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Kings gameday live: Barnes stays hot, but Curry scores 27 to help Warriors remain unbeaten

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Golden State Warriors at Sacramento Kings

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Golden 1 Center

TV: NBC Sports California

Radio: Sports 1140 KHTK

Odds: Warriors -3.0

Over/under: 231

Morning injury report

Warriors:QUESTIONABLE — Andre Iguodala (hip). OUT — Jonathan Kuminga (patellar); Klay Thompson (Achilles); James Wiseman (knee).

Kings: QUESTIONABLE — Maurice Harkless (hip).

Barnes is balling

Harrison Barnes seems to be getting better with time.

The 29-year-old forward had one of the best years of his career with the Kings last season. He’s been even better so far this season, averaging 30.5 points and 12.0 rebounds over the first two games as the Kings (1-1) prepare to face the Golden State Warriors (2-0) on Sunday at Golden 1 Center.

Barnes had a career-high 36 points and nine rebounds to lead the Kings to an impressive 124-121 road win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Wednesday’s season opener. He followed that performance with 25 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in a 110-101 loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday.

Barnes is shooting 48.7% from the field, a sizzling 58.8% from 3-point range and a tidy 86.7% at the free-throw line. He had a career-high eight 3-pointers on 11 attempts in the win over the Blazers.

“We need him to be aggressive, and I don’t mean that as go one-on-one and take a bunch of shots, but I’ve challenged Harrison,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. “I want him to get eight 3s up a night. He’s a great shooter. That’s really how we want to see Harrison playing all the time. Some nights they’ll go and some nights they won’t, but we definitely want him taking those shots.”

Bjelica’s revenge?

Former Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica will make his return to Sacramento for the first time as a member of the Warriors.

Bjelica enjoyed the two best years of his career with the Kings. He averaged career highs of 11.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting 41.9% from 3-point range in 2019-20, but his playing time and productivity dipped in 2020-21 as the organization prioritized the development of younger players such as Marvin Bagley III.

The Kings eventually traded Bjelica to the Miami Heat in exchange for Maurice Harkless and Chris Silva. Bjelica signed a one-year, minimum contract with the Warriors in August. He comes into Sunday’s game against the Kings averaging 10.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in a season-opening 121-114 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Injury updates

The Kings are listing Harkless as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Warriors due to left hip soreness. Harkless started the season opener against the Blazers, but he took a hard fall during that contest and was ruled out for Friday’s 110-101 loss to the Utah Jazz.

The Warriors are listing Andre Iguodala as questionable. He is also experiencing left hip soreness after taking a hard fall in the team’s home opener. The 37-year-old forward has appeared in both games for the Warriors so far. He had 12 points in the win over the Lakers.

Ruled out

Iguodala has officially been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Kings. That could mean more playing time for veteran forward Otto Porter Jr. and possibly rookie Moses Moody, the No. 14 pick in the 2021 NBA draft, who logged a total of 10 minutes in the first two games.

Harkless update

During his pregame news conference, Walton said Harkless is feeling better, but he is still considered questionable, saying his status would be a gametime decision. Harkless will return to the starting lineup if he is able to play. If not, Terence Davis will get the start once again.

Defensive improvements

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the Kings “look a lot better defensively.” Kerry specifically mentioned the additions of Davion Mitchell and Tristan Thompson.

“I think it’s the physicality that both Mitchell and Thompson bring,” Kerr said. “Just watching the two games they’ve had, they look much more physical than last year’s team.”

Harkless will start

About 30 minutes before tipoff, the Kings announced Harkless is available and back in the starting lineup.

PG — De’Aaron Fox

SG — Tyrese Haliburton

SF — Harrison Barnes

PF — Maurice Harkless

C — Richaun Holmes

Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) drives to the basket after a rebound against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021 during an NBA basketball game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) drives to the basket after a rebound against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021 during an NBA basketball game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

Halftime

The Kings lead the Warriors 62-60 following a wildly entertaining first half.

Mitchell is having a breakout game at the offensive end. He has 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range, after scoring a total of five points in the first two games.

The Kings are shooting 53.3% from the field. They’ve made 10 of 24 (.417) from 3-point range. The Warriors are shooting 41.7% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc.

Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes (22) follows through on a dunk against Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (5) on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021 during an NBA basketball game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes (22) follows through on a dunk against Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (5) on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021 during an NBA basketball game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

Kings lose

Curry posted 27 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds to help the Warriors remain unbeaten with a 119-107 victory over the Kings.

Jordan Poole added 22 points for the Warriors (3-0), who finished with a 29-9 advantage in points off turnovers. Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points. Draymond Green had 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

Barnes led the Kings (1-2) with 24 points. He made 7 of 13 from the field and 5 of 10 from 3-point range.

Mitchell scored a career-high 22 points, making 9 of 16 from the field and 3 of 8 from beyond the arc. De’Aaron Fox had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds, but he hit just 1 of 6 from long distance. Hield was held to six points on 2-of-11 shooting.

“Tough loss,” Walton said. “We really made way too many mistakes tonight with 19 turnovers for 29 points. It’s going to be hard to win games like that, so we’re frustrated, but we’re going to be fine as a team. That’s another really good team over there and we didn’t do a good enough job of taking care of the ball.”

Note: Check back for updates with the latest news, notes, quotes and injury updates before, during and after tonight’s game between the Kings and Warriors.

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