SACRAMENTO – Though they were clobbered on the glass and their shooting cooled as the game went on Wednesday night, the Warriors still managed to pull out a 101-92 win over the Kings at Sleep Train Arena.
Most of the credit goes to their defense, which forced 21 Sacramento turnovers and held the Kings to 41.8 percent shooting.
Six Warriors scored in double figures, led by David Lee's 23 points. Klay Thompson had 18 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals as the Warriors (32-22) defeated the Kings for the third consecutive time this season.
The Warriors opened hot, taking a 10-point lead in the first quarter and shooting a 51.3 percent in the first half. They shot only 28 percent in the third quarter, allowing the Kings to get back into the game.
The Warriors were without center Andrew Bogut, still recovering from inflammation in his left shoulder. The Kings played without center DeMarcus Cousins, who has a strained hip flexor. Sacramento (18-36) is 0-8 when Cousins does not play.
The Warriors completed a trade shortly before the opening tipoff, acquiring veteran point guard Steve Blake from the Lakers in exchange for reserve guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Thompson, who struggled before the All-Star break, seemed refreshed. He was largely responsible for the Warriors' solid start with his shooting and all-around play.
Draymond Green came off the bench to finish with 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes.
TURNING POINT: After the Kings took their first lead, 76-75, at the end of the third quarter, the Warriors opened the fourth quarter on an 13-4 run, taking an 88-80 lead with 6:47 to play.
The Warriors maintained a lead of at least six points the rest of the way.
INJURY UPDATE: C Andrew Bogut (left shoulder inflammation) is doubtful. C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) and G Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain, right foot inflammation) are out indefinitely.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors return to Oakland early Thursday morning and will face the Rockets on Thursday night at Oracle Arena. The teams have met twice this season, with Houston winning both. The Warriors have lost 18 of the past 22 meetings. Both squads will be playing for the second consecutive night, as the Rockets faced the Lakers on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.