If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
The Golden State Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings in this non-televised preseason contest, 105-96.
Kevin Durant scored a game-high 25 points on 11 shots, though the game was won by the spectacular late-game run of the bench unit, which held the Kings scoreless in the closing minutes. The Warriors were down 96-91 with 3:16 remaining, and they proceeded to score 14 points while forcing four straight Kings misses — that sounds like just the kind of thing I would love to watch, but unfortunately the game was not broadcast, nationally or locally. Luckily Golden State of Mind’s very own @kimborania was able to live tweet the game, and luckily in this day and age, highlights and photos disseminate through social media enough to get glimpses of the action.
Boogie Cousins: 4-of-4, 8 points in the first four minutes. Bullying Zaza, others.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 7, 2016
Kevin Durant has a reverse dunk + two 3s in the first eight minutes. Ten points.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 7, 2016
Hey hey McCaw and Clark save the day! Warriors win 105-96! @kimborania signing off! It's been real DubNation!— Golden State of Mind (@unstoppablebaby) October 7, 2016
The box score can also tell parts of the story, as slow nights from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson offensively may also be part of why this game was so close. The Warriors also had 23 turnovers and only 22 assists on the night, which is one of the ways the team managed to hurt themselves. DeMarcus Cousins was an absolute force, scoring a team-high 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting, hitting half of his four shots beyond the arc as well. Three members of the Kings bench also scored in double digits, including former Warrior Matt Barnes.