Stephen Curry scored 31 points, Draymond Green had his highest-scoring game in more than five years and the Golden State Warriors won the road opener of their series against Sacramento, beating the Kings 123-116 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead. .

Green had 21 points and seven assists in his first game in Sacramento since he was ejected and later suspended for stepping on the chest of Domantas Sabonis in the Game 2 loss.

Golden State can now try to wrap up the series with a fourth straight home win on Friday night.

The defending champion Warriors weathered another raucous crowd in Sacramento and showed their mettle on the road that had been missed so often this season.


Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on during Game 5 of Round 1 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2023 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Golden State won just 11 road games in the regular season and lost the first two games in Sacramento before making the key plays in the second half to beat the Kings and extend their record to 28 consecutive playoff series with at least one game. away win.

The Kings trailed by 12 early in the fourth quarter after a layup by Curry, but they didn’t go away. They cut the deficit by 11 points in the next five minutes from Monk, who went down briefly with what looked like a left knee injury, to make it a one-point game with just over four minutes remaining.


But the Warriors pulled away late after Monk missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 1:04 left.

Andrew Wiggins hit a jumper to make it a five-point game and Curry scored it on a three-point play with 22.1 seconds remaining that made it 122-114.

Klay Thompson added 25 points, Wiggins had 20 and Kevon Looney matched his career high with 22 rebounds.

Harrison Barnes defended by Klay Thompson

Harrison Barnes #40 of the Sacramento Kings is guarded by Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors in the first half of game five of the Western Conference first round playoffs at the Golden 1 Center on April 26, 2023 in Sacramento, Calif. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

De’Aaron Fox scored 24 despite a broken index finger on his shooting hand, and Monk and Sabonis each added 21 points for Sacramento.

Fox started despite breaking the tip of his index finger on his shooting hand late in Game 4. He played in a finger splint and showed no ill effects from the injury, making all three of his attempts from long range in the first. quarter to help Sacramento build a 10-point lead.

The Warriors got going in the second quarter with Thompson hitting three 3-pointers during a 12-0 run that helped Golden State take a 60-56 lead at the half.


Warriors: Curry passed Magic Johnson (3,701) for fifth all-time in playoff scoring with 3,727 points… Looney became the first Warriors player with two games with at least 20 rebounds in the same series playoffs since Nate Thurmond did. against Milwaukee in 1972… Golden State was penalized for two transitions in the fourth quarter.

Klay Thompson reacts to playing

Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after making a basket against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of game five of the Western Conference first round playoffs at the Golden 1 Center on April 26, 2023 in Sacramento , california. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Kings: Sacramento went from shooting 8-for-12 from 3-point range in the first quarter to 0-for-9 in the second quarter, the most Kings misses without hitting in any quarter this season.



With a win on Friday night, the Warriors would improve to 19-0 in playoff series against Western Conference teams since coach Steve Kerr took over in 2014-15.