Basketball / Sports

The Sacramento Kings' Travis Outlaw (25) scores over the Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green in the third quarter on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The Warriors won, 101-92. (Jose Luis Villegas/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

Warriors acquire Steve Blake, defeat Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors took care of business at Sacramento in a 101-92 win Wednesday night against the team tied for the worst record in the Western Conference.

Help is on the way in the form of Steve Blake as the Warriors face even greater challenges with 28 games to play in the regular season.

The Warriors acquired the veteran guard from the Los Angeles Lakers for seldom-used guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, completing the trade just before halftime in an attempt to bolster their bench.

According to Warriors general manager Bob Myers, one of the main goals of adding the 33-year-old Blake was for him to assist Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who are among the NBA's top 10 in minutes played per game.

"You know when you give him the ball, you can trust him," Myers said of Blake.

The trade was consummated on a night at Sleep Train Arena when Curry was relatively quiet by his standards with 13 points and eight assists, but his teammates combined to help the Warriors pull away in the fourth quarter.

David Lee scored on a layup, Thompson hit a 3-pointer, and Andre Iguodala hit a jump shot to score the go-ahead points after the score was tied at 79.

The Kings had trailed by as many as 15 points but closed the third quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 76-75 lead, with point guard Isaiah Thomas scoring the last six points during that stretch. The 5-foot-9 Thomas put on a show against the Warriors' backcourt, finishing with 26 points.

But Thomas also committed seven of Sacramento's 21 turnovers, letting the Warriors take advantage even on a night when they were only 3 for 19 from 3-point range.

Lee led the Warriors with 23 points and 11 rebounds, but they were dominated on the glass without the services of injured center and top rebounder Andrew Bogut for a fifth straight game.

Bogut continues to be in street clothes while dealing with a left shoulder that has a bone bruise and a cortisone flare reaction. Sacramento was missing injured center DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings' top scorer and rebounder.

For now, it was the backcourt issue that got addressed by the Warriors on the eve of the NBA's trade deadline.

Blake averaged 9.5 points, 7.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 27 starts, missing 26 games because of a torn elbow ligament. He can play either guard position, shooting 39.7 percent from 3-point range.

The trade allowed the Warriors to grab a veteran guard while still leaving them roughly $400,000 under the luxury tax along with the ability to add another player.

"We've watched him from afar," Myers said of Blake. "He's a tough player. He's a good player. He's smart."

The Warriors used their $4 million traded player exception to acquire a player in his final year of a four-year, $16 million contract for the struggling Lakers.

Bazemore, 24, was a second-year player who played in 44 games this season and was used primarily in situations on defense, gaining recognition as a positive bench presence.

Brooks, 25, played in seven games for Golden State after being acquired from Boston along with point guard Jordan Crawford.

Thompson finished with 18 points, Iguodala had 13, and Draymond Green added 12 points to match a career high and eight rebounds off the bench.

The Warriors still have time to do another trade, as the deadline doesn't arrive until noon Thursday West Coast time before they play Houston at home.

For Sacramento, Travis Outlaw had 18 points while Rudy Gay added 16 points and eight rebounds. Quincy Acy had a game-high 12 rebounds.

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