Curry scores 36 as Warriors hold off Kings 125-123
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 22, 2019 02:21 PM
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, right, scores over Sacramento Kings' Harrison Barnes (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 36 points, hitting 10 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors survived a hectic finish to beat the Sacramento Kings 125-123 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).
Kevin Durant added 28 points, nine rebounds and tied his career-high with seven blocks. DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and 10 rebounds in his first game against his former team since signing with the Warriors this past offseason.
The Warriors led most of the fourth quarter behind Curry's 11 points. The two-time MVP shot 12-of-23 overall and was 10-of-16 beyond the arc.
Golden State still had to hold on to avoid back-to-back losses.
Sacramento trailed 123-117 with 25.5 seconds remaining but closed within 125-123 following back-to-back triples by Buddy Hield.
After Andre Iguodala missed a pair of free throws, the Kings had a chance to tie but Hield shot an airball as time expired.
Golden State won all four games against Sacramento this season.
Marvin Bagley III had 28 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings. Hield had 19 points and seven rebounds while De'Aaron Fox added 18 points and eight assists.
Sacramento got an early boost from Bagley and led by 11 early in the second quarter. The second overall pick in the draft, Bagley had 10 points and four rebounds in the first half and spent part of the time trying to defend Durant.
Golden State chipped away behind Curry and Durant, and Iguodala dunked off a lob pass from Green.
The Kings pulled away again before Durant made a pair of big plays to close out the third quarter. He drove around three Sacramento defenders for an emphatic one-handed dunk then made a deep three with two-tenths of a second remaining to pull Golden State within 91-89.
Kings: Corey Brewer scored the team's first eight points in the fourth quarter in his first game with Sacramento. Brewer is on his second 10-day contract with the club. ... Harrison Barnes had 13 points and seven rebounds. Barnes was Golden State's first-round pick in 2012 and spent four seasons with the Warriiors.
Warriors: Five of Durant's blocks came against Bagley alone in the first half. ... Golden State is 10-0 when starting Curry, Thompson, Durant, Green and Cousins. ... Shaun Livingston left the team to be with his wife for the birth of their child.
Kings: Visit the Thunder on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Warriors: Host the Rockets on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).