Game 76 rewind: Short-handed Warriors dominate Kings

The story of the night at the Coliseum complex was the rained out A’s game even though it wasn’t raining.┬áSeriously A’s, no tarp on the infield? Unbelieveable.

Just about the same time word was coming down that the A’s game was getting postponed because of sloppy playing conditions, the Sacramento Kings looked like they were the ones dealing with sloppy playing conditions. The first-half effort from the neighbors to the north bordered on laughable.

A lot of that credit goes to the Warriors, who quickly picked up two fouls on Sacramento’s star center DeMarcus Cousins (.ie, the one player on that team most likely to create havoc). He picked up two fouls in the first 1 minute, 42 seconds, and that was really the start of a bad night for the Kings.

Marreese Speights (5) celebrates a dunk as Sacramento Kings' Jared Cunningham (9), a San Leandro High product, looks on in the fourth quarter of the Warriors 102-69 win. (Staff photo/Anda Chu)

Marreese Speights (5) celebrates a dunk as Sacramento Kings’ Jared Cunningham (9), a San Leandro High product, looks on in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 102-69 win. (Staff photo/Anda Chu)

How bad? Well, the 102-69 loss represents the second-largest loss in Kings’ franchise history to the Warriors. The only one that was worse was a 153-91 loss in 1991. That’s the same season in which the Warriors last swept the season series from Sacramento. Golden State went 5-0 against the Kings in the 1991-92 season and on Friday completed a 4-0 sweep.

How about that awful 69-point performance, in which the Warriors held them to below 18 percent shooting in the first half and 32.1 percent for the game? Well, the 69 points in the fewest in Kings’ franchise history against the Warriors since the Rochester Royals managed just 64 points against the Philadelphia Warriors on Nov. 11, 1953. That’s over 61 years folks.

There was obviously a lot to love about this game. Klay Thompson racked up 21 points in just 23 minutes. Andre Iguodala only scored four points in his 17 minutes, but he was plus-30 in that brief time on the court. Jermaine O’Neal and Draymond Green had great games starting in place of Andrew Bogut and David Lee and Marreese Speights had his first double-double as a Warrior. Definitely notable was Harrison Barnes scoring 16 points, including hitting three 3-pointers. What would it mean to have him get his confidence back late in the season?

We all know the Warriors have displayed a bad trend of struggling at home against bad teams and historically the Kings had played them tough. But a dominant effort minus two important starters is a good sign.

Golden State’s at 47 wins and if it doesn’t reach 50 this year it’ll be a major disappointment. That would represent a 2-4 stumble down the stretch against six teams of which only one will make the playoffs. The schedule is juicy. It provides a chance to get in the 51 to even 53-win range (winning out against that lineup of teams shouldn’t be considered impossible, even though it is probably unlikely for this group.)

It sounds like Bogut and Lee should miss at least Sunday’s game against the Jazz. I could see them maybe being back Thursday against the Nuggets after the three-day layoff. If they can keep playing like this without them, it allows them to really stick by the plan to not rush them back.

So long until next time, whenever that is for me out here with the Warriors.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.