SACRAMENTO -– The Warriors entered Sleep Train Arena Friday night with eight consecutive wins over the Sacramento Kings, with most of those wins classified as routs.
The defending champs pushed it to nine in a row, but there was no rout. Not even close.
In a game during which they trailed in the fourth quarter, the Warriors prevailed behind a late rally and left town with a 103-94 victory before a bipartisan audience.
Steph Curry led Warriors scorers with 24 points. He missed his first eight 3-point attempts before draining a pair in the final quarter.
Four other Warriors scored in double figures, as Klay Thompson put in 18 points, Andre Iguodala 14, Harrison Barnes 13 and Festus Ezeli 10.
The Warriors (7-0) shot only 41.3 percent (38-of-92), including 20.5 percent (8-of-39) from beyond the arc. Kings point guard Rajon Rondo submitted a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds.
When no one else could do much of anything well, Iguodala came off the bench and found ways to keep his teammates from sinking.
He did a little bit of everything, adding six rebounds, four assists and four steals to his points total. Iguodala was +23 in the Plus/Minus for the game -– easily the best on the Warriors.
After Marco Belinelli dropped in three free throws to pull Sacramento within three (87-84) with 2:46 left, the Warriors responded with a 7-0 run to go up 94-84 with 1:38 and force the Kings to call a timeout.
The Warriors outscored the Kings 16-10 over the final 2:46.
Warriors: C Andrew Bogut (concussion) and F Kevon Looney (hip surgery) were listed as out and did not play.
Kings: C Willie Cauley-Stein (R ankle sprain) and F Omri Casspi (R shoulder strain) were listed as probable and did play. G Seth Curry (R ankle sprain) was listed as doubtful and did not play. C DeMarcus Cousins (R Achilles strain) and G Darren Collison (L hamstring strain) were listed as out and did not play.
The Warriors return to Oracle Arena on Monday night, when they play host to the Detroit Pistons.