Stephen Curry scores 36 as Warriors slip by Kings

Stephen Curry finished with 36 points and added 10 assists to lead the Golden State Warriors to a close victory over the Sacramento Kings, 115-113. The Warriors were on fire, finishing 42-82 (51.2%) from the field, including 15-25 (60.0%) from beyond the arc. Golden State (10-8) picked up the win after falling to Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.

Curry went 14-24 (5-8 from three-point range) in a quality performance offensively. Despite the loss, DeMarcus Cousins put up 24 points for Sacramento on 10-13 shooting from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line. Isaiah Thomas chipped in 19 points and 8 assists, Patrick Patterson finished with 18 points and 7 rebounds, and Jason Thompson put up 10 points and 7 rebounds.

Like the metrics suggested, the sweet-stroking offense of Golden State was able to scorch the nets (60.4% eFG%) against the bottom-tier defense of Sacramento, which ranks fourth-worst in the league in eFG% defense at 52.4%. The Warriors combined an eFG% of 60.4% with 60.0% 3-point shooting. They are 6-1 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Kings, on the other hand, are winless (0-4) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.

Sacramento (4-11) has now dropped their last 4 straight games.

Coming up, the Warriors battle the Toronto Raptors, who are 6-10 on the season. The Kings match up with the Oklahoma City Thunder, currently sitting at 11-3 this year.