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Warriors win a close one at home against the Kings

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By Huey Bergstrom

(SAN FRANCISCO) The Warriors beat the Kings Sunday night 117-113 at the Chase Center, despite trailing Sacramento for much of the game and playing subpar defense.

The Kings, who were without their star guard De'Aaron Fox, continually pushed the ball and capitalized on fast break points.

“We’ll take it. It was not our finest hour, particularly the first quarter when we gave up 39 points,” head coach Steve Kerr said following the win. “Our defense improved and we were able to squeak it out. But that was a really difficult game and we were lucky to escape with a win.”

The use of the word escape is apt as the Warriors gave up nearly 40 points thorugh the first twelve minutes and trailed by nine midway through the second quarter.

The Dubs' defense was lackluster early on, allowing the Kings to shoot an astonishing 62.5% from the field in the first quarter.

Thankfully for the Warriors, Steph Curry got off to a hot start as well. He had 11 points in the first quarter.

Curry returned to the game with about six minutes left in the first half and helped bring the Warriors to within two before halftime, including the bomb from the Oakland Coliseum depicted below to put Golden State up one before the Kings answered with a three of their own.

The Warriors outscored the Kings by seven in the last minutes of the first half, in large part due to Curry's 12 points in the quarter. He scored a total of 37 points in the game.

Crucially though, Kelly Oubre Jr. played well, adding 19 points at pivotal points in the second half. Curry cooled off in the fourth which left Oubre Jr. to fill the void offensively and Draymond Green, who recorded a double-double, to facilitate the offense.

The game remained close in the second half. The Kings extended their lead to six halfway through the third but the Warriors took the lead going into the final quarter, mainly due to Oubre's scoring and Green's ability to command the floor from end to end.

Golden State went on a 26-18 run to end the third and take a 94-92 lead going into the fourth.

Curry was quiet in the fourth, putting up only a few points from the free throw line, but Oubre was able to capitalize on some open looks and help the Dubs eek out a win.

Golden State will face Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday at the Chase Center. The Dubs have won eight of their last 11 games to tie San Antonio for the ninth seed in the Western Conference.

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