SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 25 points, Buddy Hield added 19 and the Sacramento Kings routed the Golden State Warriors 100-79 on Sunday night.
The Kings won for the fourth time in five games and shook off a disappointing home loss Friday to the lowly New York Knicks. They shot a season-best 60% from the field and beat the Warriors for just the fourth time in the past 25 games between the teams dating to the 2013-14 season.
Sacramento improved to 12-14, holding Golden State to 39% shooting.
The Warriors have lost eight of nine to fall to 5-23. Golden State was 6 of 25 shots from 3-point and matched its season-low for points in a game. Willie Cauley-Stein, facing his former team, led the Warriors with 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting.
Sacramento ended all doubt after halftime, outscoring Golden State 28-17 for the third quarter.
The Kings are on a nice roll, Friday’s defeat notwithstanding, and things could get better as point guard De’Aaron Fox appears close to returning from a severely sprained ankle.
With small forward Eric Paschall missing a second consecutive game with hip soreness, the Warriors shuffled things and trotted out their 14th different starting lineup in 28 games.
Damion Lee got the nod at shooting guard — his first career start as a Warrior – and Glenn Robinson III slid back to small forward. Lee gave Golden State a boost with 10 points in the first half, but the Kings led 51-42 at the break.
Kings: F Marvin Bagley III has played center since returning from a broken thumb two games ago, and coach Luke Walton said he envisions that continuing for the foreseeable future. Walton cited the Kings’ success playing “small-ball” recently, and he thinks Bagley can be more effective in the pick-and-roll at the center spot.
Warriors: Surprisingly, Golden State’s 18 points in the first quarter weren’t a season-low for the opening period. That came Oct. 30 with 14 vs. Phoenix. … F Eric Paschall missed his second game in a row with left hip soreness, but coach Steve Kerr anticipates the rookie returning Wednesday against Portland.
Kings: At Charlotte on Tuesday night,
Warriors: At Portland on Wednesday night.