Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors found their offense in time to keep their perfect record.
Curry scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half, and the Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings 103-94 last night to extend their unbeaten record.
Golden State (7-0) is off to its best start since moving to the West Coast. The defending NBA champions are two wins away from matching the Philadelphia Warriors’ 9-0 franchise-best start in 1960-61.
The Warriors were averaging nearly 118 points coming into the night, but they were held to a season-low total. They shot 41 percent overall and missed 31 of 39 3-point attempts.
“We couldn’t get our shots to go in tonight – it happens,” interim coach Luke Walton said. “But we found a way to grind it out. We had some wide open looks that wouldn’t go down. It was one of those random nights.”
It certainly was an unusual night for Curry, who was averaging 35.5 points on 56.9 percent shooting coming into the game. He was 8 for 18 from the field, including a 2-for-10 performance from 3-point range, but managed to score some big baskets in the second half.
Klay Thompson scored 18 points and Andre Iguodala had 14 for Golden State, which has won 74 of its last 89 games dating to last season. Harrison Barnes scored 13 points on 4-for-17 shooting.
Marco Bellinelli and Rudy Gay each scored 22 points for the Kings, losers of five straight. Rajon Rondo had 14 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists for his 23rd career regular-season triple double, and Kosta Koufos finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Sacramento played without leading scorer and rebounder DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles strain) for a fourth straight game, while Darren Collison was sidelined by a hamstring strain.
The Kings were 6-17 last season without Cousins, who has career averages of 18.9 points and 10.6 rebounds.