SACRAMENTO –Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 40 points and 10 assists, but it wasn’t enough to preserve a Warriors lead, as the Sacramento Kings came back to take a 91-90 win Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena.
In a game that at times was sharply physical, even combative, the Warriors led by as much as 17 before fading down the stretch. They missed 16 of 19 shots in the fourth quarter, when they were outscored 21-9.
With the Warriors trailing 91-89 and 1.2 seconds left, forward David Lee had an opportunity to tie the game when he was fouled and went to the line to shoot a pair of free throws. He made the first and missed the second, and the Dubs were done.
The Kings appeared fresher in the fourth quarter, riding the energy of point guard Isaiah Thomas (team-high 21 points off the bench) and their vociferous home to overtake the Warriors.
"We need to do a better job when we get those leads, not letting teams back in the game," Lee said.
Curry, who had several boisterous moments with Thomas, shot 8-of-15 from the floor, including 5-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc. Andre Iguodala finished with one of his typical lines: 8 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson, still searching for his playing rotation, didn’t get much from his bench, which was outscored 45-19 by the Sacramento bench.
How physical was it? Kings center DaMarcus Cousins, hand-fighting with Warriors big man Andrew Bogut from the outset, fouled out in 23 minutes.
It’s the kind of thing the Warriors can expect this season, in the wake of their stirring postseason run and the accelerated hype around them.
"Teams are coming after us," Bogut said. "They’re going to give us their best shot."
One thing is certain. The rivalry between the Warriors and their Northern California neighbors just got considerably more heated, enough to make the upcoming regular season a lot more interesting.
Lee played despite missing the morning shootaround with an unspecified illness. He nearly lost a tooth during physical play in the second half, but returned to play the final minutes.
Small forward Harrison Barnes has been ruled out of the final two preseason games as he battles what the team describes as inflammation in his left foot.
The Warriors wrap up the preseason schedule Thursday night, when Portland visits Oracle Arena.