Final Score: Sacramento 131, Golden State 127
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Aaron Brooks, one of seven Kings scoring
in double figures, hit a critical 3-pointer in crunch time to help Sacramento
beat the Golden State Warriors for the second time this season in a 131-127
offensive showcase between Pacific Division foes.
The crowd at Sleep Train Arena, which housed a large contingent of Warriors
fans, saw both teams shoot 50 percent from the field and 24-of-45 (53 percent)
from 3-point range.
Brooks finished with 23 points, DeMarcus Cousins added 24 -- 14 from the foul
line -- and Marcus Thornton netted 19 in his return from a four-game absence
for the Kings, who snapped a five-game losing streak.
"Since I got here it's been a rivalry," Thornton said about playing the
Warriors. "We get into it more because of the fans. Every time we play them
it's always intense and we always try to come out ahead."
Stephen Curry led Golden State with 32 points before fouling out with 2:13
remaining. David Lee and Jarrett Jack chipped in 29 and 28 points,
respectively, in the setback.
The Warriors, who had won seven of eight coming in, trailed by 14 one minute
into the fourth, but used a 22-7 run to take their first lead since it was
9-8. Carl Landry scored on four straight possessions during the spurt, and
Curry drained 3-pointers on consecutive touches for a 112-111 lead with 6:23
It stayed close coming down the stretch and was tied, 118-118, when Curry
committed his sixth foul with 2:13 to play. John Salmons went 1-for-2 at the
line to break the deadlock, and Brooks connected on a huge 3-pointer the next
possession for a four-point lead.
After Jack made 1-of-2 at the stripe with 90 seconds left, Thornton hit from
the same spot as Brooks on the previous possession. Sacramento, which wound
up shooting 34-of-42 from the foul line, held on for the win by making all six
free throw attempts in the final 21.3 seconds.
"We are a team that can be beaten by the best and beaten by the worst. We have
to play our brand of basketball in order to stay successful and when we don't,
we can be disappointed," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.
The Kings scored 11 straight points midway through the first quarter to build
a lead. Brooks had 12 in the opening 12 minutes and beat the buzzer with a
fadeaway jumper for a 33-24 advantage.
The margin reached 15 when Jimmer Fredette drained a 3-pointer for a 50-35
edge early in the second, and Sacramento still led at the break, 63-55,
despite Jack and Lee combining for 23 points in the frame.
The closest the Warriors got in the third quarter was six, and it was a 99-88
game entering the final stanza.
Sacramento beat the Warriors, 94-92, in its home opener on Nov. 5 ... Rounding
out the Kings' high scorers were Salmons (17 points), Fredette (15), Isaiah
Thomas (11) and Jason Thompson (10). Thompson also pulled down a game-high 15
rebounds ... Kings point guard Tyreke Evans (knee) sat out for the second
straight game and seventh time this season ... Thornton missed the previous
four for personal reasons ... The Warriors won the battle on the glass, 42-40.
They were 16-1 when outrebounding the opposition ... Golden State is 8-1
against opponents with winning records on the day of the game and 5-6 against
opponents with losing records.
12/20 01:56:23 ET
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