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Warriors open post All-Star break with win

After acquiring Steve Blake earlier on Wednesday, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings 101-92.
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David Lee had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Klay Thompson had 18 points and five assists to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 101-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday at the Sleep Train Arena.

Stephen Curry, returning from all the All-Star activities in New Orleans, had 13 points and eight assists. Draymond Green added 12 points and eight rebounds. Six players scored in double figures for the Warriors.

Isaiah Thomas led Sacramento with 26 points and seven assists. Travis Outlaw had 18 points and Rudy Gay added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Golden State shot 45.3 percent from the field and held Sacramento to just 41.8 percent. The Warriors tied a season-low with seven turnovers. The Kings committed 21 miscues, including seven by Thomas.

Both teams played without their starting center. Andrew Bogut missed his fifth straight game for the Warriors with a left shoulder inflammation. DeMarcus Cousins missed the game with a strained left hip flexor.

Both teams also played shorthanded after making big trades earlier in the day. The Warriors acquired Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. The Kings traded Marcus Thornton to the Brooklyn Nets for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans.

Golden State was in command for most of the game, scoring the first eight points and opening up a 15-point lead early in the second half. But a prolonged shooting slump allowed Sacramento back into the game.

After hitting three of their first four shots to open the third quarter, the Warriors made just four of their next 24. While Golden State was ice cold from the field, Thomas heated up for the Kings. The third-year guard scored 12 points and his free throws with 3.1 seconds left in the quarter gave the Kings their first and only lead of the game at 76-75.

Golden State regained the lead early in the fourth quarter when Lee hit a short jumper. A technical free throw by Thomas tied the game at 77. A layup by Barnes was followed by a dunk by Derrick Williams.

With the score tied at 79, the Warriors went on a 9-1 run that decided the outcome.

Lee made a layup, Thompson hit a 3-pointer and Andre Iguodala nailed a fadeaway jumper for seven quick points. After Jason Thompson made one of two free throws, Green tipped in his own miss for an eight-point advantage with 6:47 left. The Kings could not get closer than six points the rest of the way.

“I love the way my guys responded,” said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. “Took care of the basketball on the road which is a huge step, especially in us trying to get better.”

Golden State held Sacramento to just 4 of 15 shooting in the final quarter. The Warriors also forced six turnovers.

“I thought we really showed a lot of guts,” said Jackson. “They took the lead. We responded. Just a total team effort.”

The Warriors won despite outrebounded 49-35. Quincy Acy of the Kings led all players with 12.

Jackson was asked about the Blake trade during the press conference.

“We’re getting a heck of a basketball player,” said Jackson. “A big-time competitor. A guy that can play the one and the two. An experienced guy who’s not afraid of the moment. A true professional and a guy that can make big shots. We’re very fortunate to be able to add him to this basketball team.”

Blake is expected to be play when the Warriors take on the Houston Rockets on Thursday at Oracle Arena.

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