Omri Casspi turned into Omni Casspi for a night, but it wasn’t near enough to deal a rare defeat to the Golden State Warriors.
Though the Kings held the lead for a good chunk of the game, Steph Curry eventually heated up, while DeMarcus Cousins had a meltdown. Sacramento led 66-64 when Boogie picked up a touch foul, his fifth, and lost his cool:
And now DeMarcus Cousins gets ejected. pic.twitter.com/m5pAfUAMte
— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) December 29, 2015
Steph tied the game with the two technical free throws to start a 15-0 run that effectively ended the game. Casspi’s career-high 36 points, propelled by 9-12 from downtown, just weren’t enough to overcome a barrage of threes (20-42) from the seasoned champs.
Klay Thompson led the way for Golden State with 29 points and Draymond Green hit 5-7 threes en route to 25 points, eight boards and four dimes. Curry didn’t have a monster night scoring, so he finished with a triple double instead (23/14/10).
Some Golden State fun facts:
-The last three teams to pour in 20 threes in a game were all the Warriors (Game 4 in Houston, November versus Phoenix, and tonight)
-They finish the year 2015 with just one regular season loss in Oracle, a wacky game all the back on January 27th against the Bulls. Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy and Andrew Bogut all sat with injuries that forced Chicago to play super big (with Nikola Mirotic at small forward) and Golden State to play super small (it was one of the key games that led to the now-famous Draymond-at-center lineup). Golden State went frigid from beyond the arc after halftime and Derrick Rose, despite 11 turnovers, led the Bulls to victory with a game winning jumper over Thompson. Since that loss, the Warriors are 33-0 at home in the regular season.