Brandon Rush scored 20 points on 6-10 shooting, helping the Golden State Warriors to overcome poor shooting nights from Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry and beat the Sacramento Kings in Oakland 93-90 on Tuesday. Sacramento had led for all but brief moments through the first three quarters, but Rush exploded for 15 in the fourth as the Kings' offense fell completely apart. The Warriors' lead had gotten up to 12 before some late shots by Isaiah Thomas fell to make things interesting.
Rush, the league's top three-point shooter this season, hit 4-5 from downtown, sinking nearly as many himself as the Kings did in total (six). Sacramento struggled with turnovers all game long, finishing with 18 in 93 possessions, a huge factor considering that Golden State only had eight giveaways.
Tyreke Evans led Sacramento with 22 points on 9-22 shooting, nine assists and 10 rebounds, but really only looked that good for a stretch in the second quarter while playing with the Kings' reserves. Evans played 23 minutes in the first half and 21 in the second as Keith Smart rode him as the primary creator all game long. DeMarcus Cousins added 21 points (8-15 shooting, 5-7 line) and 14 rebounds, abusing Andris Biedrins early and Ekpe Udoh late.
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Pacers 106, Nets 99: New Jersey trailed by 18 in the fourth, but pulled to within three with a 16-1 run fueled entirely by Anthony Morrow and Deron Williams. But the sprint came up short as Indiana pulled out the victory. Paul George led the Pacers with 24, hitting 4-6 from downtown. D-Will finished with 34 points.