"Curry's Spectacular 41-Point Performance Propels Warriors Past Kings in Playoff Rematch"

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry picked up where he left off in last season's playoff game against Sacramento, scoring 41 points and leading the Golden State Warriors to a 122-114 victory over the Kings on Friday night. lead.

“Steph loves all the buildings and all the hoops,” coach Steve Kerr said. "This is Steph. He doesn't know what else to say."

It was Curry's first game at the Golden 1 Center since his 50-point performance over the Kings in Game 7 of last season's first-round series.

This series sparked a rivalry in Northern California between franchises that had never had success in the same season before.

"I feel like they've arrived," Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. "For most of my career, they were in a rebuilding phase. Now they have an identity, we respect them and they are a very good team. They have talent. There are a lot of players. ``Obviously this is a team you can't sleep with.''

The sold-out crowd was excited all night in the home opener, but the Kings once again had no answer for Curry, who made a heart-pounding 3-pointer in the last minute to decide the game. Was disappointed.

Curry took control of the game, scoring 16 points in the third quarter. He also made his 51st career four-point play, punctuated by a little dance, to give Golden State an 11-point lead midway through the period.

"I've seen it before," said Warriors rookie Chris Paul, who has played against Curry over the years. "There were some dams and stuff there. Now we're all on the same side. It's really great."

After Curry went to the bench late in the third inning, the Warriors took advantage of that lead, going on a 10-0 run on Jonathan Kuminga's jumper to make the score 94-77.

Sacramento took advantage of the Warriors' sloppy play and mounted a late counterattack. The Kings scored 10 straight points to cut a 15-point deficit to five with 1:15 remaining. However, Curry made a 3-pointer with 43 seconds left to seal the game.

"Once the shots start coming in, you just try to make it difficult for him. You just try to get the ball out of his hands. It'll work out, but it's hard," Kings guard De'Aaron Fox said. ” he said.

In the second game against the Warriors, Thompson had 18 points and Paul had 10 points, 12 assists and two turnovers. Paul has 21 assists this season and only three turnovers.

Fox led the Kings with 39 points. Domantas Sabonis had 19 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists.

Sacramento took advantage of Curry's long layoff and went on a combined 14-0 run in the first and second quarters, taking an 11-point lead. Golden State rallied after Curry returned to the game and led 60-57 at the half.

"We made a lot of mental mistakes, which you can't expect against a big team like this," Kings manager Mike Brown said. "Every time we made a mistake, they made us pay. I hope this is a good learning experience for us.

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