Opening night wasn’t pretty in Sacramento as the Kings committed an astronomical 27 turnovers in a 95-77 loss to the visiting Golden State Warriors.
Sacramento made only three of their first eleven shots, which was an omen for a dismal shooting night -- 30.8 percent from the floor and 16.7 percent from downtown.
The Warriors were also cold from 3-point range -- going 1-for-6 in the first quarter -- but lead Sacramento by two at the end of the first stanza.
Sacramento did bounce back in the second quarter and lead by five points at the 1:39 mark after a Nik Stauskas 3-pointer, but the Kings failed to provide more separation and held a precarious two-point lead at the half 49-47.
The third quarter was a fiasco for Sacramento including five consecutive Kings turnovers leading to a nine-to-two Golden State run.
The Warriors capitalized on the Kings' sloppy play, overcoming the two-point halftime deficit to lead by ten points at 73-63 heading into the final quarter.
Golden State outscored Sacramento 22-14 in the fourth quarter, ending the game with its largest lead of the night (18 points) while the Kings failed to make a significant run.
DeMarcus Cousins was 4-for-14 from the floor but managed to get to the free throw line often, making 12 of 18 attempts to lead the Kings with 20 points. Rudy Gay also was ineffective from the field, going 5-for-15 with four of six free throws going down for 14 points. Darren Collison rounded out the Kings' double-digit scorers, chipping in 13 points.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Despite a combined 4-for-17 from 3-point range Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson scored 24 and 19 points respectively, leading the Warriors to victory in Steve Kerr’s coaching debut.
TURNING POINT: The Warriors took control of the game outscoring the Kings by 12 points in the third quarter, largely fueled by nine Sacramento turnovers.
INJURY REPORT: For Golden State, F David Lee (strained left hamstring) and G Brandon Rush (sacral stress reaction) did not play. Andrew Bogut played despite flu like symptoms.
For Sacramento, there were no injuries to report.
WHAT'S NEXT: Sacramento hosts Portland, who on Wednesday night defeated Oklahoma City 106-89, on Friday night before back-to-back road games at the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday and at Denver on Monday.