Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/16

Game 1: Sunday, October 16th
Warriors99Final
Kings114

Warriors 99

(2-2, 2-2 away)

Kings 114

(2-1, 1-1 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    6:00 PM ET, October 16, 2005

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 28 20 28 2399
    SAC 34 31 30 19114

    Sacramento 114, Golden State 99

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Coach Rick Adelman figured his Sacramento Kings needed an impressive win, and Baron Davis actually was pleased his Golden State Warriors took a convincing defeat.

    Peja Stojakovic and Kevin Martin scored 15 points apiece, and Kenny Thomas had 11 points and nine rebounds in Sacramento's 114-99 exhibition victory Sunday night.

    Bonzi Wells added 11 points for the Kings, who jumped out to a 19-point lead in the second quarter and stretched it to 23 shortly after halftime while making more than 60 percent of their shots. Sacramento's up-tempo offense was impressive, with Wells and Shareef Abdur-Rahim taking on more of the Kings' aggressive mind-set with each preseason game.

    Though Adelman has preached an increased commitment to defense this fall, he still wants his players to work just as hard on offense -- and against young, fast teams like Golden State, they had a good chance to prove that commitment on the fly.

    "We had a day off (Saturday), so our players were ready to play them," Adelman said. "We played with a lot of energy. The top 10-11 guys all got a good run in and played well."

    Davis had 22 points and six assists in the Warriors' first exhibition game back on the mainland after training camp and two games against the Lakers in Hawaii. Troy Murphy had 15 points and eight rebounds as the Warriors played without guard Jason Richardson, who missed the game for personal reasons.

    Coach Mike Montgomery thought the Warriors played sub-par defense and struggled to match Sacramento's intensity, though Davis played with all of his usual fire.

    "It's good that we got kicked tonight," Davis said. "It lets us know where we stand, and know that we've still got to keep working hard."

    Adelman showed he would rather develop depth and chemistry than rush to choose a starting power forward. After Thomas started the exhibition opener against Dallas, Abdur-Rahim started Friday's victory over the Clippers -- and both forwards started against the Warriors, with center Brad Miller coming off the bench and sitting out the second half to rest.

    "I thought it was a good idea to get Shareef and Kenny on the court at the same time," Adelman said. "There's a lot of times we can play those guys together. They both can pass and shoot. They play well in practice together."

    The Kings look deep behind Wells, with rookie Francisco Garcia adding 13 in addition to Martin's solid effort.

    Andris Biedrins, the Warriors' 19-year-old Latvian big man, had three points in 16 minutes. Golden State coach Mike Montgomery hopes the youngster is ready to play significant minutes as a backup to center Adonal Foyle, particularly while rookie Ike Diogu is out with a broken hand.

    Rookie forward Chris Taft, who missed much of training camp and the Warriors' first two exhibitions with a strained groin, made his Golden State debut with four points in eight minutes.

    Mickael Pietrus started in Richardson's spot, scoring eight points. Pietrus' knees and ankles were covered in ice wraps after the game, a product of a long offseason playing for the French national team in the European championships.

    "I'm still getting my body into shape," Pietrus said. "I'm going to keep practicing hard, but I've got to find a way to get some rest."

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