In a crucial playoff game against the Sacramento Kings, the Golden State Warriors secured a much-needed win on the road to advance further into the postseason. The Warriors took a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series after defeating the Kings 123-116.
Curry Leads the Way
Stephen Curry led the charge for the Warriors, scoring 31 points and hitting the game-winning layup with only seconds left on the clock. Curry acknowledged the difficulty of winning on the road in a hostile environment and the importance of securing a victory away from home.
The Warriors have now won at least one road game in 28 consecutive playoff series, an NBA record. Despite their struggles on the road during the regular season, the team feels they are a different team than they were a few months ago.
A Balanced Attack
The Warriors had four 20-point scorers in the game, their most in a playoff game in franchise history. Curry was joined by Klay Thompson with 25 points, Draymond Green with 21 points (his first 20-point game since 2019), and Andrew Wiggins with 20 points. Kevon Looney was also a key contributor, adding 20 rebounds.
Gary Payton II’s defense was also crucial in the victory, particularly in limiting Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox. When Payton checked in with 8:20 to go in the second quarter, Fox had 15 points in his first 12 minutes. However, Fox then went 0-of-4 with Payton as his primary defender and finished with 24 points on the night.
Experience in the Playoffs
In the final moments of the game, the Warriors’ experience in the playoffs became apparent. Wiggins, Green, and Thompson all hit crucial shots down the stretch, leading to Curry’s game-winning layup. The team’s experience in a do-or-die situation was evident, and it helped them secure the crucial road victory.
The victory was particularly special for Thompson, Curry, and Green, who have been a part of all 28 series in which the Warriors have gotten a road win. They expressed their appreciation for the accomplishment and the rare feeling of still being on the same team with their longtime teammates.
The Warriors’ victory over the Kings was a crucial one, securing a road win in a hostile environment and taking a 3-2 lead in their playoff series. Despite their struggles on the road during the regular season, the team feels they are a different team now and are ready to keep the momentum going in the postseason.