The “Golden State Warriors” defeated the “Sacramento Kings” on the road 120-100 on Sunday afternoon to maintain their hopes of winning a second consecutive title. Stephen Curry established a Game 7 scoring record with 50 points.
The sixth-seeded Warriors not only secured the opportunity to face the seventh-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the second round, but they also hold the home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series thanks to their 19th straight playoff series victory over opponents from the Western Conference. In San Francisco, the series is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.
The third-seeded Kings, who were playing in their first postseason game in 17 years, had the advantage due to home-court advantage, but Golden State won Games 5 and 7 in Sacramento following two earlier wins at home to advance.
Sacramento led Golden State 58-56 at halftime because of Domantas Sabonis’ 16 points, but over the next 24 minutes, they showed why they were the champions.
Curry scored 14 points, and Klay Thompson added 9, to give them a 35-23 third-quarter lead. Along with that, the period saw a 22-9 rebounding advantage.
Curry scored 50 points, which was two more than the 48 points Kevin Durant collected in a Game 7 loss for the Brooklyn Nets to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern playoffs of the next season. Curry had never scored that many points in a playoff game. Curry made a career-high 20 of his 38 total shots, including 7 of his 18 3-point attempts.
The final score for Andrew Wiggins was 17. In addition to Kevon Looney’s 11 points and 21 rebounds, Thompson finished with 16 points on 4-for-19 shooting.
With 10 of his 21 offensive rebounds coming from teammates’ missed shots, Looney was most effective there. Golden State outrebounded the guests 18-14 on the offensive end and 55-49 overall.
For Sacramento, which shot only 12-for-47 from 3-point range and was beaten 45-36 from beyond the arc, Fox had 16 points on a 5-for-19 shooting day, reserves Terence Davis and Malik Monk both contributed 14 points, and Keegan Murray got 10.
Along with scoring seven points and blocking two shots, Kevin Huerter pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.