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Thompson, Warriors top Kings
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Klay Thompson had 27 points and seven rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings 98-87 on Saturday.
"I thought our defense was outstanding. We did an outstanding job of being aggressive and taking their home-run hitters out of the equation," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said.
Stephen Curry added 22 points and 12 assists, although he turned the ball over seven times. David Lee chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who were coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.
Curry had 11 giveaways against the Clippers.
Rookie Ben McLemore netted 19 points off the bench to lead Sacramento, which had won three of its prior four meetings against Golden State coming in. Travis Outlaw tallied 15 points and 12 boards in defeat.
"I thought our energy, the fact that we were not ready to play, is what set the tone all night," Kings head coach Michael Malone said.
Thompson had six points during a 14-4 Golden State run over the latter stages of the first quarter, which helped it build a 27-14 cushion.
McLemore beat the first-quarter buzzer when he banked home a shot from beyond halfcourt to cut the gap to 27-17.
Thompson capped a 13-2 spurt late in the second with a pull-up 3 to stake the Warriors a healthy 49-28 cushion. Golden State headed into the locker room with a 56-36 advantage.
The Warriors led by as many as 27 in the third before taking a 79-59 spread into the fourth.
Golden State shot 51.3 percent (39-of-76), while Sacramento was just 34.5 percent (30-of-87) from the floor ... Curry was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc ... Jason Thompson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings.
11/03 02:35:27 ET