OAKLAND, Calif. -- Even after contributing 27 points to the Golden State Warriors' 98-87 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night, Klay Thompson knew he wasn't the difference-maker in the game.
It was the Golden State defense.
The Warriors held their northern California rival to an NBA season-low 34.5 percent shooting from the field and in doing so gained a small measure of revenge against a team to which it lost the season series a year ago.
"I remember last year," said Thompson, who saw the Kings average 103.3 points during their 3-1 win in the season series. "We want to make it different this year."
Led by Andrew Bogut's defense on DeMarcus Cousins, who entered the game averaging 27 points per game, Golden State limited Sacramento to 31.7 percent shooting from the field in a runaway first half.
The Kings missed their first five shots of the game and Stephen Curry highlighted two seven-point flurries with 3-pointers as the Warriors opened a 22-12 lead in the eighth minute and never looked back.
"We did an outstanding job of being the aggressor," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said, "and taking their home run hitters out of the equation."
Cousins, plagued by foul trouble in the first half, was held to eight points on 3-of-8 shooting from the field. Bogut blocked one of those shots and had four in the game.
"You don't win like that," Kings guard Greivis Vasquez said. "Me and DeMarcus and the rest of the guys in the starting lineup have to crank the game up and take responsibility."
The win was the Warriors' second consecutive home blowout after a 125-94 drubbing of the Los Angeles Lakers in the home opener on Wednesday. Thompson had 38 points in that game.
Curry scored his 5,000th career point on 3-pointer with 3:11 remaining in the first half, capping an 8-0 Warriors run that gave them their biggest lead of the game to that point at 44-26.
A 3-pointer by Thompson 65 seconds later made it a 21-point game, and the Warriors went into the halftime break with a commanding 56-36 advantage.
The Kings missed 28 of their 41 shots from the field in the decisive first half. Sacramento's starters were just 6 of 21 and totaled 14 points, one more than rookie reserve Ben McLemore, whose 13 points included a 56-foot buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter.
McLemore wound up the Kings' leading scorer with 19 points.
The Kings made one push in the second half, closing to 56-44 when Cousins, held to two points in the first half, converted consecutive three-point plays in an eight-point spurt to open the third quarter.
But the Warriors immediately countered with a game-breaking 15-0 run of their own. Thompson triggered the flurry with two 3's and Curry capped it with a 3-pointer of his own.
Bogut had crowd-pleasing plays on both ends, blocking a Cousins shot and converting an Andre Iguodala lob into a dunk.
"Any time you get stops, it's easier to score," Thompson said. "Our defense, that's what won us the game tonight."
The Kings didn't get closer than 16 after that until the benched had cleared in the final minutes.
Thompson's 27 points came on 10-of-17 shooting from the field. Curry dropped in five 3's during a 22-point, 12-assist night, and David Lee had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The Warriors were able to rest their starters a large portion of the fourth quarter as they planned ahead for a four-game trip that tips off Monday in Philadelphia.
"This is what good teams do," Jackson said. "The good teams take care of business. This was a game we were supposed to win and get some rest."
Reserves Travis Outlaw (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Jason Thompson (12 points, 10 rebounds) posted double-doubles for the Kings, who were playing their second game in two nights.
Isaiah Thomas, who ranked eighth in the league in field-goal percentage entering the game at 63.6 percent, made just 2 of 10 from the field and finished with 12 points.
"We have to be a work team," said Kings coach Mike Malone, a former Warriors assistant. "If we think we can show up to a very good basketball team in their house and just go through the motions, what's going to happen is what happened tonight. We're going to get our (butt) kicked."