The Warriors suffered their 13th straight loss to the Kings, a 102-80 setback in which they posted their lowest home point total of the season.
“They’re probably the best team in the league right now,” Golden State coach Eric Musselman said. “Guess what? This isn’t the first time the Warriors have lost to the Kings. That’s 13 straight, so no news flash there, right?”
Golden State had won eight of its previous 12 games and clearly was not the same team that has lost at least 60 games each of the last three seasons. But the Warriors have not defeated the Kings since December 20, 1999.
“This is a big game for them if they beat us,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said. “And if they beat us, they’d be on a pretty good roll. But we just talked about how big a game it was for us.”
Sacramento avoided a third consecutive road loss.
“When we played the Grizzlies, we played for Mike (Bibby),” said Webber, who started his career with the Warriors. “When we play the Lakers, we play for Vlade, and when we play here, we play for me. And the team comes prepared and we have extra incentive to play here and they don’t want me to be disappointed. They don’t want me to lose here, and it’s a battle of the bay. … I do feel like this is my gym.”
The Warriors have lost all three meetings with the Kings this season by an average of 16 points.
Divac and Webber scored 10 points each to give Sacramento a 32-21 lead after one quarter. Golden State opened the second period with a 9-1 run to get within three points.
“I was afraid that if we let them hang around, they’d take advantage of it,” Divac said.
The Kings did not let the Warriors hang around and responded with a 9-0 burst. That kicked off a 16-minute stretch in which they outscored Golden State, 41-17. Stojakovic scored 14 points during the extended spurt as Sacramento built a 74-47 advantage with 3:43 left in the third quarter.
“To have it at two and then knowing that you have to come out from the get-go and be ready to play and to let them go on a big run was difficult,” Warriors forward Antawn Jamison said. “It knocked the life out of us.”
The Kings led by as many as 28 points.
Celebrating his 22nd birthday, Jason Richardson scored 15 points in the first quarter and led the Warriors with 28.
“I wasn’t happy about my game,” Richardson said. “I performed pretty well individually, but the main goal is to win the game, and I can’t be happy that I played good. We didn’t play good as a team and I’m not satisfied with the way we played overall.”
Troy Murphy added 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Warriors, but Jamison finished with seven points, failing to reach double figures for just the third time this season.
“We know what he likes to do,” Webber said of Jamison. “When you can control the other guys, it lessens his impact and he’s their No. 1 option. We’d rather have someone else score 25 to 30 than have him do it because he can do it and keep other people involved. So we really made him the focus.”
As part of its slide against Sacramento, Golden State has lost seven straight home games. The Warriors drew their largest crowd of the season, 19,871, but many came in busloads from Sacramento.
“It was amazing,” Adelman said. “I couldn’t believe when they introduced us, we got a bigger ovation than they did. It’s been that way every time but not like today. I was really surprised that they started chanting for Gerald (Wallace). I usually get that in Sacramento. And that started here early. It definitely didn’t seem like a road game.”
When Wallace entered in the fourth quarter, he scored two points and grabbed two rebounds in seven minutes.