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March 24, 2012
In-game blog: Kings at Warriors

Kings head coach Keith Smart addresses the media following the Kings' 111-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

Warriors 111, Kings 108

OAKLAND -- Tyreke Evans' last-ditch three-point attempt fell short and the Kings lost their second game in a row and their third of the season to the Warriors.

The Kings had the ball down by one point with less than 10 seconds remaining, but guard Isaiah Thomas mishandled the ball and lost it out of bounds to give possession back to the Warriors.

Richard Jefferson broke free on the inbounds pass for a wide-open dunk with 2.8 seconds left to put the Warriors up 111-108.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson led all players with a career-high 31 points.

David Lee added 22 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists for Golden State.

DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points, 18 rebounds and five assists. Marcus Thornton and Tyreke Evans each added 16 points, while John Salmons had 17 points and six rebounds off the bench.

The Kings shot 47.3 percent, while the Warriors shot 48.9 percent.
"We did a good job defensively," said Kings head coach Keith Smart. "We made Klay have to work, but we got ourselves back into the game.

"But then in the last couple of plays we made mistakes. The ball was a turnover going out of bounds off of Isaiah and we had a breakdown at the end. The mistakes that we made were growing pains, but we've got to go through them and I hope that these games will help us as we go forward."

The Kings had rallied from 13 points down and taken a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter. They finished with 72 points in the paint, eclipsing 70 points in that area for the third consecutive game and the third time this season.

Cousins had just two points in the fourth quarter on two shot attempts. Smart said the Warriors went to a zone defense to try to deny Cousins the ball in the post and were successful in discouraging the Kings from getting the ball to Cousins.

Cousins, though, said he thought there was still room to get him the ball.

"We fought so hard to come back in the game and made a lot of big plays to get back in it," Cousins said. "We've just got to be smarter down the stretch."

Terrence Williams made his debut for the Kings and played a meaningful 7:17 down the stretch. He finished with five points and two rebounds, but also had two turnovers, including a costly one on a breakaway in the final minute.

Warriors 89, Kings 88

OAKLAND -- The Kings shot 60 percent in the third (15-of-25) to make this a one-point game heading into the final quarter.

DeMarcus Cousins and Marcus Thornton each scored 10 points for the Kings in the quarter.

Cousins has 26 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in the game. Thornton has 16, and John Salmons has 14 points off the bench.

The Kings' bench, which has been thoroughly outplayed by the Warriors' reserves in the teams' three meetings this season, is holding its own tonight. Golden State has a slight advantage in bench scoring, 24-20.

Klay Thompson has already set a career-high for the Warriors with 31 points. David Lee is nearing a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

The Warriors announced that guard Nate Robinson strained his right hamstring right before halftime and will not return.

Warriors 62, Kings 51

OAKLAND -- The Kings closed to within three points in the second quarter but could get no closer as the Warriors, led by guard Klay Thompson, continue to shoot at a high percentage.

Thompson leads all scorers with 21 points. The Warriors are shooting 54.3 percent as a team.

The Kings, meanwhile, are shooting 39.6 percent and have not looked as explosive offensively as in their past few games. They have 12 assists, compared to 20 assists for the Warriors.

DeMarcus Cousins leads the Kings with 16 points and nine rebounds. John Salmons has added 10 points off the bench.

Marcus Thornton is off to a cold start with six points on 2-of-8 shooting.

David Lee has 11 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Warriors. Nate Robinson has added 10 points and eight assists, but went to the locker room with just over a minute left after appearing to land awkwardly on his leg after a lay-up.

With Jason Thompson out, the Kings went to Hassan Whiteside earlier than normal. Whiteside has two points and three rebounds in seven minutes.

Warriors 34, Kings 24

OAKLAND - The Kings are off to a slow start, shooting 43.5 percent, while the Warriors are looking a like a team that has found its groove.

The Warriors are shooting 57.7 percent and have only one turnover. Forward David Lee already has six assists and Klay Thompson has 10 points.

The Kings have allowed seven points off three turnovers and are shooting 43.5 percent. DeMarcus Cousins has 10 points to lead the Kings.

Cousins is in position to have a good game. The Warriors started rookie Jeremy Tyler and are using Mickell Gladness, who was just signed to a 10-day contract, to back him up.

Andris Biedrins (strained right groin) did not dress for the game for Golden State.

Tyreke Evans returned to the starting lineup tonight. Donte' Greene started for Jason Thompson (ankle).

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