No one wants to see a city lose its franchise, but maybe it's a good thing that this Northern California rivalry is most likely coming to an end. Wednesday night's game between the Warriors and Kings, which Sacramento lost 87-83 - neither team won it - was a regression of basketball to anyone who had to witness it. The teams combined for 33 turnovers and 38 percent shooting, and the unsightly numbers had very little to do with defense. The turnovers were generally unforced, including a steady diet of passes that landed anywhere but their intended targets, and the missed shots were often the same unguarded looks that players take during pregame warm-ups. "It was a struggle," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. " ... But we are not the Miami Heat. We are not the Oklahoma City Thunder. On a lot of nights, it's not going to be pretty. That's just a fact." With one meeting in the rivalry - a March 27 game at Oracle Arena - remaining before the Kings are supposed to be sold to an investment group that plans to move the franchise to Seattle, the Warriors won to take a 185-184 lead in the all-time series. This game was as close as many of those that came before, but it wasn't nearly as tidy. The last time both teams scored less than 90 points in a meeting was 1957, when the Warriors played in Philadelphia and the Kings' franchise played in Rochester.
Warriors top Kings in ugly game, 87-83
San Francisco Chronicle | Mar 7