Kings awful shooting leads to spanking from Warriors


Let’s face it — nights like these are going to happen, and when you’re not that good to begin with, rock bottom can be a very deep place. The Sacramento Kings discovered new depths in Oakland on Friday, falling to the Golden State Warriors in a 48-minute beating, 102-69.

Things went south in a hurry for the Kings, who couldn’t have started the game much worse. A collection of careless turnovers and ugly missed shots really took Sacramento out of the game after a few minutes.

And saying the Kings struggled to make shots was the understatement of the year. Sacramento made just three of its first 24 shots. Ray McCallum and Ben McLemore combined to shoot 2-for-21 on the night. The Kings finished the night at a putrid 32.1 percent mark, including just 1-of-10 from long range.

17-6. 40-18. 59-27. 70-29. It was a night full of lopsided scores that just didn’t seem real.

The lone bright spot was the third quarter of DeMarcus Cousins. With the game well in hand for the Warriors, Cousins at least decided to show that one Kings player belonged on the same court. DMC scored 14 points in the third frame, knocking down five perimeter jumpers to showcase that side of his game. Cousins finished with a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds.

The Kings get another shot to play spoiler on Sunday when they take on a team in direct competition with the Warriors for final playoff seeding. The Mavericks will be the opponent in a home matinee for Sacramento, which sits at 27-49 with just six games left in the season.

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