Warriors-Kings Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 19, 2012
The Golden State Warriors got the job done in their first home game in more than two weeks. A stop in Sacramento could produce similar results. Off to their best start in 21 years, the Warriors will try to win for the 15th time in 19 games Wednesday night against the lowly Kings. Playing in Oakland for the first time in 15 days, Golden State (17-8) held off Western Conference-worst New Orleans on Tuesday with a 103-96 victory. The Warriors closed on an 11-4 run in their first game back from a 6-1 stretch against the East - their first trip with that many victories. "One of the hardest games in the NBA to play is your first game back at home after a road trip,'' forward David Lee said after scoring 26 points with nine rebounds. "I've been through too much losing to be disappointed in a win.'' The Warriors, off to their best start since the 1991-92 team opened 21-8, will now try to improve their 10-5 road record and avoid a sweep in California's capital. Going for its first 3-0 road start since 1994-95 - and trying to spoil Sacramento's home opener - Golden State lost 94-92 on Nov. 5. The Kings (7-17) were able to avoid an 0-4 start with that victory, but they're riding a season high-tying five-game skid into this contest. Sacramento has lost by at least 10 points each time during that stretch following Monday's 101-90 defeat at Phoenix. The Kings led by as many as 19. "I thought this was a night to steal one on the road after a game last night (a 122-97 home loss to Denver),'' Sacramento coach Keith Smart said. "I thought they did everything the right way up until things started to go haywire in the second half.'' The third quarter has been especially troublesome in the last two games as the Kings have been outscored by an average of 14.5 points. "It's kind of disheartening," point guard Aaron Brooks said Monday after the Suns went on a 26-4 run that started late in the first half. Another concern for Sacramento is the health of Tyreke Evans, who has missed six of the last 10 games with a pair of different knee injuries. It's uncertain if he'll return after sitting out Monday's contest. The Kings, though, should have guard Marcus Thornton back after he was away from the team for four games to be with his ill mother in Louisiana. Thornton had 16 points in the Nov. 5 victory while Evans shot 1 of 9 to finish with three points. Whoever is in Sacramento's backcourt could have their hands full with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who lead all NBA duos with 129 3-pointers. Thompson hit three 3s and scored a team-high 22 points against the Kings last month, while Curry hit two from long range and finished with 12 and eight assists. Curry missed a 3-point attempt as time expired as Golden State lost for the seventh time in 10 trips to Sacramento. Lee, who had 20 points and a season-low six rebounds in that contest, will try to start a new double-double streak after he just missed his eighth straight Tuesday. He did, however, finish with at least 20 points for a ninth consecutive game. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins could set a career high with a fifth consecutive double-double at home. Cousins has averaged 22.8 points and 16.3 rebounds in his last four in this series after finishing with 23 and 15 last month.
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