|David Lee, PF 30 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +3
Lee was a terrific finisher as usual but offered little resistance at the basket and on the boards. This explains why Ekpe Udoh and Dominic McGuire got most of the minutes in the fourth quarter.
|Dorell Wright, SF 23 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | -5
Dorell played good defense and also helped out his teammates by getting into passing lanes to discourage some passes and also by sagging into the paint to prevent easy scores by the Kings’ big men. Also, Wright’s shooting helped stretch out a Sacramento defense that seemed focused on protecting the paint at all costs.
|Andris Biedrins, C 25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | 0
Andris was active throughout the game and went right at DeMarcus Cousins and scored on him. He also defended the former Kentucky player and had some success keeping him off the boards and contesting his shots to force misses. Might have been his best performance this season.
|Monta Ellis, SG 28 MIN | 5-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | +4
Monta got into the lane with terrific ease and yet settled for several long jumpers all night. He took shots early in the shot clock and wasn’t his usual playmaking self. Ellis’ defense mind you was solid as he consistently forced Tyreke Evans to take tough contested jumpers from just inside the 3-point line.
|Stephen Curry, PG 26 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 3 PTS | +3
Steph spent most of the night deferring to Monta Ellis. Curry often didn’t even bother to bring up the ball, preferring instead to let the Warriors’ off guard assume all of the ball handling duties and placing himself on the opposite side of the court as a floor spacer.
Three Things We Saw
- The Kings have allowed 50.4 points in the paint per game so far this season and yet the Dubs seemed allergic to paint for most of the night; as they continued to settle for long contested perimeter jump shots. Naturally the GSW only shot 13 free throws; and four of those attempts came late in the game when the Kings intentionally fouled them to try and prolong the game.
- The Warriors second unit was subpar in the second quarter but bounced back in a huge way in the final period. The bench players alternated between man-to-man and zone defense to keep the Kings scoreless until the 6:43 mark of the fourth quarter; and they rode the hot hand of Brandon Rush to close out the game.
- Golden State did a poor job of protecting their backboards in this contest. The Kings attacked the boards and finished the game with a 53-38 rebounding edge.