Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/20/12
SACRAMENTO -- It was a game that reminded some of the way the NBA used to look. The Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors had an old-fashioned shootout displaying the best of offensive basketball and a modicum of defense here and there. When it was over, the Kings were left standing with a 131-127 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night before an announced crowd of 12,885 at Sleep Train Arena. The victory ended a five-game losing streak for the Kings (8-17). The Warriors (18-8) lost their second game in as many meetings to Sacramento despite 32 points from Stephen Curry and 29 by David Lee, who also had eight rebounds. The Kings got 24 points from DeMarcus Cousins, 23 by Aaron Brooks, 19 from Marcus Thornton and 17 by John Salmons. Brooks and Thornton combined to score the bulk of the Kings' points down the stretch by playing off each other, setting up wide-open three-point attempts. Brooks scored a season-high and maybe more importantly helped the Kings get off to the breakneck pace that coach Keith Smart was seeking. Brooks played last season in China and Smart said he hopes this game was a sign his veteran point guard is getting back into the swing of things. "I've got to get that guy back over across that Great Wall," Smart said of Brooks. "I want him to push the ball and help us get the game at the up-tempo pace we want. And he did that in the first quarter." Brooks admitted he's just getting back into the flow. "We used to walk (the ball) up the floor," Brooks said. "We didn't get any foul calls so we walked it up. But I'm starting to get my sea legs and feel like I'm playing the way we need to play." The Kings' season-high 131 points were the most in a regular-season game since they lost 140-132 on April 8, 2008. Both teams made 50 percent of their field-goal attempts shot 50 percent or better from three-point range and above 80 percent from the free-throw line. Golden State coach Mark Jackson lamented his team's defensive effort. "It was very tough," he said, "... disappointing to allow a team to score 131 points without of its best players (Tyreke Evans)." The Warriors slowly took the lead from the Kings in the second half predominantly behind the shooting of Curry and former Kings forward Carl Landry. Landry was quiet, but came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the period. Curry scored 23 of his 32 points in the second half before fouling out with 2:13 to play. Kings small forward John Salmons attacked the smaller Curry on successive possessions and drew the sixth foul. The teams traded the lead after Curry made a 3-pointer to give Golden State a 112-111 lead. The Kings, who owned a 63-55 halftime lead, benefited greatly from Thornton's return. He'd missed the previous four games while tending to his mother in Louisiana. Thornton made 5 of 10 3-point attempts. "It's fun to play against the Warriors because we're a high-energy team and so are they," said Thornton, who started the second half after Francisco Garcia bruised his back in a fall. "I finally started getting a feel in the second half." NOTES: The Kings were looking for improvement from each of their players, but no one has shown more than guard Jimmer Fredette. The second-year guard has played with a great deal of confidence. Despite limited and erratic playing time, Fredette has scored 47 points in his past three games and has made 6 of 13 3-point attempts. ... The Kings recalled forward Tyler Honeycutt from their Reno Bighorns of the Development League. ... Lee has had 10 20-point/10-rebound games. Lee is tied with Miami's LeBron James for the most 20-10 games this season. ... Warriors guard Jarrett Jack has been a member of six franchises during his seven NBA seasons. Jack has a positive mindset regarding his constant team movement. "I look at it like somebody wants me and I must have been playing pretty well for that to be the case. I don't know why I've been traded so much."
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