OAKLAND -- The Warriors didn't let the absences of David Lee and Andrew Bogut get in their way Friday night as they delivered a 102-69 beating to the Sacramento Kings.

A team that's found a way to struggle at home too often against inferior opponents never fell victim to that. Golden State earned its second-largest win ever against its Northern California neighbors.

"I loved the way our starters jumped on them early, and our guys off the bench continued the effort," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "For us, it was a big-time win and a big-time effort."

Golden State led by 42 midway through the fourth quarter, and the 69 points by the Kings were their lowest total against the Warriors franchise in over 61 years. The result was a second half in which the starters watched and got some much-needed rest for the stretch run.

The Warriors also matched last season's win total of 47 with six games to play, but Jackson is more impressed with how much his team has grown from its 23-win season two seasons ago.

"We've come a long way from 23 wins and a bad basketball team," Jackson said. "I'm proud of these guys, but there's still work to be done."

With Portland losing Friday, Golden State moved to 1½ games back of the No. 5 Western Conference seed in the playoffs. Of their six remaining games, only one opponent (Portland) is in the playoff chase with just one other (Minnesota) currently above .500.

The Warriors delivered the blowout win despite playing for the fifth straight game without power forward Lee (strained hamstring) and fourth straight without center Bogut (pelvic/groin contusion).


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Sacramento couldn't take advantage of the Warriors' absences down low as Golden State outrebounded the Kings 57-44 and had a 54-28 advantage on points in the paint.

Much of the tone was set early when Sacramento's star center, DeMarcus Cousins, picked up two quick fouls and sat for the final 10:18 of the first quarter. Cousins finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, but the Warriors limited his impact.

"When you've got a team with a DeMarcus Cousins who can dominate a basketball game," Warriors forward Draymond Green said, "to be able to do that with our two starting bigs out is pretty impressive."

Seven players scored in double figures for the Warriors, led by Klay Thompson's 21 points. Harrison Barnes had 16 points off the bench, and Stephen Curry scored 13. Jermaine O'Neal had 13 points and nine rebounds in place of Bogut, and Green had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in place of Lee.

Marreese Speights had the first double-double of his Warriors career with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordan Crawford added 11 points.

"We know we've got to be locked in the last couple of games because we've got two key players out, so all these games matter," Speights said. "We had to come out here tonight and try to play defense and score the ball like we do."

Golden State led 25-14 after a quarter, then started the second quarter with a 7-0 run and closed it with 12 straight points to lead 59-27 at halftime. Sacramento shot a dreadful 17.9 percent (7 of 39) from the field in the half.

The Warriors scored 16 of the first 22 points in the second half, and a 3-pointer by Green made it 75-33 with 6:26 left in the third quarter. The game was essentially over at that point.

  • Jackson indicated Lee and Bogut could still be a ways away from returning. "Neither guy has done anything with the team on the floor," Jackson said. "Both guys continue to get treatment, continue to get closer to 100 percent. And we're not going to rush them. Both guys are better today than when they got hurt, so that's the good news."

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