OAKLAND — Making do without two-time MVP Stephen Curry and reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors fell 110-106 to the Sacramento Kings on Monday night at Oracle Arena.
With Durant and Curry hidden in the home locker room, Klay Thompson was the Warriors high-point man, dropping in 21 points but missing a potential game-winning triple.
With 12.6 seconds to go, Bogan Bogadanovic banked a layup off the glass, giving the Kings a 108-106 advantage. On the next trip down the floor, Thompson had the chance to push the hosts ahead, but missed his 3-point attempt.
The Kings closed the game on an 8-0 run, holding the NBA champs scoreless for the final 3:11.
“We couldn’t get stops,” said Patrick McCaw, who started for Curry. “It’s tough. When you don’t get stops, you can’t convert. It’s hard, man.
“It’s tough. We came up short tonight.”
Draymond Green, the other member of the big four to take the court against the Kings, played a game-high 39 minutes, scoring 14 points, recording 8 assists and grabbing four rebounds.
Green explained exactly what it was like to play minus Durant and Curry.
“That’s 60 points,” Green said.
The defensive impact was felt too.
“You definitely miss them on both sides of the floor — just miss their presence out there, but other guys had chances to step up. Patrick played a phenomenal game,” Green said, also singling out the contributions of Andre Iguodala.
“There was some good things out there,” Green added. “We just didn’t make plays down the stretch.”
Golden State failed to produce a trademark third-quarter burst, entering the final frame trailing, point 83-82.
The Warriors had held a 55-53 advantage at the break even as not a single Dub went for double figures in the first half. Thompson and McCaw shared the team high with 9 a piece. McCaw, who was making his start of 2017, scored 16 points in 33 minutes — both season highs. McCaw’s seven assists and four steals were both career bests.
“My focus was just going out there and playing hard,” McCaw said. “If it’s two minutes or 33 minutes, I just want to contribute in any way. So, besides all that, we lost. So that’s really all that matters.”
With Durant and Curry missing, Kerr leaned heavily on his squad’s depth in the first half, calling on seven subs and leaving only Quinn Cook anchored to the bench. The G-League guard didn’t enter in the second half either.
Barnes and sons get their rings
Right before tipoff, in an on-court ceremony presided over by Draymond Green, Matt Barnes and his twin sons received their championship rings.
“This is a guy who everyone’s painted a picture of to be one of the worst guys around, but he’s one of the best teammates I’ve had,” Green joked.
After the loss, Green striking a serious note, said he doesn’t think Barnes will be able to shake his bad-boy image.
“It’s impossible to kind of offset it. We know what’s so today, the bullcrap that’s so today. All the things that he does for cancer [research] and all the different things like that never gets the media attention that a hard foul will get or that an incident off the court will get.”
“So, I think it’s impossible. Yeah, I just don’t think it’s possible.”
“It is what it is, though,” Green concluded. Great guy in my eyes.”
Monday night’s game marked the club’s 250th consecutive sellout at Oracle Arena, regular season and playoffs combined.