Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Recap: Warriors 83, Kings 67

There will be no repeat for the Sacramento Kings at the NBA Summer League.
The Kings were hoping to go back-to-back in Las Vegas. But the defending champions went ice-cold offensively in the second half, managing just four third-quarter points and eventually falling to the Golden State Warriors 83-67 Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center in the opening round of the Summer League playoffs.
The Warriors (2-2), who were seeded 12th, will advance to Thursday's second round and will face the New York Knicks, who are the No. 5 seed, at 1:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack.
The Kings (1-3) will play Miami in a consolation game at 1:30 p.m. Friday also in the Thomas & Mack.
Rematches are rare in the NBA Summer League, especially when it involves rivals.
The Kings defeated the Warriors 90-71 Monday and 48 hours later, they were back at it again. Only this time, Golden State turned the tables on their Northern California neighbors as James Michael McAdoo scored 20 points and LaDonte Henton added 18 to help the Warriors advance.
Sacramento started its week in Las Vegas slowly, losing its first two. But Summer League coach John Welch figured out his rotation and began playing David Stockton and David Wear more minutes and the moves paid off.
Stockton, the son of Hall of Fame John Stockton, played three games for the Kings last year after spending most of the season with the Reno Bighorns in the NBA Development League. But in Las Vegas, Stockton showed he could compete at this level of the NBA. He scored 17 points and had four assists in 27 minutes against the Warriors Wednesday.
Wear, a 6-foot-10 second-year pro from UCLA, had 13 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes as Welch played Wear alongside highly-touted rookie Willie Cauley-Stein and former Pac-12 foe Eric Moreland, who played at Oregon State.
The Kings led by as many as 13 in the second quarter and were still ahead 47-40 at halftime as the Warriors struggled to get any offense besides that from McAdoo. McAdoo, who has led Golden State in scoring during the Summer League, had 11 of his 20 points in the first half. But only Chasson Randle managed to come close to matching McAdoo's output, as he had seven first-half points for the Warriors, who shot just 40 percent from the floor while allowing Sacramento to hit 55 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
But something clicked in and the Warriors come out hot to start the third quarter. Golden State reeled off 15 unanswered points to take a 55-47 lead over the first six minutes as McAdoo and Henton showed the way. The Kings didn't score in the third quarter until just 3:06 remained and Moreland made two free throws. Sacramento finished the third period having been outscored 20-4 and trailed the Warriors 60-51 heading into the fourth.
The Golden State lead would grow to 76-58 with just over four minutes to go in the fourth quarter as the Warriors were in complete command and kept their hopes for recapturing the Summer League title they won in 2013 alive in 2015.

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