Instant Replay: Warriors wake up in second half, rally past Kings

Instant Replay: Warriors wake up in second half, rally past Kings


SACRAMENTO -- Bouncing back from their most alarming loss of the season, the Warriors made their debut at Golden 1 Center a successful one Sunday with a 117-106 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Though the Warriors (32-6) started slowly, trailing by as much as 16 in the first half, they recovered with a strong third quarter to beat their Northern California neighbors for the 13th consecutive time.

Veteran forward Rudy Gay led the Kings with 23 points, 15 of which came in the opening quarter. Sacramento (15-22) lost for the fifth time in six games.

On a night when wealth was spread fairly evenly, all five starters share the honor.

Durant’s line: 28 points (9-of-15 shooting, including 2-of-4 from deep, 8-of-9 from the line), seven rebounds, six assists and four blocks. He played 36 minutes and finished plus-6.

Draymond Green’s line: 9 points (4-of-9, 1-of-4 from deep), 10 assists and seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He played 32 minutes and finished plus-21.

Pachulia’s line: 10 points (4-of-5, 2-of-2 from the line), seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. He played 22 minutes and finished plus-15.

Thompson’s line: 18 points (8-of-19 shooting, 1-of-7, 1-of-2), six rebounds and two assists. He played 36 minutes and was plus-18.

Curry’s line: 30 points (11-of-21, 5-of-11, 3-of-3), six assists and four rebounds. He played 37 minutes and was plus-14.

Trailing 64-55 with 10:38 left in the third quarter, the Warriors used strong defense and transition baskets to fashion a 22-3 run, for a 77-67 lead with 5:32 remaining in the quarter.

Scoring was evenly distributed during the rally, Thompson scoring 6 points and Durant and Curry 5 each.

The Warriors outscored the Kings 39-22 in the third quarter, during which they held Sacramento to 31.3-percent shooting from the field.

The Kings got no closer than eight in the fourth quarter.

Warriors: No injuries were listed. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the Development League.

Kings: F Rudy Gay (R hip flexor strain) was listed as probable, upgraded to available and entered the starting lineup.

The Warriors return to Oracle Arena on Tuesday night, when they will face the Miami Heat. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30.


Warriors as healthy as ever while playing waiting game for next opponent

Warriors as healthy as ever while playing waiting game for next opponent

OAKLAND -- Now that the Warriors have gone through a full-squad scrimmage for the first time in three weeks, there is only one issue to be resolved before they get back to the business of the playoffs.

Whom to play? And when?

As of Friday afternoon, the Warriors had no idea of either.

They will face the winner of the Clippers-Jazz first-round series, in which Utah took a 3-2 lead into Game 6 Friday night in Salt Lake City.

“Why are we talking about Utah like the Clippers are done?” Draymond Green wondered after fielding several Jazz-related questions after scrimmaging.

Well, because the Jazz won Games 4 and 5 and is favored to win Game 6 at home. If they win, they’ll come into Oracle Arena Sunday afternoon to meet the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

If the Clippers win Game 6 to even the series, those teams will meet for Game 7 Sunday in Los Angeles, with the winner advancing to face the Warriors in Game 1 of the conference semifinals next Tuesday night in Oakland.

In any case, the Warriors appear about as healthy has they have been at any time since February.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, out with a finger/hand injury since Game 1 (April 16) of the first-round series against Portland, participated in the scrimmage, as did veteran forward Matt Barnes, who last played on April 8, when he sustained a bone bruise atop his right foot.

“They practiced today and they even went through the scrimmage,” acting head coach Mike Brown said. “But we’ll wait for our training staff to clear them, after they see how they feel today and (Saturday).”

In short, if swelling is minimal, both will be available for Game 1, regardless of when.

So, too, will Kevin Durant. After a strained left calf kept him out of Games 2 and 3 against the Trail Blazers, he started and played 20 minutes in decisive Game 4 without any ill effects.

Nothing changed during the scrimmage Friday.

“It felt great out there,” he said. “Nothing bothered me. It was definitely good. I’m just trying to hopefully put that injury stuff behind.”

Durant conceded that he continues to receive treatment and ice, but mostly to minimize potential swelling.

Durant makes plea to NBA officials: 'S--- talking is part of the game'

Durant makes plea to NBA officials: 'S--- talking is part of the game'

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant wishes more NBA officials had a better grasp of the language of the game.

They don’t seem to understand that “trash talk” almost always is little more than an act in which healthy emotions are released. It’s as much of the game on the court as pointing out a bad haircut or a fashion error in the locker room.

“I was raised that if you weren’t talking on the court, then something (bad) is going on,” Durant said after Warriors practice on Friday.

Durant caught a glimpse of the chatter earlier this week between former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook and Houston guard Patrick Beverley in decisive Game 5 of the Thunder-Rockets series and was disappointed when the officials slapped each with a technical foul.

“I was like, ‘Man, just play on. It’s a part of the game,’” Durant said.

Though Durant himself is not a premier trash-talker, he plays alongside one in fellow forward Draymond Green.

“That’s why we started playing, to talk a little s--- here and there,” said Durant, who grew up in the Washington D.C. area. “Draymond is really good at it. There are a lot of guys in the league that are good. More guys are quiet now than before.

“But s--- talking is a part of the game. I love it. It’s fun when you’re on the same team as a guy that does it. And then, when you’re playing against it, it’s even better because it brings the best out of you.”

For Durant, there always will be a place for trash talk on the court. Not only did he experience it while growing up but he also was indoctrinated in the practice from the moment he arrived in the NBA in 2007.

He recalls, with fondness, being targeted as a rookie by Kevin Garnett and a few other Celtics.

“When I came into the league, that’s when the Celtics had just got together,” Durant said. “Paul Pierce and KG and those guys talked bad to me as a rookie. I was 19. And they talked so bad to me. And I was talking right back. It was just a fun exchange. That’s what basketball is about.”

Now if only he could get officials to realize this.