Plenty of positive vibes surrounded the San Jose visiting locker room following the Sacramento Kings 105-96 preseason loss to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night at the SAP Center.
Despite falling to 0-2 in the exhibition schedule, Sacramento look much improved on the defensive end and the physical play, coming from Matt Barnes seemed to create a much welcomed spark off the Kings’ bench.
Sacramento led the star-studded Warriors, playing in their third test of the preseason, 55-50 at halftime. The game was tied at 78 as both teams emptied their bench to play their younger players to play the fourth quarter.
DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 20 minutes of play. He also pulled down six rebounds and recorded four steals.
Garett Temple had 13 points and Barnes, playing for the first time in the preseason, scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds off the Kings’ bench.
Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while Stephen Curry netted 13 points in 25 minutes of play.
Head coach Dave Joerger started Ty Lawson at the point guard position in place of usual Kings starter Darren Collison, who did not play. Joerger will rely strongly on Lawson to begin the season due to Collison serving an eight game suspension for pleading guilty to domestic battery in the offseason.