up in the country. ... Warriors F Kevin Durant turned his supposed rift with F Draymond Green into a non-item when he said he agreed with Green's rant at him along the sidelines during a timeout in an overtime loss at home to Memphis. But the band Smash Mouth may still have a problem with Green. The band, which called out Green's tongue-lashing of Durant in a series of Twitter posts on Saturday, kept silent on the subject Sunday. ... Kings coach Dave Joerger inserted G Anthony Tolliver into the starting lineup for only the second time this season, and broke up the guard combination of Ty Lawson and Darren Collison that started the previous contest. Joerger has used 10 starting lineups this season. ... The Warriors' 12-game winning streak against the Kings before Sunday was the longest streak for one team in the series between Northern California rivals since the Kings won 15 in a row from 1999-2003.