Even without injured stars Ron Artest and Brad Miller, the Sacramento Kings were fully bent on playing the spoiler role to the hilt in Oakland last night. After all, they had already surprised the Denver Nuggets once in the past week. Luckily for the Dubs, Baron Davis would have none of it and led a masterful attack that saw the Warriors come out on top in a 140-132 shootout that now sets the stage for the biggest game of the year in Oakland. Like having a card that would give a decisive advantage over all poker hands, the Warriors had everything that would counter the King's offensive barrage and defensive tactics. Davis scored 33 points and dished out nine assists, while every other starter scored at least 16 points. The Dubs were also keyed by the return of Mikael Pietrus who scored 10 points off the bench in a return from his injured hamstring. Pietrus provided a spark they have been lacking from the reserve unit, as well as several highlght reel blocks that served to fire up the partisan crowd. This was exactly the type of effort the team needed to erase the lingering bad feelings from a disappointing road trip, and build momentum for this make or break homestand.
Now with 4 games remaining, the Warriors and Nuggets remained tied at 47-31, and the victor in tomorrow night's game will have the inside track for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Warriors know what they need to do and you can bet this will be a battale royale between the two highest-scoring teams in the league.
Keep believing Warrior fans!
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