Scot Pollard came off the bench to contribute season highs with 15 points and 12 rebounds and fellow reserve Jim Jackson had 14 and eight assists as Sacramento’s bench outscored Golden State’s reserves, 66-10.
“Sometimes in a long season, it is hard for the starters to bring that effort every night,” said Pollard, who notched his first double-double in just his 10th game of an injury-plagued season. “Sometimes it takes one or two more guys to come in and provide that energy and we did that tonight.
The Kings’ starters totaled 51 points, marking the first time since April 18, 2001 that the reserves outscored the starters.
Former Warrior Chris Webber chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds and Vlade Divac added 12 and eight as the Kings extended their winning streak over Golden State to 14 games. They have not lost in the series since December 20, 1999 and have won 31 of the last 37 meetings.
“The second unit played better defense and rebounded the ball and we had a lot of easy opportunities and fast breaks,” Divac said. “They looked great. It’s great to see Scot playing well and getting rebounds.”
Sacramento remained 4 1/2 games behind Dallas for the best record in the NBA.
Golden State has lost five of its last seven games overall and is four games behind Houston for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
“They are another team that things they have a chance to make it into the playoffs so they have it in their heads that they are fighting for more than we are,” Pollard said. “But we proved it to them tonight that we are playing for more than they are and we got the win.”
The Warriors played without starting forward Troy Murphy, who sat out with a bruised right knee, forcing them to change their starting lineup for the first time this season.
After a tight first half, Sacramento opened the third quarter with a 10-1 spurt to take a 66-52 lead with 9:21 left.
But Arenas got hot, scoring 13 points in a 23-6 run that gave Golden State a 75-72 advantage with 3:47 to go in the quarter.
“When I feel like we are down and we need a spark, I usually do the same thing (score),” Arenas said. “I couldn’t get it going in the fourth. We came out with a lot of confidence in the beginning and we weren’t going to let them bully us like they usually do the last 13 times we’ve played.”
The Kings, with mostly reserves on the floor, responded by outscoring the Warriors, 38-10, over the final 3:35 of the third quarter and the first 8:52 of fourth to go up, 110-85, with 3:07 remaining.
“(The Warriors) played good in the first half. We had to pick up the intensity in the second half,” Jackson said. “The second squad really picked it up for us and did a great job. We just continued to attack Golden State. We know they were not a good defensive team. So we just wanted to attack them like they attacked us.”
Sacramento placed seven players in double figures for the second straight game.
Keon Clark scored 12 points for the Kings, who shot 46.5 percent (46-of-99) from the field, including 10-of-20 from the arc. They also grabbed 66 total rebounds and 21 offensive boards, both season highs.
“We knew we had to rebound and if we did we knew we would win the game,” Jackson said. “I think this is the first time this year that we beat them in the rebounding category, so it helps a lot,” Divac added.
Rookie Mike Dunleavy had 15 points and seven rebounds, Jason Richardson added 14 points and Erick Dampier 13 and 11 rebounds but the Warriors were held under 100 points for the second straight game after reaching the century mark in their previous six contests.
Golden State shot 36 percent (34-of-94) as it connected on just 5-of-18 from the arc.