Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry look to stay hot vs. Sacramento 

click to enlarge Timing is everything: Stephen Curry, right, played through a sprained ankle as Golden State defeated the Lakers on Tuesday, giving the Warriors a one-game cushion over the Rockets in the standings. - BEN MARGOT/AP
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  • Timing is everything: Stephen Curry, right, played through a sprained ankle as Golden State defeated the Lakers on Tuesday, giving the Warriors a one-game cushion over the Rockets in the standings.

The Warriors are playing some of their best basketball of the season at the right time. They will be trying to put some more space between themselves and the rest of the pack at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff bracket when they host the Sacramento Kings today.

The Warriors have won six of their last eight and have Stephen Curry, who is averaging 28.6 points and shooting over 50 percent from 3-point range in the last five games, playing at an MVP level.

Curry battled through a sprained ankle on Tuesday to put up 25 points and 10 assists in a 109-103 win over the Lakers. That win gave the Warriors a one-game cushion over the Houston Rockets, who are in seventh place in the West. The Rockets own the head-to-head tiebreaker between the teams, so Golden State needs to keep that edge of at least a game to avoid starting the playoffs on the road at San Antonio or Oklahoma City.

While the Warriors have had a recent tendency to let their guard down in the fourth quarter, they have been able to easily run up the score in the first half thanks to the guard play of Curry and Klay Thompson and the interior strength of David Lee and Andrew Bogut. Lee and Bogut got physical with Los Angeles center Dwight Howard early on Tuesday, bloodying the Lakers’ star at one point. The Warriors conclude a five-game homestand with three straight sub-.500 opponents in Sacramento, Portland and New Orleans.

Sacramento is capable of looking like a contender one night — like in a 116-101 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on March 19 — and the worst team in the West the next.

The Kings have dropped four straight on the road and own the worst road record in the NBA at 6-30.

 

NEXT GAME

Warriors vs. Kings

WHEN: Today, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Oracle Arena, Oakland

TV: CSN Bay Area

RADIO: KNBR (680 AM)

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