The Sacramento Kings won their first game tonight in their home opener, and defeated a Golden State Warriors team that played hard until the final seconds of the game. DeMarcus Cousins had his most effective game this year scoring 23 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks and only having 2 fouls. Marcus Thornton had a great night scoring 16 points off the bench.
If the Kings continue to play defense and continue to improve their offense, Marcus Thornton could be the NBA’s sixth man front-runner. Although Thornton comes off the bench, he is the Kings leading scorer. This is what the Kings need from Thornton, while tonight provides a positive outlook as to what the team could be.
Aaron Brooks also emerged from the bench to have his best night as a King, scoring 12 points on 5-8 shooting while adding 2 assists. While Tyreke Evans and Jason Thompson didn’t have the most effective night scoring the ball, they both provided tough nosed defense and helped a Kings team continue to develop.
The Golden State Warriors never quit in a game that came down to the last possession. With Andrew Bogut continuing to get back to his game shape, The Warriors were able to find their offense in Klay Thompson and David Lee. Thompson is going to be an elite NBA player if continues to play at this level, while David Lee will only get better as Bogut continues to regain his game shape, opening the floor for the talented Lee. Stephen Curry had an off-night from the field going 3-15. When this Warriors lineup is healthy and they learn to play together within a system; they will be a contender in the Western Conference.
The Sacramento Kings play the Warriors three more times this season once in mid-December, and twice again in March. The Kings next 11 out of 14 games are at home and play Detroit and then San Antonio on this current home stand.