Sacramento, California – Andrew Wiggins added 25 points, Jordan Pool added 22 and the Golden State Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings 109-90 on Sunday night.
In the Warriors’ second consecutive win, Nemanja Bezelica had a season high of 19 points and 12 rebounds with six assists which they have not done since the beginning of March.
“We’re playing for Seeding right now and we really want to get as high as possible in the standings,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “I don’t care how we got here, we got here. We had all kinds of injuries and adversity. Our boys got stuck together and competed and we’re here.”
For the Kings, Harrison Burns had 18 points and 10 rebounds, dropping out of the playoffs for the 16th consecutive NBA-record season.
“I’ve been here for the last two years and I can tell you that I think things are going in the right direction,” said Kings interim coach Alvin Gentry. Find a way to get the monkey out of your back by using it for hours on end. “
Sacramento have lost all four of their matches against Golden State this season.
A day after returning from a 21-point deficit to beat the Utah Jazz and win the play-off spot, the Warriors went almost the opposite way, allowing a big lead to go. Sacramento trailed by 26, but followed Damien Jones’ short jumper to 93-86 in the fourth quarter.
Drymond Green watched Gary Payton Jr. cut along the baseline for a lay-up and followed with a 3-pointer for the Wiggins Warriors. After Jones scored for the Kings, Green fed Jonathan Cuminga for the dank and Wiggins hit another jumper.
Cuminga finished with 17 points as the Warriors won their 50th game of the season.
“It was a huge weekend for us to return to our brand of basketball,” said Green, who has made his 14th technical pick this season. “It’s great to be back where we are. Now we have to keep building and try to roll in these playoffs.”
The Warriors, without Stephen Curry for the rest of the regular season due to a left leg sprain, also missed Clay Thompson, Auto Porter Jr. and Andre Igudala. The three were detained due to back-to-back.
Green, who is suffering from a lower back injury, told the coaching staff that he would be allowed to play in both games.
“I need a representative,” Green said. “I felt good. They gave me the option to play so I took the option.”
Respecting the shooting victims
Before the game, the kings observed a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting that took place on Sunday morning, three blocks away from the Golden 1 Center. Six were killed and at least 12 were injured. At least two gunmen were involved, police said.
Both Kerr and Gentry have called for tougher gun control regulations.
“I am so sorry for the victims and their families,” Kerr said. “It’s just a matter of time. It’s time for us to think and pray for one more moment instead of doing something about it.”
Gentry called the shooting “an incredible tragedy.”
“It’s unfortunate that something can happen in an environment these days where everyone is really having fun, just trying to have fun and having a good time,” Gentry said. “It’s a sad day. I hope it’s not something our city is memorable for because it’s a great place where a lot of great people live.”
Warriors: Golden State has won 50 or more games in eight of its last 10 seasons.
Kings: D’Aron Fox (right hand) and Domantas Sabonis (right knee injury) did not play.
Warriors: Host the Lakers on Thursday.
Kings: Host the Pelicans on Tuesday for the final home game of the season.