Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/16

Game 1: Thursday, November 16th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 12th
Game 3: Saturday, December 30th
Game 4: Friday, April 13th

Kings 113

(9-11, 2-7 away)

Warriors 126

(11-11, 10-5 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    7:30 PM ET, December 12, 2006

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 25 29 29 30113
    GS 32 36 27 31126

    Top Performers

    Sac: K. Martin 32 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    GS: M. Barnes 32 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Barnes, Biedrins lead Warriors victory over Kings  

    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.

    Barnes set career highs with 32 points and 11 rebounds, and Andris Biedrins added 20 points and 14 rebounds in the sharp-shooting Warriors' 126-113 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

    Elias Says
    Andris Biedrins
    The Warriors jumped out to an early lead over the Kings and ran to a 126-113 victory in Oakland. And while Matt Barnes had career highs of 32 points and 11 rebounds, the Elias Says Player Of The Night has to be Andris Biedrins.

    Biedrins scored 20 points and had 14 rebounds, shooting 7-for-7 from the floor and 6-for-6 from the foul line. No player in NBA history had ever had a game in which he had as many points and as many rebounds, with perfect shooting from both the floor and the line (minimums: five field-goal attempts and five free-throw attempts).

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    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 the summer."

    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 53-percent shooting.

    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 Mike Dunleavy.

    "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.

    Kevin Martin scored 32 points and Ron Artest had 22 for the Kings, who lost their fourth straight road game. Golden State tied Sacramento's franchise record for 3s allowed in a game.

    "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.

    Mike Bibby finished with 16 points and John Salmons had 18 points and 10 assists as the Kings had a season-high 26 assists, but shot poorly and failed to stop Golden State's active offense.

    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 seven points.

    "Obviously, we're not playing very good defensively, collectively and individually," coach Eric Musselman said. "There is a concern."

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 113 126
    FGM-FGA 35-82 (.427) 43-81 (.531)
    3PM-3PA 10-32 (.313) 15-27 (.556)
    FTM-FTA 33-41 (.805) 25-36 (.694)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-43 12-44
    Assists 26 33
    Turnovers 15 12
    Steals 9 10
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 21 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (2/1) 24 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 6 19

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Kevin Martin Martin
    Points: 32
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Matt Barnes Barnes
    Points: 32
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1