OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The dejected Sacramento Kings made a
quick exit after another puzzling road loss, looking little like a
confident team headed to the playoffs next month.
Jason Richardson hit a long jumper with 27.1 seconds left and
finished with 40 points, and the Warriors sent the Kings to their
fourth straight road loss with a 100-97 victory Thursday night.
"It was huge," Richardson said of his shot. "The coaches had
confidence in me that I was going to knock that shot down, and when
the opportunity came I knew I had to make it. It's like a rivalry
of big brother against little brother. They're the winning team.
We're the losing team. We're the underdogs."
After Richardson's basket, the Kings missed four shots,
including 3-point attempts by Mike Bibby and Peja Stojakovic just
before the final buzzer. Coach Rick Adelman thought the Kings
rushed things in the waning moments.
"We had 11 seconds to go, and in that situation you have to get
lucky a little bit," Stojakovic said. "I don't think we played a
good overall game."
Kenny Thomas rallied the Kings by scoring 12 of his 16 points in
the final 10:39.
The Warriors went more than 3 minutes without scoring before
Troy Murphy made a 3-pointer with 3:17 to go. Baron Davis converted
two free throws with 1:30 left, then Thomas made two free throws on
the other end.
The Warriors committed a shot-clock violation on their next
possession with 54 seconds to go and Thomas swished an 8-foot baby
hook shot at 40.7 to tie it at 97.
Then Richardson came up big for his second 40-point game of the
Davis had 15 points, 10 assists and five rebounds for his first
double-double with Golden State, and Derek Fisher added 10 points
and four assists off the bench for the Warriors, who had lost four
Thomas finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two
steals and two blocks off the bench. He scored six straight points
to pull the Kings to 92-91 with 5:29 left, then Brian Skinner's
putback the next time down the floor gave Sacramento a brief lead.
Cuttino Mobley had 28 points and nine rebounds and shot 6-for-7
from 3-point range, taking charge two days after saying he needed
to do more in the offense. Stojakovic added 18 points and seven
assists, Skinner 14 points and 11 rebounds and Bibby had 11 points,
eight assists and three steals.
After trailing by as many as 21 and getting outrebounded 27-18
in the first half, the Kings pulled to 80-79 heading into the
The Kings looked out of sync on offense early, while giving up
uncontested baskets on defense. They fell behind 46-27 midway
through the second quarter after allowing back-to-back dunks by
Andris Biedrins and Zarko Cabarkapa. Then Richardson made a pretty
no-look, left-handed jumper from close range moments later to cap a
It's hard to silence Sacramento's large contingent of raucous
fans who follow the team on the road, but Golden State's impressive
start did just that.
"There was a lot of energy," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery
said. "You're not going to sustain it the whole way, but it was
nice. This was an important game for us."
Since the addition of Davis at the trading deadline, there's an
energy in this arena not felt for years, no matter that the club
will miss the playoffs for the 11th straight season.
"I think we're going to be tough to beat the rest of the
season, especially for teams fighting for the playoffs," Golden
State's Mike Dunleavy said. "We want to try and ruin a lot of
those teams' chances. That's all we can really play for right
Dunleavy started the game after missing Monday's loss to Houston
with a sprained right ankle.
The Warriors led 57-48 at halftime, but Mobley hit three
straight 3-pointers as the Kings scored nine unanswered points to
keep it close. And Bibby made two 3s in the final 34.6 seconds of
Adelman is two wins shy of 700 career victories. "I've
been in great situations," he said. "When you get close to that,
you want to do it as quickly as you can." The Kings play the
Clippers in Los Angeles on Saturday, then face the Warriors again
Sunday at Arco Arena. ... Golden State F Calbert Cheaney missed his
second straight game with a sprained right ankle. ... There were
only 20 free throws shot. ... The Warriors are 5-5 in March.