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Warriors eye bounce-back effort versus Kings
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors will try to rebound from a disappointing, nationally televised loss Thursday night when they host the Sacramento Kings at Oracle Arena on Saturday.
The Warriors fell to the Los Angeles Clippers, their primary rivals in the Pacific Division, 126-115. This came a day after the Warriors clobbered the Lakers, 125-94.
Offense clearly hasn't been a problem for the Warriors in the early going, but defense and turnovers have plagued them. Golden State allowed that huge point total to the Clippers, specifically the 42 Chris Paul scored, but gave the ball away 25 times, which led to 28 Clippers points.
"We had some break downs, too many turn overs," said head coach Mark Jackson. "I thought at times we were very good and there were times where we can't turn the basketball over that much. They made us paid the price."
The game against the Clippers got chippy. Blake Griffin stepped on Jackson's foot during an inbounds pass and Jackson and Griffin had a lengthy conversation about it.
Andrew Bogut of the Warriors and DeAndre Jordan got into a pushing match and were both whistled for technical fouls.
Paul's game eclipsed a big scoring night for Steph Curry. He netted 38 points on 9-for-14 3-point shooting. Curry also had nine assists, but committed a whopping 11 turnovers.
David Lee scored 22 points, followed by 17 from Bogut, 14 points and 11 assists by Andre Iguodala and 10 points out of Klay Thompson, who torched the Lakers for 38.
Sacramento will play its first road game of the season and split its first two home games versus Denver and the Clippers. After taking down the Nuggets 90-88 on Wednesday, the Kings dropped a 110-101 decision to the Clippers on Friday.
DeMarcus Cousins posted 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Isaiah Thomas had a game-high 29 points off the bench. Marcus Thornton delivered 17 points for the Kings, who lost despite shooting a decent 45.6 percent for the game and made only 6-of-17 3-pointers.
The Kings had a 92-90 lead at one point, but L.A. pulled away for good.
"Any time we play a division rival it's going to be a hotly-contested game. We just have to have great mental toughness," Kings coach Michael Malone said.
A 31-24 advantage for the Clippers and 26 points by Chris Paul were too much for Sacramento. The Kings will have to ride Cousins once again unless they get another performance from Thomas. But in two games this season, Cousins has two double-doubles to combine for 54 points and 24 boards. He had 30 points and 14 rebounds against the Nuggets.
The Kings took three of four from the Warriors last season, including a late- season victory in Oakland, where they are 5-15 in the past 20.
11/02 10:54:12 ET
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