Kings End Slump with Win over Warriors

By Rob Small, SacMidtown.com

Since their last win at what was called Arco Arena on Feb. 28, the Sacramento Kings lost six games in a row heading into Monday’s game against division rival Golden State Warriors.

The Kings surrendered late leads in both of their previous match-ups, only to lose both games in overtime.

With Warriors fans traveling down from the Bay Area to Power Balance Pavilion the Kings would don their 1951 Rochester Royals uniforms one last time in what could be the last game between both teams in Sacramento. It would be a night fans many wouldn’t forget.

The Kings jumped out to a 19-3 lead less than five minutes into the game. The Kings were powered by the Kings were powered by Marcus Thornton and Samuel Dalembert’s career nights, leading the Warriors by as much as 25 points. Despite the Warriors’ late run from their bench, the Kings dominated the game, winning by a score of 129-119.

Thornton scored a career-high 42 points on 13 for 20 shooting. It was the first 40-point game by a King since Kevin Martin last season. Dalembert had a career-high 27 points along with 16 rebounds and two blocks.

“I thought I defense was very, very important,” Kings coach Paul Westphal aid after the game. “Did a really good job moving the ball in the first quarter, getting the lead and holding on.”

Thornton – who had four steals – was happy to break the team’s six-game losing streak and also emphasized defense.

“We came out with a defensive mentality,” Thornton said. “Defense was a staple of the game. We’ve been playing good defense but at the end of games we’ve been having a lot of stiffness. So we tried to start it off right this time.”

Player of the Week

It’s amazing how 10 games into his career as a King, Thornton has a 42 point performance and has been a consistent scorer during his time in Sacramento. In the past four games, he has averaged 25 points, 3.75 rebounds, 3.75 assists and 2.25 steals per game.

Overall, he is averaging 22.2 points per game since joining the Kings. Not bad for a new guy.

Rookie Performance

Only 20-years-old, Cousins has proven that he has a bright future ahead of him. He’s averaged 18.75 points and 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in the span of four games.

Halfway through the month, he is averaging 19.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, four assists, 1.7 steals and one block per game. At this rate, Cousins could take the Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors, which have belonged to the L.A. Clippers’ Blake Griffin since the start of the season.

Play of the Week

The Kings’ performance in last night’s game against the Warriors.

What’s Next?

There are only seven more home games left in the season. The Kings will have home games against the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow night and the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. The Kings will start a five-game road trip afterwards, starting with a back-to-back games against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday and the Chicago Bulls on Monday.

Tonight at 5:30 p.m., Here We Stay will rally in front of Old City Hall to show the Sacramento City Council that they support keeping the Kings in Sacramento.

The Kings are also assisting the Japan earthquake relief efforts. Kings fans can donate money to the Red Cross and participate in a silent auction during this week’s at Power Balance Pavilion to the Red Cross during this week’s Kings game.

Donations up to $5,000 will be matched by Maloof Sports & Entertainment.

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2 Comments for “Kings End Slump with Win over Warriors”

  1. The Kings suck and Sacramento is filled with nothing but a bunch of toothless close minded government workers who are on W-2s. They also think their CALPERS retirement program is sooooo awesome when in fact their retirement is filled with nothing but a bunch of toxic CDOs. Sacramento can rot for all I care.

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