Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
The Kings almost squander a late lead, but prevail as Steph Curry's last second three catches the back iron.
The Sacramento Kings rode an excellent 2nd and 3rd quarter, and then held on for dear life as they squeaked by the Golden State Warriors 94-92 in front of an announced opening night capacity crowd of 17,317 at Sleep Train Arena. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 23 points and 15 rebounds, adding 2 blocks and 2 steals. Aaron Brooks carried the Kings in the 4th quarter, scoring 9 of his 12 points. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 22 points and 7 rebounds.
The Kings got off to a rough start, turning the ball over on their first two possessions and four times in the first four minutes. The Kings then turned the ball over only four times in the next 32 minutes, before committing five turnovers in the 4th quarter. Sacramento saw a 16 point second half lead dwindle to just 1, but the Warriors were unable to convert on two game-winning attempts. Klay Thompson's first attempt with 4 seconds left missed, and James Johnson made 1 of 2 free throws to make it a two point game with 1.3 seconds left. Golden State managed to get the ball to Stephen Curry, but his 30 foot three point attempt as the buzzer expired missed.
While the offense continued to sputter for prolonged stretches, the defensive effort remained solid throughout, holding the Warriors to under 40% field goal shooting.
Full recap coming later from Aykis16, who was in attendance at tonight's game.
|Final - 11.5.2012||1||2||3||4||Total|
|Golden State Warriors||22||22||20||28||92|