SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (AP) — With two dunks already under his belt, including an impressive one-hander from the right side of the lane, Sacramento’s Trevor Ariza thought he had a chance at a third after getting a steal near midcourt.
His 34-year-old legs said otherwise, and Ariza settled for a layup then chuckled as he ran back to play defense on a rare night when the Kings could afford to laugh, even at themselves.
“Flat tire,” Ariza said. “These legs don’t work like that anymore. It was a flat tire.”
De’Aaron Fox had 21 points and seven assists, Buddy Hield also scored 21 and the Kings thumped the Golden State Warriors 111-98 yesterday.
Ariza added a season-high 18 points and six rebounds for the Kings, and Harrison Barnes scored 18 as well. Sacramento led by 31 on the way to winning for only the second time in 11 games, allowing coach Luke Walton to rest most of his starters in the fourth quarter.
“We were more consistent tonight,” Walton said. “We continued to do what we wanted to do offensively. We got better and made some progress tonight.”
It was the Kings’ second lopsided win over the Warriors this season, having beaten Golden State 100-79 on the road December 15.
Ariza shot seven of nine after coming off the bench. He made five of his first six shots, including a pair of three-pointers and the two dunks to get the Kings off to a quick start. He played 32 minutes for the second consecutive game.
“I felt like my normal self a little bit,” Ariza said. “Sometimes you just have to sacrifice, play your role. Tonight I made a few shots and the ball went in.”
Glenn Robinson III had 16 points and five rebounds for Golden State. Omari Spellman added 13 points and six rebounds. The Warriors, who played without Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell, have lost five straight after a season-high four-game winning streak.
“When we needed some shots and the ball to go in, we had a couple of forced shots,” Robinson said. “We really didn’t trust each other. That’s the key to this team, playing as hard as we can and trusting each other out there.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was ejected late in the second quarter after getting hit with consecutive technical fouls by referee Jason Goldenberg. Kerr appeared initially upset about a continuation call that went the Kings’ way, then erupted after Golden State did not receive a similar call. Kerr angrily walked onto the court after the second technical and yelled at Goldenberg before leaving.
The Kings led by 16 in the first half and then made eight three-pointers to pull away in the third quarter.
Hield and Corey Joseph hit back-to-back 3s and Harry Giles followed with a floater to make it 83-52.