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Warriors beat Kings 98-87

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 3, 2013 at 1:32 am •  Published: November 3, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The NBA's highest-scoring team can play a little defense, too.

But scoring is still what the Golden State Warriors do best.

Klay Thompson had a game-high 27 points and Stephen Curry had five 3-pointers among his 22 points Saturday night to lead the Warriors to a 98-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Averaging a league-best 120 points per game entering the night, the Warriors turned up their defense in the first meeting this season between the Northern California rivals. Golden State forced 14 turnovers and limited Sacramento to 34.5 percent shooting from the field, the lowest in the NBA so far this season.

"Our defense is what won us the game," Thompson said. "And it helped with a lot of opportunities on offense. Any time you get a stop, it's easier to score on the other end."

Golden State's backcourt duo once again made scoring look easy with their streak shooting from long range, allowing the Warriors to build their biggest lead at 71-44 midway through the third quarter on Curry's pull-up 3-pointer.

After combining for 46 points on 17-of-26 shooting from the field through three quarters, Thompson and Curry mostly watched from the bench in the final period while Warriors' reserves finished off the lopsided victory that wasn't as close as the final score.

Golden State's lead never fell below 16 points in the fourth quarter until Sacramento reserves ended the game with a 13-4 run in the final minutes, handing Sacramento's Michael Malone a loss in his first game as a head coach in what's becoming a heated rivalry. Malone, in his first year leading the Kings, was a Golden State assistant the past two seasons.

David Lee had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors (2-1), who shot 51.3 percent from the field. Curry handed out 12 assists, setting up Thompson several times on the perimeter.

Thompson followed his career-high 38 points in Golden State's season-opening victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday with another high-scoring effort that had a sellout crowd roaring at Oracle Arena. His hot hand opened space for Curry.

"We feed off each other a lot," Curry said. "Klay's a great shooter, and when he has that extra touch in his shot, you notice it and try to get him looks, and it makes our job easier when other teams have to really key in on him and it opens up the floor for us. It's always fun to see him shooting the ball like he has in the first three games."

Curry, who on Thursday became the fifth player in NBA history to make nine 3-pointers in a game three times in his career, threatened early to do it again.

He made four 3s while scoring 17 points in the first half, keying a 13-2 run late in the second quarter that gave Sacramento its largest lead of the first half at 49-28. The Warriors scored 17 points in the final 4 minutes of the half.

"They are two great, great shooters," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. "That's who they are and it's amazing. They have an incredible gift and it's a beautiful thing. And I thought our defense was outstanding. We did an outstanding job of being aggressive and taking their home-run hitters out of the equation."

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