DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings held off the Warriors 94-92 Monday night to avoid an 0-4 start.
Cousins outworked slow-footed Andrew Bogut and every other Warriors big man to help Sacramento score 16 straight points during the third quarter and bust open a tie game.
Bogut hardly looked to be at full strength. He had 12 points and three rebounds while playing almost 19 minutes as Golden State’s new franchise center — and his surgically repaired left ankle — eases back into shape.
Klay Thompson had 22 points and David Lee added 20 points to bring the Warriors within a point in the final minute. But Thompson missed a potential tying jumper and Stephen Curry missed a 3-pointer as time expired to seal Golden State’s first road loss this season.
Marcus Thornton scored 16 points and Aaron Brooks had 12 for Sacramento in its home opener. After losing the first three games on the road, a return to California’s capital city reversed a stagnant start this season.
Bogut played the first 5:17 and sat out the rest of the first half. At one point, he also took the shoe off his surgically repaired left foot while sitting on the bench.
Golden State quickly tied the score at 56-56 on Curry’s 3-pointer with 8:52 remaining in the third quarter. The Warriors didn’t make another basket for more than six minutes.
The Kings scored 16 straight points behind a flurry of defense, rebounding and overall effort. Cousins had the final five points during Sacramento’s surge, including ripping a rebound away from rookie Festus Ezeli and drawing a foul to start a three-point play.
The Kings still managed to hold things together — barely.
Curry made a 3-pointer and Thompson converted a layup through traffic with a little more than 2 minutes remaining to bring the Warriors within three. Thompson’s two free throws sliced Sacramento’s lead to 93-92 with 31.3 seconds left.
After Cousins missed a difficult running shot, Golden State called timeout with 10.3 seconds remaining. Thompson then missed a contested shot near the free-throw line, James Johnson grabbed the rebound and was fouled.
Johnson missed the second free throw to give Golden State another chance with 1.3 seconds to play. But Curry missed a 3-pointer over big man Chuck Hayes as time expired.