Warriors Defeat The Kings For A 3-2 Series

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Warriors Defeat The Kings For A 3-2 Series

The Golden State Warriors won the first road game of their series against Sacramento Kings, defeating the Kings 123-116 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Stephen Curry had 31 points, and Draymond Green had his highest-scoring game in over five years. Both players had their highest-scoring games in more than five years.

Green was removed from the game and subsequently received a suspension for standing on Domantas Sabonis’ chest during the second game of the series, which Sacramento lost. In his first game back in Sacramento after the incident, Green recorded 21 points and seven assists.

The Golden State Warriors now have the opportunity to attempt to clinch the series by winning their fourth consecutive game at home on Friday night.

The reigning champion Warriors maintained their composure in front of another rowdy crowd in Sacramento and showed the road grit that had been sorely lacking for most of this season.

Golden State only won 11 games away from home during the regular season and dropped the first two games of the series in Sacramento. However, the Warriors made the key plays in the second half to defeat the Kings and extend their record to 28 straight playoff series with at least one road win.

After a layup by Curry early in the fourth quarter, the Kings were already 12 points down, but they refused to give up. They were able to cut down the lead thanks to 11 points scored by Monk over the course of the following five minutes. Monk then fell momentarily with what seemed to be an injury to his left knee. The game was down to a single point with just over four minutes remaining.

After Monk’s failed 3-point attempt with 1:04 left in regulation, the Warriors were able to pull away and win the game.

It was a five-point game thanks to a turnaround jumper scored by Andrew Wiggins, and Stephen Curry sealed the deal with a three-point play with 22.1 seconds remaining that made the score 122-114.

Klay Thompson contributed 25 points, Wiggins scored 20, and Kevon Looney equaled the career-high number of 22 rebounds he set earlier this season.

Monk and Sabonis each added 21 points for Sacramento, led by De’Aaron Fox, who scored 24 points despite suffering a fractured index finger on the hand he uses to shoot.

Fox was given the starting role despite fracturing the tip of his index finger on his shooting hand late in Game 4. He played with a splint on the finger but exhibited no negative effects from the injury. In the first quarter, he made all three of his long-range shots, which helped Sacramento create a 10-point lead.

In the second quarter, Klay Thompson helped get the Warriors rolling by sinking three 3-pointers during a 12-0 run that helped Golden State establish a lead of 60-56 at the intermission.

TIP-INS

With 3,727 points scored in postseason competition, Stephen Curry of the Warriors has surpassed Magic Johnson (3,701) to move into fifth place all-time. In the same playoff series, Nate Thurmond accomplished it versus Milwaukee in 1972, Looney became the only Warriors player since Nate Thurmond to have two games with at least 20 rebounds in the same series. Throughout the last 10 minutes of the game, Golden State was penalized for two transition take fouls.

Kings: After shooting 8 for 12 from 3-point range in the first quarter, Sacramento shot 0 for nine from 3-point range in the second quarter. This was the most missed shots by the Kings in any quarter this season without a single made field goal.

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