In the final game of the 2018 California Classic, the Golden State Warriors opted to prioritize rest. With a busy schedule in Las Vegas starting on Friday, the Warriors gave their biggest names some time off for their final game in Sacramento at the California Classic.
But as far as results are concerned, it didn’t much matter. Golden State still had plenty of firepower, and beat the Los Angeles Lakers 77-71.
Jordan Bell and Damian Jones did not enter the game, and first-round draft pick Jacob Evans III only played a handful of minutes and didn’t score. Kendrick Nunn, who is on a partially guaranteed contract, also sat out the contest.
But Georgetown product Marcus Derrickson put in some serious work, and took over in most facets of the game. Derrickson led all players with 22 points, including four three pointers on just seven attempts. He also had 11 rebounds, and strong defense on the wing.
Also having a big game for the Warriors was Omari Johnson, who made 6-10 shots for 16 points.
But all things considered, it was the combination of defense and ball control that gave the Warriors the win. They were outrebounded 44-35, but still took a whopping 17 more shots than the Lakers, largely because they forced 23 Los Angeles turnovers, while committing only 11 of their own. It was quite beautiful!
With the win, the Warriors swept the California Classic, beating all three of the other teams - the Lakers, the Sacramento Kings, and the Miami Heat. They’re bringing some good momentum and teamwork with them to Vegas.