Oakland, CA – Not a bad start for the Golden State Warriors after a tough loss to the Lakers without All-Star Kobe Bryant. The Warriors and C.J. Watson demolished the Sacramento Kings 130-98. Without Monta Ellis in the line up, Watson took over scoring a career high 40 points.
“I wanted to play aggressive,” said Watson. “I knew Monta was out so, I wanted to take on the scoring load.” “I knew middle of the first half that I had a good flow on the court.”
Flow was an understatement! C.J. scored 14 points in the first quarter while the rest of the Warriors were almost perfect with their outside shooting. This may have been the only time the Kings were visibly in the game. Sacramento came back being down by five points then tied the game. But Watson and Anthony Morrow both hit back-to-back shots that pulled the Warriors ahead by one to end the first quarter.
Kings former star Kevin Martin sat out the entire second half in anticipation that he made be traded sooner than later. Eluding trade talks Martin did not want to address rumors before the game. However, he did speak about the progress in this year’s team and rookie Stephen Curry.
“We definitely have a better team this year than last year,” said Martin. “We have a better coaching staff and we have a good group of guys who want to learn.” “Our chances of being better this second half has definitely increased.” “I like Curry’s game, especially since he comes from a southern conference.” “He plays smart and continues to get better everyday!”
There is no doubt that Curry continues to get better daily, had a career high 15 assists and finished with 24 points. The rookie guard had no problem controlling the point while Ellis (sprained left knee) is out. The chemistry was clicking on both ends of the court for Golden State. With three guards on the floor, the offense dominated totaling 30 assists and stayed close on the boards (50-48) as six players had at least five rebounds.
Golden State finished the first half with a 27 point lead and the Kings never got back into the game after that. A total of 17 turnovers was a huge part of their loss as well as having one of their best shooters on the bench during the second half. The life-less Kings could only watch as the “HOT” shooting Warriors came from ever angle on the court.
“During the second quarter is when we lost our way,” said Francisco Garcia. “They jumped ahead and pretty much never looked back.” Their shooting was on point and they got the win.”
Watson and Morrow combined took 43 shots and as the team scored a season high 46 points on fast-break points. Morrow finished with 25 points and Devean George finished with 16 points who knocked down the Warriors’ 12 3-pointers coming off the bench.
“I had a lot of uncontested shots,” said George. “I was able to jump into the flow of the game easily and contribute along with my teammates.
Written by: Malaika Bobino