Andrew Bogut

Reserves lead Warriors to one last blowout win over Sacramento (this season, anyway)

Andre Iguodala

The Warriors did everything right in Sacramento. They capped a season sweep of the Kings with a 121-96 victory. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green sat out the fourth quarter, a nice bonus with the Mavericks visiting Oracle Arena on Wednesday night.

They also got tremendous performances from three reserves: Andre Iguodala, Mo Speights and Leandro Barbosa.

The photo at the top of this post shows Iguodala’s follow-through after a fullcourt pass to Speights. The pass was actually a two-handed bomb from Iguodala’s hips, but he’s a football fan (49ers), so no one will blame him for taking liberties with his mechanics. Iguodala, who came to life in the second half against Phoenix, came in for Harrison Barnes (who was getting torched by Ben McLemore) with the Warriors down 20-14. By the time Barnes replaced Iguodala a quarter later, the Warriors were up 52-38. Iguodala’s defense is always present, but when he adds 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, the Warriors are close to unstoppable.

Speights couldn’t do much to stop DeMarcus Cousins, who got his chance to eat after Andrew Bogut’s foul total jumped from one to four early in the third quarter. However, Steve Kerr had to like seeing Speights’ point total jump to 17 in 20 minutes, a familiar rate for a player who was in the Sixth Man of the Year conversation earlier in the year.

Barbosa has been fun to watch lately, and he’s successfully knocked Justin Holiday out of the main rotation. Barbosa had 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting, but he also had five assists and three steals. And damn, is he fast.

Dub Steps

— Here’s the part where we use @LOLKNBR gifs to show how this game went.

— David Lee was +31, while Draymond Green was -6, just in case you put any stock whatsoever in single game +/- numbers.

— Stephen Curry was actually pretty phenomenal in this game: 23 points, nine assists, five rebounds and three steals in under 29 minutes, and he ruined this Kings fan’s night.

— Festus Ezeli returned to live NBA action and grabbed five rebounds in eight minutes. Garbage time, sure, but he also took a tumble under the basket and got up without limping. Success!

— With Monta Ellis coming back to his old stomping grounds, and that Curry-to-Bogut lob serving as one of the main highlights from tonight’s game, does anyone else think about how great their connection would be by now if the Warriors had traded Monta for Bogues a couple years earlier? No? Never mind.

— The average score of Warriors vs. Kings this season: Golden State 117.5, Sacramento 95.5. Throw in a loud “LET’S GO WARRIORS” chant on the road, and the Kings are surely glad they have no more games against their regional “rivals” until next season.

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