OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The tattoo on Matt Barnes' shoulder reads
"Sac Town's Finest," and the Golden State forward certainly was
better than anything his hometown team had to offer.
With Jason Richardson and Troy Murphy sidelined by injuries,
Golden State reduced its game to basics: A six-man rotation, Baron
Davis' playmaking and an outstanding performance by Barnes, who
briefly played for the Kings before being included in Chris
Webber's trade to Philadelphia.
Barnes beat stiff odds to make the Warriors' roster this fall,
then played his way into coach Don Nelson's confidence. That hard
work culminated in the best game of his career, including six of
the Warriors' 15 3-pointers.
"That felt good, especially doing it against Sacramento," said
Barnes, whose 3-pointers also were his career high. "It's always
fun to play against guys that I know, and that I work out with in
Davis had 14 points and 13 assists for the Warriors, who won for
just the second time in seven games by consistently outhustling
their Northern California rivals, then backing it up with
The clubs met Nov. 16 in Oakland, with Golden State winning
117-102 behind Davis' 36 points and 18 assists. Sacramento again
had trouble stopping Davis' dribble penetration in the rematch, and
his Golden State teammates added plenty of perimeter scoring.
Richardson missed his fifth straight game with bruises on his
surgically repaired left knee, while Murphy sat out with soreness
in his left foot. So Nelson didn't make a substitution in the first
quarter, and gave significant minutes only to his five starters and
"We had six guys in double figures, and we needed it," Nelson
said. "I'm very happy for Matt Barnes. He played an all-around
game, but the 3 has really made him something special."
Mickael Pietrus scored 21 points with four 3-pointers, and Monta
Ellis added 16 points with three 3-pointers. Dunleavy had 20
points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Warriors, who host
Houston on Thursday night before a six-game East Coast trip.
"We've been struggling, and we've got to get hot before we go
out of town," Barnes said.
Barnes surpassed his previous career high on a 3-pointer with
8:19 to play as Golden State rebuffed the final second-half run by
the Kings, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.
"My goodness," Artest said when he saw Barnes' point total.
"I guess that's something I need to work on, guarding Baron Davis
and Matt Barnes at the same time."
Still, Artest remains positive despite the Kings' slump with
upcoming games against Utah, Phoenix and Dallas.
Bibby, who seemed displeased when his name came up in rumors
about the Kings' interest in trading for Allen Iverson, missed nine
of his first 10 shots before hitting a 3-pointer late in the third
quarter during an 11-2 run that trimmed Golden State's lead to
"Obviously, we're not playing very good defensively,
collectively and individually," coach Eric Musselman said. "There
is a concern."
Biedrins, a notoriously poor free-throw shooter, went
6-for-6. He also went 7-for-7 from the field. ... The Kings haven't
led in the first quarter of any road game this season. ... The
Warriors visit Arco Arena on Dec. 30, and then the clubs don't meet
again until the final days of the regular season. ... Kings G Jason
Hart fouled out in just 13 minutes of action.