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Final Score: Kings Outlast the Warriors in Shootout, 131 to 127

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Kings get huge performances from their guards in an explosive affair at Sleep Train Arena to end five game losing streak.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento ended its five game losing streak Wednesday night in exciting fashion. The Kings and Warriors put on an offensive showcase for the fans, combining for 258 points, 14 threes, and 50% shooting from the field. Both teams scored 30 or more points in each quarter aside from the first, where the Warriors scored just 24.

The Warriors had the biggest individual contributions with Steph Curry (32 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), David Lee (29 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) and Jarrett Jack (28 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists) all having huge games, but the rest of the team combined for just 38 points.

The Kings were led by center DeMarcus Cousins' 24 points, of which most came at the free throw line where he was 14-18. Cousins also finished with 5 assists and 7 rebounds, some of which were absolutely huge in the crucial fourth quarter.

All of Sacramento's guards stepped up in big ways as well. Aaron Brooks scored 23 points and 5 assists, hitting all three of his three pointers. Marcus Thornton came back from his absence with a return to form, scoring 19 points and nailing five triples. Isaiah Thomas added 11 points on 5-7 shooting with 3 assists in 18 minutes and Jimmer Fredette scored 15 points in 15 minutes.

The biggest difference in the game was at the line, where the Kings shot an amazing 42 attempts, of which they made 34. The Warriors on the other hand were 22 of 25, a 12 point differential. Foul trouble also cost them the services of star Stephen Curry, who picked up his sixth and final foul late in the fourth quarter.

This is Sacramento's second win against the Warriors this season, the first being the home opener. Sacramento is now 8-17 and will face a tough task on Friday as they visit the Los Angeles Clippers, where they lost by 35 points a couple weeks ago.

But let's not think of such things now. Instead, let's dance! Full recap will be up in the morning. For the opponent's perspective, check out Golden State Of Mind.


Final - 12.19.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Golden State Warriors 24 31 33 11 99
Sacramento Kings 33 30 36 6 105

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