The Golden State Warriors will kick off the California round robin by facing the Sacramento Kings at home in the Oracle Arena. A familiar face will return to the floor as David Lee will look to return from his agitating hamstring injury. After a few days break, the Warriors will play the first of a back-to-back with the Lakers waiting.
The Warriors began the game with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, and Festus Ezeli. They played like a team that’s been together for years and rushed out to a 9-2 lead at the first time out. Midrange shots weren’t falling and the Kings were able to tie the game at nine points apiece. Off a long outlet pass, Andre Iguodala finished a beautiful Euro-step lay-in. Iggy continued to stay aggressive; he sank an open left wing three pointer to regain the Warriors lead. Lee made his return to a standing ovation from the fans at the 3:01 mark. The Steph Curry show began when he scored on back to back transition layups and followed up with a long three from the top of the arc. At the end of the quarter, the Warriors led 36-20 with Steph leading all scorers with 10 points.
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The unit that started the second includes Livingston, Holiday, Barnes, Iguodala, and Lee. Lee began the second quarter by posting up Cousins and scoring and a left handed jump hook. Lee’s short stint ended with Marreese Speights returning to the floor. The Kings held tough and the Warriors couldn’t pull away. Thompson put on a cape and went up for an alley-oop from Steph. Half way through, each “Splash Brother” has 12 points each with Speights pitching with eight of his own.