Warriors earn second straight win, beat struggling Kings 109-90

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 25 points, Jordan Poole added 22, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Sacramento Kings 109-90 on Sunday night.

Nemanja Bjelica recorded season highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds to go along with his six assists in the Warriors’ second straight victory – something they hadn’t done since early March.

“We’re playing for the seeding at this point and we really want to be as high up the seeding as possible,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I don’t care how we got here, we got here. We had all kinds of injuries and adversity. Our guys pulled together and competed, and here we are.

Harrison Barnes had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who were knocked out of the playoffs for an NBA-record 16th straight season.

“I’ve been here two years and I can tell you in my opinion things are going in the right direction,” Kings interim coach Alvin Gentry said. “There is work to be done, but everyone here is willing to put in the hours and work and find a way to get rid of the monkey.”

Sacramento has lost all four games to Golden State this season.


A day after coming back from a 21-point deficit to beat the Utah Jazz and clinch a playoff berth, the Warriors nearly reversed course, blowing a big lead. Sacramento trailed up to 26 points but fell to 93-86 late in the fourth quarter after Damian Jones’ short jump.

Draymond Green found Gary Payton Jr. cutting along the baseline for a layup and Wiggins followed with a 3-pointer for the Warriors. After Jones scored for the Kings, Green fed Jonathan Kuminga for a dunk and Wiggins hit another jumper.

Kuminga finished with 17 points as the Warriors won their 50th game of the season.

“It was a huge weekend for us to get back to our basketball style,” said Green, who had his 14th technique this season. “It’s great to be back where we are. Now we have to keep building and trying to qualify for these playoffs.

The Warriors, already without Stephen Curry for the remainder of the regular season with a sprained left foot, were also missing Klay Thompson, Otto Porter Jr. and Andre Iguodala. These three were held back because of the back-to-back.

Green, who is nursing a lower back injury, convinced the coaching staff to let him play in both games.

“I need reps,” Green said. “I felt good. They gave me the option to play, so I took the option.

TRIBUTE TO SHOOTING VICTIMS

Prior to the game, the Kings held a moment’s silence for the victims of the mass shooting that occurred early Sunday morning three blocks from the Golden 1 Center. Six people died and 12 were injured. Police said at least two shooters were involved.

Both Kerr and Gentry have called for tougher gun control regulations.

“I’m so, so sorry for the victims and their families,” Kerr said. “It’s just time. It’s time for us to do something about this instead of having another moment of silence and then sending thoughts and prayers.

Gentry called the shooting “an incredible tragedy.”

“It’s unfortunate that something like this can still happen these days in an environment where everyone is really having fun, just trying to have fun and have a good time,” Gentry said. . “It’s a sad day. I hope it’s not something our town is remembered because it’s a great place with a lot of great people living here.

ADVICE

Warriors: Golden State has won 50 or more games in eight of the past 10 seasons.

Kings: De’Aaron Fox (right hand) and Domantas Sabonis (right knee contusion) didn’t play.

FOLLOWING

Warriors: Host the Lakers on Thursday.

Kings: Host the Pelicans on Tuesday for the final home game of the season.

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