With Jason Richardson and Troy Murphy sidelined by injuries, Golden State reduced its game to basics: A six-man rotation, Baron Davis' playmaking and an outstanding performance by Barnes, who briefly played for the Kings before being included in Chris Webber's trade to Philadelphia.
Barnes beat stiff odds to make the Warriors' roster this fall, then played his way into coach Don Nelson's confidence. That hard work culminated in the best game of his career, including six of the Warriors' 15 3-pointers.
"That felt good, especially doing it against Sacramento," said Barnes, whose 3-pointers also were his career high. "It's always fun to play against guys that I know, and that I work out with in the summer."
Davis had 14 points and 13 assists for the Warriors, who won for just the second time in seven games by consistently outhustling their Northern California rivals, then backing it up with 53-percent shooting.
The clubs met Nov. 16 in Oakland, with Golden State winning 117-102 behind Davis' 36 points and 18 assists. Sacramento again had trouble stopping Davis' dribble penetration in the rematch, and his Golden State teammates added plenty of perimeter scoring.
Richardson missed his fifth straight game with bruises on his surgically repaired left knee, while Murphy sat out with soreness in his left foot. So Nelson didn't make a substitution in the first quarter, and gave significant minutes only to his five starters and Mike Dunleavy.
"We had six guys in double figures, and we needed it," Nelson said. "I'm very happy for Matt Barnes. He played an all-around game, but the 3 has really made him something special."
Mickael Pietrus scored 21 points with four 3-pointers, and Monta Ellis added 16 points with three 3-pointers. Dunleavy had 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Warriors, who host Houston on Thursday night before a six-game East Coast trip.
"We've been struggling, and we've got to get hot before we go out of town," Barnes said.
Barnes surpassed his previous career high on a 3-pointer with 8:19 to play as Golden State rebuffed the final second-half run by the Kings, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Still, Artest remains positive despite the Kings' slump with upcoming games against Utah, Phoenix and Dallas.
Bibby, who seemed displeased when his name came up in rumors about the Kings' interest in trading for Allen Iverson, missed nine of his first 10 shots before hitting a 3-pointer late in the third quarter during an 11-2 run that trimmed Golden State's lead to seven points.
"Obviously, we're not playing very good defensively, collectively and individually," coach Eric Musselman said. "There is a concern."
- Biedrins, a notoriously poor free-throw shooter, went 6-for-6. He also went 7-for-7 from the field.
- The Kings haven't led in the first quarter of any road game this season.
- The Warriors visit Arco Arena on Dec. 30, and then the clubs don't meet again until the final days of the regular season.
- Kings G Jason Hart fouled out in just 13 minutes of action.