SACRAMENTO -– The Warriors overcame a slow and sloppy start Saturday night to win their sixth-consecutive game and continue their domination of the Sacramento Kings with a 128-116 victory at Sleep Train Arena.
The Kings didn’t make it easy, though, staging a bit of a comeback in the final minutes, getting as close as five before the Warriors closed it out.
Six Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry’s 38 points, as the defending champions beat Sacramento for the 12th-straight time over the past three seasons.
The Warriors moved to 35-2, the best record in NBA history after 37 games, to the delight of many fans that attended at the road venue.
Curry got plenty of help on offense, as Draymond Green poured in 25 points, Klay Thompson totaled 15, Andre Iguodala finished with 13, Brandon Rush tossed in 12 and Harrison Barnes added 10.
The Warriors committed 11 turnovers in the first 15 minutes –- and 19 for the game –- but overcame the giveaways with a decided rebounding advantage (48-34) and fabulous shooting. They shot 56.3 percent for the game, including 51.4 percent from beyond the arc.
This is scheduled to be the last game the Warriors play in this building under its various names over the years. They were 23-36 against the Kings here.
Several players performed well, but nobody stamped his presence upon this game quite as well as Curry.
His line: 38 points (12-of-21 shooting, including 8-of-14 from deep), 11 assists and six rebounds for his fourth 30-10 game of the season.
Twenty-eight seconds after a Rudy Gay jumper cut the Warriors’ lead to three (65-62) with 10:12 left in the third quarter, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins committed his fourth foul and took a seat on the bench.
The Warriors responded with a 9-2 run over the next 97 seconds, going up 74-64 with 8:07 left in the quarter. The Warriors outscored Sacramento 31-22 over the final 10:12 of the third quarter.
The Kings got no closer than five (118-113, 2:59 remaining) the rest of the game.
Warriors: Forward James Michael McAdoo (left foot toe sprain) and guard Leandro Barbosa (left shoulder sprain) were listed as out.
Kings: Center Willie Cauley-Stein (right middle finger laceration) was listed as probable and entered the game in the first quarter. Guard James Anderson (left hamstring strain) and forward Omri Casspi (back soreness) were listed as doubtful and did not play. Forward Duje Dukan (right tibia contusion) and forward/center Eric Moreland (left fifth metatarsal fracture) were listed as out.
The Warriors return to action Monday night when they face the Miami Heat at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.