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Warriors remain in hunt for playoff spot after win in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Warriors continue to chase for a playoff spot after beating the Sacramento Kings 119-97 on Friday night.

Klay Thompson scored 29 points and Stephen Curry added 25 as the Warriors clinched only their 10th road win of the season.

Coach Steve Kerr said there was “no excuse” prior to the game for the Warriors to let their guard down against the Kings, who were without several key players after securing a playoff spot more than a week ago.

De’Aaron Fox, Domantas Sabonis, Malik Monk and Kevin Huerter all sat out, according to coach Mike Brown’s decision. But the Warriors still struggled through sloppy play for most of the game. The Warriors took the lead 32–16 after the first quarter, but careless turnovers from Golden State and hot-shooting from the home team opened the door for the Kings to climb back into the game.

Golden State managed to go into halftime leading by five, though it could have been a lot worse if the Kings had better taken advantage of the Warriors’ 12 turnovers in the first half.

From the break, the Kings kept the Warriors on their toes, but the visitors held on. Thompson buried a corner 3 with 7:05 left in the game to give the Warriors a 20-point lead.

Kerr began to pull his starters with 4:22 left in the game.

Kevon Looney scored 13 rebounds in the first two quarters, the most he’s had in half of his career. He finished the night with 16 rebounds, seven assists and six points. Donte DiVincenzo contributed 18 points on 7 of 10 shootings to go with his eight assists and six rebounds.

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