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February 4, 2012
Kings beat Warriors in overtime, 114-106

Head coach Keith Smart addresses the media following the Kings' 114-106 win over the Warriors at Power Balance Pavilion.

Marcus Thornton scored a game-high 28 points for the Kings, DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and a career-high 20 rebounds and the Kings bounced back in overtime after stumbling in the fourth quarter to beat the Golden State Warriors, 114-106, at Power Balance Pavilion.

The Kings started the overtime period on a 9-0 run, and Tyreke Evans' three-pointer with 50.6 seconds left iced the win as the Kings improved to 8-15.

Evans finished with 26 points and nine assists, and Jason Thompson added 15 points and 16 rebounds. Cousins and Thompson combined to equal the Warriors' rebounding total as the Kings dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Warriors, 55-36.

Dorell Wright had a team-high 24 points for the Warriors, while guard Nate Robinson added 20 points off the bench as Golden State's reserves got them back into the game in the fourth quarter.

The Kings led by nine entering the fourth following a 34-point third quarter in which Thornton scored 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-4 from three-point range.

But the Warriors stormed back as Robinson and Klay Thompson combined to score 24 points in the fourth quarter, with Thompson's three-pointer with nine seconds left sending the game into overtime tied at 102-102.

John Salmons, though, hit a three-pointer from the corner early in the overtime period, and the Kings never trailed in overtime.

"We had too many times where we made a decision, the right one, and backed off of it," Kings head coach Keith Smart said. "They just have to understand that the first thought in their mind is right and they have to trust that instinct.

"Overall, I thought we found a way to get a lead, which is really important. We gave it back because we got real stagnant, but that happens. Our bigs did a great job on the glass getting us second and third opportunities. We found a way to win the game and we have to keep doing that."

The Kings outscored the Warriors in the paint, 56-36, to overcome the Warriors' outside shooting. The Warriors, who fell to 8-13, made 16 of 29 three-point attempts.

-- Matt Kawahara



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