What we learned as Warriors stunned by Kings, eliminated from IST originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
The Warriors on Tuesday night at Golden 1 Center lost both the battle and the war, falling 124-123 to the Kings to be eliminated from the NBA In-Season Tournament. Golden State had to win by at least 12 points to advance to the quarterfinals of the In-Season Tournament and appeared to be on their way in doing so, until falling on their face in the second half.
This was a loss where the Warriors led by 17 points at halftime and once held a 24-point advantage.
Steph Curry (29 points), Andrew Wiggins (29 points) and Klay Thompson (20 points) combined to score 78 points, yet the Warriors’ sloppiness was their ultimate downfall. They committed 20 turnovers, which turned into 26 points for the Kings. They also were called for 31 fouls, and the Kings made 27 of their 42 free throw attempts.
Sacramento shot 20 free throws in the third quarter alone.
Say what you will about the In-Season Tournament, but the intensity between two Northern California rivals was felt for all 48 minutes. When the NBA is asked why they added the tournament, they can point to all four quarters of the Warriors and Kings duking it out.
Here are three takeaways from the Warriors falling to 8-10 on the season.
Welcome back, Draymond
Whether it was the Warriors’ defense or pushing the pace offensively, Green’s impact in his return was felt from the start. The Warriors led by eight points after the first quarter, and Green was a plus-10, largely thanks to his two assists and two blocked shots.
The second quarter was where Green’s flavor was felt in an arena where he’s showered with boos, letting the Kings’ bench know he’s back after hitting his second 3-pointer of the night.
Green all night long looked like … well, himself. He defended fastbreaks by himself, protected the basket, was all over the floor and didn’t appear to skip a beat missing the last two weeks. Green finished with eight points, six rebounds and three assists, but also four fouls and four turnovers. And he had all of Sacramento screaming at him, exactly how he…
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Publish date : 2023-11-29 06:49:24
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