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December 1, 2013
Postgame notes: Patrick Patterson goes perfect from the field

Some notes and quotes from today's game, won by Golden State, 115-113, on two free throws by Stephen Curry with 8.6 seconds to play.

*Patrick Patterson did not miss a shot today (8-for-8, 2-for-2 on three pointers) in scoring 18 points. Patterson also had seven rebounds.

"It felt good, especially from the three-point line," Patterson said. "I can't remember the last time I made two in a game."

The last time that happened was Nov. 8 at Portland.

*One change that's worked for the Kings is moving Patterson to the bench. He's actually scoring and rebounding better as a reserve in seven games (7.7 points, 5.7 rebounds per game) than he did in six starts (5.7 points, 4.7 rebounds per game).

"I'm not worried about my scoring, just focused on my defense and rebounding," Patterson said. "Opportunities to shoot the ball will come throughout the course of the game but if I focus on defense and rebounding and providing opportunities for my teammates and making it easier for them on the defensive end I'll be fine."

*DeMarcus Cousins had the unique experience of being called for a Flagrant Foul 2 in the fourth quarter only to see it downgraded to an offensive foul against Andrew Bogut.

Cousins was asked what his first thought was when he heard that announcement.

"DeMarcus Cousins," he said, referring to his reputation with officials.

"I've never seen that before -- ever," Cousins said. "I've never seen a Flagrant 2 go to a regular foul."'

*Kings coach Michael Malone on that Flagrant Foul 2 situation:

"Thank goodness they can review it and they downgraded it to a regular foul. That's a challenge of ours too. Every night we go out there and bust our humps and the whistle's not going our way at times, we have to find a way to overcome that and not use that as an excuse and find other ways to get wins."

More Malone:

"I must admit I didn't' realize theyd' called a Flagrant 2 and had signaled an ejection. So if I'd known that he might have had to calm me down."

*Cousins ended up being the go-to player down the stretch. The Warriors opted not to double time Cousins and he scored over Bogut twice to tie the game in the final minute.

*Cousins did pick up his league-leading fifth technical foul in the game.

*Perimeter defense remains a major problem for the Kings.

The Kings allowed Curry and Klay Thompson have it too easy to start the game and once they got going, there wasn't much the Kings could do defensively.

Curry weaved his way through defenders while Thompson seemed to be open far too often.

Curry had 36 points and 10 assists. Thompson had 28 points, including a career-high eight three pointers.

"I got a lot of open looks. I let it fly," Thompson said. "That's how I got to play - just let it fly and not think about it."

*Isaiah Thomas on his layup attempt to tie the game that was blocked by Bogut:

"I think I made a pretty good move but I got a little too deep. ... I got it with my back turned to the basket so I just wanted to try to get to the hoop and Bogut played it well."

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