Kings Eliminate Warriors from Playoff Contention

Written by: Miles Jordan

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Kings Eliminate Warriors from Playoff Contention

The Sacramento Kings defeated the Golden State Warriors 118-94 in the Western Conference's No. 9 vs. No. 10 seed play-in matchup.

Sacramento was led by forward Keegan Murray, who recorded 32 points, eight three-pointers, and nine rebounds. All five of the Kings’ starters scored over 15 points, and Domantas Sabonis was three assists from a triple-double, recording 16 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists.

The Warriors once again were led by Steph Curry, who led his team in scoring with 22 points, however his counterpart Klay Thompson was non existent, scoring zero points, going 0-10 from the field, and 0-6 from beyond the arc. The Warriors shot 31.2% from three-point range as a team, compared to Sacramento’s 46.2% from long range. With Klay Thompson entering free agency this summer, many wonder if the Warrior's play-in loss will end an era for Klay in the Bay Area.

Golden State was outplayed in every aspect of the game, recording seven fewer offensive rebounds, nine fewer assists, five fewer steals, and eight more turnovers, and shot 78.3% from the charity stripe compared to Sacramento’s 93.3%. The Kings will advance to face the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, April 19, for the No. 8 seed in the NBA Playoffs.