SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors took care of business against another division rival on Sunday, defeating the Sacramento Kings 119-107 in a challenging game. One key matchup in this contest was Stephen Curry against rookie Davion Mitchell. It was a fun head-to-head battle, and Curry gave the the rookie some high praise after the game.

“The confidence of a guy coming into his third game in the league, he's got a lot of room to grow. You could definitely tell he has all the tools in the kit to be a defensive stopper. Just stay a pest out there in the best of ways,” Curry told ClutchPoints.

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In their first meeting, there was more scoring done than expected. The surprising points came from Mitchell, who is just three games into his career. He has already developed a reputation for his defense around the NBA. He surprisingly scored 22 points, while Curry had a game-high mark of 27.

Intense defense is what Curry was expecting, but the scoring ability caught the Warriors star off guard. He even jokingly called Mitchell an “offensive assassin” during his postgame interview.

Mitchell fearlessly guarded Curry, but at the end of the day, the two-time MVP got the last laugh. He didn't have the best shooting night, but it wasn't an off night caused by Mitchell. Curry got a lot of clean looks at the basket and just missed some good shots. Still, Curry saw the potential in the Kings rookie, and after their first meeting, Mitchell has earned his respect.

It was the Warriors' third win in a row, and now they look forward to making it four against the Oklahoma City Thunder. That game that will feature another top rookie in Josh Giddey, and it will be his first glimpse of Stephen Curry.