SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — The Warriors still aren’t playing championship-level defence and they’re committing too many turnovers for coach Steve Kerr’s liking.
That might be nitpicking, especially on a night when Golden State and Sacramento set an NBA record for combined three-pointers, but it’s a concern for the two-time defending champs nevertheless.
Not that it bothered Stephen Curry much.
Curry scored 20 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter and had 10 three-pointers, and the Warriors held on to beat the Kings 127-123 on Saturday night.
“At the end of the day we know in order to win a championship we have to get stops, and we did that in the fourth quarter,” Curry said. “The 3s that they were getting were mostly in transition and on breakdowns, just not communicating, and obviously they made us pay by making them.”
Kevin Durant added 29 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 20 points to help the Warriors take a 3-0 lead in the season series. The three games have been decided by a total of 10 points.
“Just an incredible offensive display by both teams,” Kerr said. “The problem for us was the (13) turnovers. Every time we turned the ball over it was a three or a dunk. That’s what kept them in the game.”
Coming off a 135-134 overtime loss to Houston last Thursday night when they let a 20-point lead slip away, the Warriors blew another big lead in the third quarter before storming past the Kings over the final 12 minutes.
Curry led the way with five 3s in the fourth, and had a pair of key three-point plays. Curry also closed out the quarter with a pair of free throws with 9.4 seconds left.
That ended a frenzied game in which the teams combined for 41 three-pointers. Golden State shot 21 of 47 beyond the arc while Sacramento was 20 of 36. The 20 3s were a franchise record for the Kings.