SACRAMENTO -- It was outright eyesore, as ugly as one-eyed, toothless pink toad. And yet the Warriors, on a Wednesday night without vanity, will claim it, perhaps knowing that months from now appearances will not matter.
With David Lee sidelined by a strained hamstring and Andrew Bogut restricted to 19 minutes with an undisclosed illness, the Warriors managed to cobble together a 95-77 opening-night win over the Kings at Sleep Train Arena.
Four Warriors finished in double figures, led by Stephen Curry's 24 points and nine rebounds. Marreese Speights came off the bench to put in 16 points, while Klay Thompson put in 19. Draymond Green added 12.
The victory provided Steve Kerr with a successful debut as head coach.
Sacramento had won its last eight home openers, and for a while it appeared the Warriors were willing to make it nine in a row. They committed 22 turnovers, shot 44 percent -- 6-of-27 from 3-point range -- and were outrebounded 50-44.
The Kings however, seemed determined to be worse. They shot 30.8 percent and committed an astounding 27 turnovers -- and only part of the ineptitude could be attributed to Warriors defense.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Game ball to Speights, who played 18 minutes to fill in the gap left by the other big men. In addition to his 16 points, he grabbed five rebounds.
Green, who started in place of Lee, was terrific across the statistical spectrum: 12 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes.
TURNING POINT: Down 54-51 with 6:50 left in the third quarter, Kerr called timeout and addressed his players. They went back out on the floor and reeled off a 19-2 run, taking a 70-56 lead with 1:32 left in the quarter.
Most of the damage was done by a small lineup feature Curry at the point, Thompson at shooting guard, Iguodala at small forward, Barnes at power forward and Green at center.
The Kings, who led for much of the first half, never again got closer than nine.
INJURY UPDATE: F Brandon Rush (sacral stress reaction) and F David Lee (strained left hamstring) did not play. G Shaun Livingston (recovering from right big toe surgery) was upgraded to questionable and entered the game at the start of the fourth quarter.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors returned to Oakland late Wednesday night. They return to action Saturday in their home opener against the Lakers.