The Golden State Warriors held the Sacramento Kings to just 27 points in the first half en route to their best defensive night of the season Friday night, completing a season sweep of the Kings with a crushing 102-69 win at Oracle Arena.
It was also the fewest points scored in a game this season by the Kings (27-49), who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
With the win, the Warriors (47-29) make up a game on the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference playoff chase, moving to within 1 ½ games of Portland after the Blazers lost at home to Phoenix.
It was as complete a beating as one will find. The Warriors led 59-27 at halftime and by as much as 42 points early in the second half.
For the Kings, the first half was one of their most futile in franchise history, at least since the NBA instituted the 24-second shot clock in 1954. It’s their lowest output in a first half since tying a franchise record with 23 points in the first 24 minutes on Jan. 14, 2012, at Dallas. The Kings originally set the franchise mark with a 23-point first half at San Antonio on Nov. 2, 2007.
The Warriors tied a franchise mark for the fewest points allowed in a first half. They also held the Nuggets to 27 points in the first half of a Dec. 26, 1997, game in Denver.
Golden State’s best defensive half in franchise history was on Dec. 11, 1999, when they held the Timberwolves to 21 points in the second half.
The 33-point margin is also the second-largest margin of victory for the Warriors over the Kings, topped only by a 153-91 Warriors win on Nov. 2, 1991, at what was then known as Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena.
Sacramento shot just 17.9 percent (7-for-39) in the first half and made just one 3-pointer in the entire game.
Seven Warriors scored in double figures, led by Klay Thompson, who scored 21 points. Andre Iguodala, who was a game-time decision, did start and played 17 minutes after missing Wednesday’s loss at San Antonio with a sore knee. The Warriors were still without center Andrew Bogut (pelvis/groin contusion) power forward David Lee (strained right hamstring).
Harrison Barnes added 15 points, Jermaine O’Neal and Stephen Curry scored 13 points each, with Curry adding five assists, Marreese Speights finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Jordan Crawford scored 11 points and Draymond Green went for 10 points and 10 boards.
Sacramento was 25-for-78 (32.1 percent) overall, 1-for-10 (10 percent) from 3-point range and 18-for-25 (72 percent) from the free-throw line. Golden State was 42-for-93 (45.2 percent), 10-for-30 (33.3 percent) and 8-for-12 (66.7 percent).
The Warriors hammered the Kings on the glass, 57-44, and dominated in the paint, outscoring Sacramento 54-28. Golden State also picked up 18 points off 16 Kings turnovers, while Sacramento converted 13 Warrior miscues into just four points.
The Warriors are home again Sunday at 6 p.m. when they host the Utah Jazz. The Kings return home to host the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at 3 p.m.