OAKLAND -- Whatever momentum the Warriors had from beating the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento came to town and took it away.
The Kings improved to 3-1 against Golden State this season with a 105-98 victory at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night. The Warriors, who had won four of five, put together a performance that betrayed their talk of finishing strong.
They got outplayed and outworked by the worst road team in the NBA. The Kings had been 6-30 and had not beaten a winning team away from home all season.
On top of that, the Warriors missed a chance to put some distance between themselves and Houston for the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. The Rockets fell at home to Indiana, which meant the Warriors missed a chance to move two games up on Houston. As it stands now, they are still tied with the Rockets in the loss column.
"We did not play well from top to bottom," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Just glad we don't have to face them in a seven-game series right now."
The Warriors may not face the Sacramento Kings ever again. The franchise could be in Seattle by next season after the Maloof family agreed to sale the Kings to a Seattle-based ownership group.
In a last-ditch effort to keep the team in Sacramento, a new ownership group -- featuring 24-Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov and Warriors minority owner Vivek Ranadive -- submitted a bid to the league. The NBA Board of Governors will decide next month which group will be awarded the franchise.
So the 26th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle perhaps witnessed the end of an era between Northern California rivals. And it wasn't a pretty end for Golden State.
The Warriors failed to crack 100 points against the worst defense in the league. Sacramento came into the game allowing up a league-high 104.7 points on 46.9 percent shooting. But the Kings shut down the Warriors' sharp-shooting backcourt.
Stephen Curry needed 18 shots to get 17 points. He had 12 assists, five rebounds and four steals. But he also got torched for 31 points by Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas, who knocked down seven 3-pointers and added seven assists.
"Steph was not good today," Jackson said. "This was the first time in a long time that he hasn't been good. He was bad. It's going to happen. ... We're not going to overreact."
Curry's backcourt mate Klay Thompson might've been worse. He totaled four points on 1-of-13 shooting, missing 7-of-8 3-point attempts.
What's more, the Warriors let their offensive struggles affect their defense. The Warriors allowed 16 offensive rebounds, and Sacramento, at key moments, had its way against Golden State's defense.
"It seems when we got into those lulls offensively, we didn't have the same energy we've had the past couple games defensively," the Warriors' Andrew Bogut said. "It kind of felt like when we missed shots we dropped our heads, we weren't guarding. ... They just outworked us. There's no excuse for it, especially this late in the season."
The Warriors trailed 91-79 with just under seven minutes remaining. But after a Curry 3-pointer and a layup by David Lee, the deficit was down to seven.
Golden State's reliance on the jump shot squandered a stretch of good defense. Five straight stops by the Warriors yielded four missed jumpers -- three of them from behind the arc.
The Warriors didn't score until rookie Harrison Barnes came up with a steal and a fast-break layup, cutting the deficit to 93-88 with 3:29 left.
Golden State gave up its 16th offensive rebound on the ensuing possession, and Thomas drilled a 3-pointer to push the Warriors' hole to eight points.
A runner by Jarrett Jack cut the deficit to 96-90. After a stop, Curry's attempt to draw a foul resulted in another missed jumper, giving the Kings the ball with a minute left. Sacramento's Tyreke Evans iced the game with a jumper over Thompson, putting the Warriors behind 98-90 with 42.1 seconds left.
"Just disappointing," Jackson said. "Disappointing."
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5 Number of wins or ninth-place team's losses for the Warriors to clinch their first playoff berth since 2007 and second since 1994.