Basketball: Warriors lose to Kings, 120-107
SACRAMENTO – Rookie Tyreke Evans scored 18 of his 23 points in the second quarter and Sacramento beat Golden State 120-107 to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a year.
Evans was coming off his best game of the year, scoring a career-high 32 points and getting seven assists in Saturday’s win in Utah. The Kings haven’t had a rookie score more than a combined 50 points in consecutive games since Walt Williams accomplished the feat in February 1993.
Beno Udrih added 20 points and six assists for the Kings, who last won consecutive games on Nov. 7 and Nov. 9, 2008.
Stephen Jackson scored 21 points and Corey Maggette added 20 for the Warriors (1-4). Kelenna Azubuike had 13 points, Anthony Randolph had 14 and Anthony Morrow 11. Warriors leading scorer Monta Ellis made just 4-of-11 shots and scored nine points.
Jason Thompson had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Donte Greene added 17 points for Sacramento.
The Kings were missing leading scorer Kevin Martin for the second straight game. Martin, who averaged 30.6 points in the team’s first five games, will have surgery to repair a fracture in his left wrist and is expected to miss a minimum of eight weeks.
Sacramento held a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter before Evans took over. The fourth-pick in the draft helped the Kings build an 11-point halftime lead using an array of moves.
The Kings extended their advantage to 96-77 after three quarters as Udrih had 10 points in the period. The quarter ended with Greene lobbing an inbounds pass to Thompson for a dunk at the buzzer.
Notes: A sore back made Andris Biedrins a game-time decision. He started at center, but was ineffective, getting two points and six rebounds in 21 minutes. … This was the first of four straight home games for Sacramento. … Golden State entered the game allowing an average of 113.5 points, second-worst in the NBA.