Kings 126, Warriors 121
Dec. 09, 1989
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Wayman Tisdale scored a career-high 40 points, including the go-ahead slam dunk with 34 seconds remaining, as the Sacramento Kings beat the Golden State Warriors 126-121 Friday night for their first road victory of the season.
Tisdale, who also had a season-high 14 rebounds, dunked in a rebound to give the Kings a 121-119 lead, their first of the second half after trailing by as many as 13 points.
Mitch Richmond, who made two turnovers in the last minute of a loss at San Antonio on Wednesday, lost the ball out of bounds on Golden State's next possession.
The loss was the Warriors' seventh in their last eight games. Chris Mullin led Golden State with 30 points, but he had only six in the second half and one in the fourth quarter. Terry Teagle added a season-high 25.
Teagle's baseline shot gave Golden State a 118-114 lead with 2:24 left, but Harold Pressley's 3-pointer made it a one-point game. It was tied at 119-119 until Tisdale's final basket.
Sacramento hit six of 11 3-point shots while Golden State was 0-for-9.
The teams were never separated by more than four points in the first half, which featured 14 ties and 18 lead changes.
Mullin had 24 points and Tisdale 20 by halftime as Golden State led 65-63.
Golden State's 20-8 run in the third period turned a one-point game into a 97-84 lead with 2:10 left. Tisdale then scored two baskets in a 7-0 run that enabled the Kings to trail only 100-93 after three.
Three other Kings finished with at least 20 points - Rodney McCray and Danny Ainge with 22 and Smith with 20 - but it was Tisdale's night. He was 16 for 28 and had 20 points in each half to surpass his previous career high of 39 points against the New York Knicks on Nov. 1, 1988.
''That's my best game as a pro, I figure,'' Tisdale said. ''I was really relaxed. I said, 'I'm going to let the game come to me.'
''Once I got rolling, I said, 'Hey, it's my night. I've got to keep shooting.'''
Sacramento coach Jerry Reynolds, whose team is without the injured Pervis Ellison and Ralph Sampson, had it in his game plan to go to Tisdale often.
''Wayman's our only consistent post player,'' he said. ''We thought we could get maybe 25 points out of him, not 40.
''In the last three or four games we've played better. We played better tonight than we have. And Golden State blew us out the last time (133-109 on Nov. 22).''
It was Sacramento's first road victory since winning here last April 15.
''Our inability to stop Tisdale was crucial,'' Golden State coach Don Nelson said. ''We were between a rock and a hard place at the end (without a big man). If I had it to do over again I might have played Tolbert because he was playing so well.''
He called it a disappointing loss, and his players agreed. Golden State is now 4-14 and three games behind Sacramento at the bottom of the Pacific Division.
''This is the low point of the season,'' rookie guard Tim Hardaway said. ''We missed some tough shots down the stretch.''
Richmond had 21 points for Golden State, which outshot Sacramento 52 percent to 46 percent. Hardaway had 17 points and a season-high 14 assists.