OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Stephen Curry had 12 points and 11 assists, and the Golden State Warriors eased past the Sacramento Kings 128-108 on Monday night.
Festus Ezeli scored a career-high 15 points to go with six rebounds in place of injured center Andrew Bogut, helping the Warriors hold a big lead most of the way.
Golden State stretched its NBA-best record to 23-3.
DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and eight rebounds, and Darren Collison scored 17 points in Sacramento's latest blowout loss to its Northern California rival. The Warriors whipped the Kings 95-77 on opening night in Sacramento and have won six consecutive games in the series, including all four last season.
And this one never felt close.
The Warriors got off to a fast start and controlled the game by doing what they have most of the season: clog the paint on defense, push the pace and move the ball.
They led 36-20 at the end of the first quarter, 76-53 early in the third and — except for a few short-lived surges by Sacramento — kept a comfortable cushion throughout.
It was just the kind of take-care-of-business performance that eluded the Warriors too often last season against lesser competition, which played a role in the team firing Mark Jackson as coach.
Perhaps just as important for the Warriors was the return of David Lee, who played for only the second time this season and first since Nov. 5. He had six points on 3-for-9 shooting and seven rebounds in 16 minutes, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd when he entered as a reserve late in the first quarter.
Lee had been out recovering from a strained left hamstring, which forced him to leave after 6 ½ minutes in his previous appearance against the Los Angeles Clippers. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the two-time All-Star forward responded well to conversations about coming off the bench.
Draymond Green has played exceptional as the starter, and Kerr sees no reason to change what has worked — which has been just about everything this season.
In California's capital city, though, consistency has eluded the Kings (12-16) for a month.
Sacramento has lost 11 of 14 games, a slide that started when Cousins came down with viral meningitis and missed 10 games. The Kings also fired Michael Malone as coach last week, and uncertainty about how long interim coach Tyrone Corbin will man the sidelines has lingered since.