The Warriors opened the 2022 California Classic with an 86-68 loss to the neighboring Sacramento Kings on Day 1 of the annual event.
The Dubs have trailed from the start with the Kings leading by no less than 21 points throughout the contest.
WARRIORS TIP OFF CALIFORNIA CLASSIC AT THE CHASE CENTER
The Warriors trailed 86-68 in their fourth California Classic appearance. Dubs rookie Gui Santos led the team’s offensive effort with 23 points while guard Payton Willis added 12 points, five rebounds and two assists, going 5 for 9 from the field (55.6 %) and 2 for 5 on a range of 3 points. (40.0 percent). The Dubs’ 51st pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Justinian Jessup produced seven points and two rebounds, with the left-handed sniper shooting 50.0 percent from the field.
THE BEGINNINGS OF DUBS RECRUITMENT
The Warriors selected Gui Santos with the 55th overall selection in the 2022 NBA Draft, with the guard posting a team-high 23 points, six rebounds and three steals in his Chase Center debut. The second-round selection didn’t hesitate on their new home ground, going 7-for-13 from the field (53.8%) and 8-for-11 from the charity strip (72.7%). Santos made a number of key plays on both sides of the ball, including back-to-back 30-second steals at 7:48 of the third period.
FINAL MVP APPEARANCE
2022 NBA champion and Finals MVP Stephen Curry made an appearance in the stands on day one of the California Classic, even breaking out his signature “Night Night” celebration.
The fourth annual California Classic continues at Chase Center on Sunday, July 3 as the Dubs take on the Los Angeles Lakers at 4:30 p.m. (NBA Television). » Tickets available now