For the third straight game, the Sacramento Kings suffered a total collapse of execution in the fourth quarter as they fell to the Golden State Warriors 107-119 Sunday evening at the Golden 1 Center. The loss dropped the team to a disappointing 1-2 mark on this early season.
For three entertaining quarters, the Kings and Warriors treated the fans to a playoff-like atmosphere as the two teams traded buckets at a furious pace. Sacramento trailed by just two points going into the final frame, but Golden State then quickly established themselves as the composed team, while the Kings bumbled their way to another frustrating defeat.
Sacramento committed 19 turnovers that led to 29 Golden State points.
Meanwhile, the Warriors had just six turnovers as the Kings recorded zero steals for the game. Just 48 hours earlier, they had 15 steals against the Utah Jazz. A total lack of aggression Sunday night.
One bright moment was the play of rookie Davion Mitchell. The defensive Stallworth changed up his focus and dropped a career-high 22 points on 9-16 shooting, including 3-6 from deep. Unfortunately, the Kings would have preferred his defense and toughness this evening.
Harrison Barnes continued his solid play recording 24 points and seven rebounds. De’Aaron Fox’s final numbers may have looked good, as he finished with 17 points, five rebounds, and six assists, but he was a total non-factor throughout the game and has really struggled in the early season. His seven turnovers and 1-6 on three-pointers makes one wonder if the team would have been better tonight with him off the court. His inability to lead the squad in late games is really becoming concerning. This year.
Sacramento will have a couple days to dwell on their past two home court failures, before they hit the road to face the defending Western Conference Champion Phoenix Suns Wednesday night.