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Stephen Curry scored a game-high 36 points and the Golden State Warriors got back into their Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Sacramento Kings with a 114-97 triumph in San Francisco on Thursday, April 20 (Friday, April 21, Manila time).
Playing without suspended Draymond Green and ill Gary Payton II, the Warriors continued the series’ home-court dominance with a first win in three tries.
Game 4 of the best-of-seven series will be played in San Francisco on Sunday.
Curry might have been the game’s top scorer, but teammate Kevon Looney was the biggest difference-maker in a contest in which neither team shot well.
Golden State outshot the guests 40% to 38.0% overall and 32% to 23.4% on three-point attempts.
Looney’s game-high 20 rebounds were critical. Nine of his game-high total came on the offensive end, helping Golden State retrieve 18 of its misses.
Looney also found time for a postseason career-high 9 assists after never having had more than 5 in a playoff game. He scored 4 points.
De’Aaron Fox had 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists to pace the Kings, who tied for the second-best road record in the NBA during the regular season.
Matched up with Looney most of the night, Sacramento’s Domantas Sabonis countered with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
Harrison Barnes chipped in with 17 points and Kevin Huerter 13 for Sacramento, which made just 11 of its 47 three-point shots.
The Warriors never trailed, building a nine-point advantage by the end of the first quarter and holding a 53-41 edge at halftime.
Two free throws by Malik Monk had Sacramento within striking distance at 84-74 in the first minute of the fourth quarter, but Andrew Wiggins hit from short range, Jonathan Kuminga dropped in a layup, and Curry connected on an interior hoop in a six-point run that opened a 16-point advantage.
Wiggins finished with 20 points, Jordan Poole 16, and Klay Thompson and Moses Moody 13 apiece for the Warriors, the defending NBA champs who were staring at a 0-2 deficit in a playoff series for the first time since 2007.
Donte DiVincenzo contributed 6 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals to the Golden State cause. The Warriors outrebounded the Kings 59-53. – Rappler.com