Sporting a Shawn Kemp Sonics throwback jersey, Kevin Durant received a warm reception in Key Arena before helping the Golden State Warriors crush the Sacramento Kings in front of a sold-out crowd in Seattle.
Klay Thompson came out on a vintage Klay heater, hitting the first NBA basket scored in over a decade in Key Arena and never looking back from there.
Klay was fluid and in the zone, stroking his pure jumper with efficiency and good effect while scoring 19 points, including five three-pointers, in the first nine minutes, as the Warriors built a comfortable first quarter lead, 39-15.
Klay Thompson had one of those quarters in Seattle tonight pic.twitter.com/G5j9gikUiR— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 6, 2018
In addition to Klay’s lights-out performance, the Warriors were sharp with their defense, passing and shot selection, overwhelming a young Kings squad that appeared fatigued on the second game of a back-to-back.
The Dubs displayed their classic, unselfish ball movement as they tallied 21 assists in the first half and surged to a 74-44 lead at halftime.
Even with a thirty-point lead at the half of a preseason game, Kevin Durant and the Dubs came out of halftime the same way they started, with consistent enthusiasm and flow.
Despite being without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, the Warriors showed why they are the best team in the league with outstanding team play, defense and dominating performances by Klay and KD.
This game was over by halftime, as the Kings could not dig themselves out of a thirty point deficit, folding in the second half in a 122-94 defeat.
In addition to the Warriors, Seattle was the other big winner on Friday night, showing the appreciation and excitement of a city that seems hungry for and deserving of an NBA team.
KD seemed to feed off of this energy, putting on a show and finishing with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and a steal, sending the Seattle-based and Warriors fans home happy.
The Warriors will look to keep the momentum going when they return to Oracle on Monday night for their preseason game against the Phoenix Suns.