LOS ANGELES: Stephen Curry cooled off but that didn’t stop the NBA champion Golden State Warriors from reeling off their seventh straight win to open the season, a 103-94 triumph over the Kings in Sacramento on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Curry came into the contest riding a wave of four straight games of 30 points or more but settled for 24 in his worst shooting night of the fledgling season.
The reigning Most Valuable Player missed his first eight shots from three-point range, but his first three-pointer proved key, putting the Warriors ahead 81-79 with 5:43 to play.
He finished by connecting on eight of 18 attempts from the floor, two of 10 from three-point range—his 80th straight game with at least one three-pointer, the third-longest such streak in NBA history.
Curry wasn’t the only Golden State player struggling from long range as the Warriors missed 16 of their first 17 shots from beyond the arc.
But they benefited from 21 Kings turnovers that led to 29 Warriors points as Sacramento again felt the absence of All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, who missed his fourth game with a strained right Achilles tendon.
Despite their shooting woes, the Warriors held off two second-half Kings rallies.
Forward Marco Belinelli’s three-pointer with 6:48 left in the third quarter capped a 23-7 scoring run that put the Kings up 55-53.
But Warriors guard Klay Thompson responded with a three-pointer to start a run of 14 straight Golden State points.
The Kings came back again, with forward Omri Casspi draining two three-pointers and Belinelli adding another as the Kings out-scored the Warriors 24-11 over the next seven minutes. A jump shot from Rajon Rondo put Sacramento up 79-78 with 6:37 to play.
Rondo finished with a triple-double of 14 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds, but Curry’s three-pointer with 5:43 left gave the Warriors a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.