Sacramento Kings’ Collective Effort Falls Short Against Warriors

The Sacramento Kings' George Hill is fouled by the Golden State Warriors' JaVale McGee (1) in the first quarter at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images)
The Sacramento Kings' George Hill is fouled by the Golden State Warriors' JaVale McGee (1) in the first quarter at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images) /
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Entertaining game tonight in the Golden 1 Center, but the Sacramento Kings fell short to the Golden State Warriors by a score of 119-104.

The Sacramento Kings gave a good fight tonight but were unable to complete the upset against the Golden State Warriors.

With tonight’s loss, the Kings now fall to a record of 16-35 for the season which has the purple and black ranked 27th in the NBA.

Listed down below is the summary of the game as well as my final thoughts on the Kings’ performance. 

Game Summary

To begin the game, the Kings’ offense was on fire straight out the gate. The team was making their three-pointers and moving the ball well which resulted in the good guys leading 20-7 early. But the Warriors suddenly woke up and became the Warriors. Led by Klay Thompson, Golden State started to make their shots and play solid defense which had them on top 29-27 after one.

In the second period, the Warriors continued the momentum they developed from the first period as their offense started hot. With that being said, however, the Kings refused to fall back and kept the score close. The majority of the quarter consisted of sloppy basketball which resulted in a 58-52 lead for Golden State going into halftime.

To start the second half, Golden State made a run. Behind Kevin Durant, the Warriors’ offense was rolling as they dissected the Kings’ defense. It looked like a Golden State avalanche was about to come down in the Golden 1 Center, but the Kings continued to fight back. As a result, Sacramento found themselves trailing by just nine points once the third quarter concluded.

The final period featured exciting basketball. Behind Buddy Hield, the Kings made a great effort to come back as they trimmed the Warriors’ lead to just one point. But the Warriors’ offense punched back and were able to seal the victory behind the play of their star players.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Kings had a good night. Although their play was sloppy at times, their energy and effort on the court were unquestionable which should be encouraging for the Kings and their fans.

Close to nobody gave the Kings a chance in winning this game, but the purple and black showed on the national stage that they have potential in their young core and are a team that could be rising in the near future.

Hopefully, the Kings can bring the same intensity they brought tonight for tomorrow’s game when they host the Dallas Mavericks.