Honestly, where to start with this game? It was a close battle for the entirety, with tied scores after the second, third AND fourth quarters. Foul trouble and technical fouls abounded and the Warriors’ stars were hard-pressed to get buckets when it mattered the most.
Meanwhile, Sacramento was gritty, DeMarcus Cousins was red hot, and they pulled away with a 109-106 win in overtime.
The Warriors started slow, allowing the Kings to go on a 6-0 run in the first two minutes, but they quickly went on a 13-2 run to take the lead, which they held for the rest of the first quarter.
Draymond Green had a few wild shot attempts in the first half, the last of which forced him to fall hard into the camera section late in the second quarter, causing him to leave for the locker room and allowing the Kings to come back and tie it up.
The second half was the definition of the Wild Wild West. The score was still tied around the halfway mark of the third quarter, when Kevon Looney was called for a loose ball foul that was, to put it generously, questionable at best. It was Looney’s fifth foul, and JaVale McGee already had four as well, so this did not go over well with the Warriors.
Green, whose X-rays were negative and was found to have a contusion, had come back in the game early in the quarter and was hit with a technical foul for arguing the call against Looney.
This was the final straw for an irate Steve Kerr, who charged the refs - looking like a baseball manager - and had to be restrained by Mike Brown. He got one technical and was ejected, so he decided to get his money’s worth and let the refs know how he felt in the most colorful way imaginable.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr unleashes a string of profanities and gets ejected... pic.twitter.com/MWlCnzAXUD— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 5, 2017
When the roles are reversed, and it's extra funny to you. pic.twitter.com/8Qspj4e71X— Grant Brisbee (@mccoveychron) February 5, 2017
It looked like this had reinvigorated the Warriors, as the Splash Brothers combined to end the quarter as they do, raining threes. First Curry, then Klay Thompson, followed again by 30 foot buzzer-beater from Curry to close the quarter tied at 82.
That momentum didn’t carry over into the fourth quarter, however. Despite technical fouls called on Sacramento’s coach Dave Joerger and Cousins, the latter of which re-tied the game, the Warriors weren’t able to take advantage and the game went to overtime tied at 98.
The start of overtime was a disaster. With two turnovers, the Warriors allowed a 7-1 run by the Kings for the first three minutes before Curry dropped a three to get it back to a one possession game.
Cousins, then at two fouls on the night, went on a fouling spree. In just under a minute, he picked up three fouls, but stayed in the game. After the free throws from that, though, the Warriors shots just weren’t going in. Thompson missed a three, and Curry, twice given the opportunity to give the Warriors a lead, missed two layups in a row. Green attempted a last second hero shot to tie it up, but ultimately the Kings prevailed.
In the end, it came down to the benches. Curry and Thompson combined had a better night than Sacramento’s top two scorers, but the bench was outscored 45-16. With Kevin Durant having a rare off-night, that made all the difference.
It was a nail-biter and fun to watch, but also a little concerning because this is the Warriors’ third game to go to overtime this season and they’ve yet to win one. Crunch-time has been an issue for them. But before we all dial up the sports radio phone lines, let’s just remember that it’s February. They’ve got time.