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March 13, 2012
In-game blog: Kings vs. Warriors

FINAL
Warriors 115, Kings 89

Shorthanded? No problem. The Warriors shot 56.1 percent in the second half and ran away from the Kings in the fourth quarter at Power Balance Pavilion.

Golden State made 12-of-24 shots from beyond the arc. Brandon Rush, David Lee and Nate Robinson each had 17 points. Dorell Wright added 10 rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Tyreke Evans added 16 points and Isaiah Thomas had 15.

The Kings shot 40 percent from the floor. They removed their starters late in the fourth quarter, as they will play again tomorrow night against the Detroit Pistons.

THIRD QUARTER
Warriors 84, Kings 73

The Warriors are one of the better three-point shooting teams in the league, and they pulled away in the third quarter with perimeter shooting.

Dorell Wright and Brandon Rush are both 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. The Warriors as a team are 10-of-19 (53 percent).

Still, Rush was left open in the corner for a three with the Warriors inbounding with four seconds left in the quarter. He made it.

Wright has 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, while forward David Lee has 17 points and eight rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins has 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Kings. Tyreke Evans has added 16 points and Isaiah Thomas as 15.

HALFTIME
Warriors 54, Kings 49

Dorell Wright buried a three-pointer over Marcus Thornton at the buzzer to give the Warriors a five-point lead at halftime.

As has been their routine lately, the Kings went with bench players for much of the second quarter. They kept it close, led by Francisco Garcia's seven points.

DeMarcus Cousins leads the Kings with 15 points and has eight rebounds. Tyreke Evans has 12 points.

Nate Robinson has 15 points for the Warriors, apparently inspired by his back-and-forth with fellow Washington product Isaiah Thomas, while David Lee has 13 points and six rebounds.

FIRST QUARTER
Warriors 29, Kings 24

These aren't the Warriors the Kings prepared for tonight.

But after the Warriors' proposed trade of Monta Ellis, Epke Udoh and Kwame Brown to Milwaukee for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson, Golden State is sitting Ellis and Udoh. Brown is injured.

So Nate Robinson - starting for the injured Stephen Curry - lit the Kings up for 12 points in the first quarter.

The Kings fell behind 15-6 to start the quarter but rallied to eventually tie the score at 24 before the Warriors scored five unanswered to end the first.

Tyreke Evans led the Kings with eight points. Jason Thompson already has nine rebounds for Sacramento.



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