Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/6/12
SACRAMENTO -- DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Aaron Brooks scored six points down the stretch to lift the Sacramento Kings over the Golden State Warriors 94-92 Monday night at Sleep Train Arena. It was the Kings' first victory of the season after they opened with three losses on the road. The win wasn't sealed until Golden State's Stephen Curry missed a desperation 3-pointer off an inbounds pass at the buzzer. Brooks sank running shots in the lane with 1:54 left to play for a 91-86 lead and with 1:15 to go for a 93-88 advantage. Two Klay Thompson free throws brought the Warriors (2-2) within 93-92 with 28 seconds to go, but Thompson missed an elbow jumper with 4.8 seconds left. James Johnson made a free throw to give Sacramento a 94-92 lead with 1.2 seconds remaining. Thompson torched the Kings the last time the teams met in a regular-season game, scoring a career-high 31 points in a 111-108 victory last season. He had 22 points Monday. David Lee added 20 points and six rebounds for Golden State, which also received 12 points from both Andrew Bogut and Curry. Neither team shot well in a sloppy first half. The Kings made 46.7 percent of their shots from the floor to the Warriors' 37.5 percent, helping Sacramento emerge with a 52-44 halftime lead. Center Andrew Bogut, rounding back into shape following knee surgery, saw his first action for the Warriors. He started and logged five minutes and four points over the first two quarters. Bogut was acquired from Milwaukee via a midyear trade last season, and his fall conditioning prompted Warriors executive Jerry West to say Bogut could emerge as one of the NBA's top big men again. Bogut was spelled by rookie first-round pick Festus Ezeli, who played 10 first-half minutes while scoring one point in front of a throng of hometown friends. Ezeli did not play basketball while attending Sacramento's Jesuit High School, as he was a late bloomer. Marcus Thornton, the Kings' sixth man, scored 14 first-half points to lead all scorers. Warriors guard Stephen Curry shot 1-for-9 in the first half and had six points. Kings guard Tyreke Evans was shut out in 13 first-half minutes, missing all four shots. Kings center Demarcus Cousins had 10 points and nine rebounds in the first half and showed that he had lost weight in the offseason by soaring for two dunks, including a put-back. NOTES: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a native of the city and a former All-Star guard for the Phoenix Suns, attended the game and said he would continue his efforts to keep the Kings in California's capital. ... Kings coach Keith Smart was the Warriors' coach during the 2010-11 season after working as an assistant with Golden State the previous seven seasons. ... The Kings have gone 22-6 in home openers since arriving in Sacramento in 1985. They've won 14 of 16 and seven in a row. ... The Kings and Nuggets were the only NBA teams to start their seasons with three consecutive road games.
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