Instant Replay: Warriors crush Kings, sweep season series

Instant Replay: Warriors crush Kings, sweep season series
April 4, 2014, 9:30 pm
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Jermaine O'Neal and the Warriors had their way with DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings on Friday night. (AP)


OAKLAND – The Warriors punished the Kings from the opening tipoff Friday night, rolling to 102-69 win before the 76th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors (47-29) led by as much as 42 points in completing their first season-series sweep of Sacramento since 1991-92. The Kings (27-49) got no closer than 29 in the second half.

Shooting guard Klay Thompson scored 21 points to lead six Warriors in double figures. Fellow starters Stephen Curry and Jermaine O'Neal each finished with 13, Draymond Green with 10 (and 10 rebounds).

Harrison Barnes led the reserves with 16 points. Marreese Speights added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Jordan Crawford put in 11. The starters sat for much of the third quarter and all of the fourth.

The Warriors outrebounded Sacamento 58-44, and outshot them 44.7 percent to 32.1 percent.

As lopsided as the score was, this was not the Warriors' largest margin of victory over the Kings. Not even close. They posted a 153-91 win over Sacramento in 1991.

Andre Iguodala, who was a game-time decision due to right knee tendinitis, started but played only 17 minutes. He finished with 4 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals. Starting center Andrew Bogut and starting power forward David Lee did not play at all.

The Kings, sloppy from the start and generally uninspired throughout, were led by center DeMarcus Cousins, who finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

This one was one big party, everybody in the pool. Thompson gets the honor for scoring 21 points in 24 minutes.

The Warriors opened the game by racing out to a 19-6 lead with 3:14 left in the first quarter and maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.

The Kings committed nine turnovers in the first quarter, shooting 18.8 percent. They shot 17.9 percent for the half.

Curry and Thompson became the first pair of teammates to make at least 200 3-pointers in back-to-back seasons.

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, the former Cal and NBA star, attended the game but left at halftime.

SF Andre Iguodala (right knee tendinitis) returned to the lineup but will be game-to-game for the remainder of the season. C Andrew Bogut (pelvis/groin contusion), PF David Lee (right hamstring strain) and C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery rehab) are out indefinitely.

The Warriors on Sunday face the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena, 6 p.m. tipoff. The Warriors won the first three meetings, one in Oakland and two in Salt Lake City, and are seeking a series sweep over the Jazz for the first time ever.

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