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Warriors rout Kings 102-69, sweep season series

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 12:56 am •  Published: April 5, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After reserve Marreese Speights finished a one-handed dunk over Travis Outlaw in the fourth quarter, teammates Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry jumped off the Golden State Warriors' bench and ran onto the floor in celebration.

Speights stood at half court and encouraged the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 — or what was left of it, anyway — by waving his arms in the air. His teammates laughed, and so did almost everybody in the arena.

Everybody, that is, except the Sacramento Kings.

Klay Thompson scored 21 points, Curry had 13 points and five assists and the Warriors moved closer to securing a playoff berth by routing the Kings 102-69 on Friday night.

"It was loud in there and my teammates were all the way on the court," said Speights, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds. "It was good to see support like that."

The Warriors led 59-27 at halftime and 75-33 early in the third quarter, turning the game into a laugher. It was the fewest points Golden State has allowed this season and the fewest points Sacramento has scored.

Not only did the Warriors (47-29) match last season's win total, they also gained ground in the Western Conference playoff race. Golden State moved within 1½ games of fifth-place Portland with six games to play after the Trail Blazers lost to Phoenix.

"I just got a feeling we'll win more games than we did last year," Warriors coach Mark Jackson joked. "I got a strong feeling about that."

DeMarcus Cousins finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Rudy Gay scored 10 points for the rebuilding Kings (27-49), who looked lost and lethargic against their Northern California rivals.

Golden State outshot the Kings 44.7 percent to 32.1 percent, which was a season low by a Warriors' opponent and a season low for Sacramento. The Warriors also outrebounded the Kings 58-44 and forced 16 turnovers to sweep the season series (4-0) for the first time since going 5-0 against Sacramento in 1991-92.

"We were tentative. I thought we played soft for long stretches," Kings coach Michael Malone said. "We were not aggressive, we were very hesitant and they had us on our heels."

The Warriors crushed the Kings even while playing without starting center Andrew Bogut and power forward David Lee. It was the fifth straight game Lee has missed because of a strained right hamstring and the fourth game in a row Bogut has sat out with a bruise in his pelvis and groin area.

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