Stephen Curry led the champs with 36 points on 10 made three-pointers. Kevin Durant scored 28 points and added 9 rebounds and 7 blocks. DeMarcus Cousins had a strong showing against the team that drafted him, snagging a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Kings were led by Marvin Bagley III’s supreme effort off of the bench, as he led his team with 28 points and 14 rebounds.
Durant and Curry were the only ones who could find their offensive groove early on for the champs. They were the only starters with a positive plus/minus at +10 and +9 respectively, while scoring 17 points each.
Curry even retained some of the bounce he showed off during All-Star weekend, taking off for a jam that had Oracle laughing.
Steph's reaction to his dunk is amazing pic.twitter.com/zlUQ1pDDBU— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 22, 2019
Durant’s defense was staunch as well, as he was credit with six blocks after two quarters. To my eye, it appeared as though at least four of those “blocks” were actually strip-steals, but I’m not gonna argue the scorekeeper.
Kevin Durant has blocked Marvin Bagley's shot five times in the first half. But the rookie just got KD with his own move, the rip through. KD seemed impressed, slapped Bagley on the chest afterward.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 22, 2019
The Kings pushed the tempo with their young athletes, forcing the champs into 11 early turnovers. Sacramento played with downhill aggression, evidence by their 18 free throw attempts (The Dubs only had six attempts from the charity stripe at the half).
Kings 62, Warriors 60
The Kings tried to separate themselves in the third quarter, but the champs refused to go way, in part because of the heroics of Durant.
Kevin Durant follows a poster dunk with a 30 foot wing 3 at the third quarter buzzer. He has a 26-7-4-1-6 in 30 minutes.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 22, 2019
The Warriors surged through the fourth quarter led by a Curry flurry, as he poured in several deep three-pointers.
The Kings kept hanging around though, and Buddy Hield hit back-to-back triples to bring the Warriors lead down to 125-123 in the final seconds. Andre Iguodala was fouled on the ensuing possession and missed both free throws, giving the Kings a chance to tie or win the game with 6.5 seconds left.
Hield caught the ball from around 35 feet and appeared to have an open look at a walkoff triple, but instead dribbled into the lane for an awful fallaway that had no chance. #ballgame
The Warriors swept the Kings for the season, 4-0, but each game was decided by five points or less. Sacramento is going to be a PROBLEM going forward.