Kings takeaways: What we learned in dramatic 127-123 loss to Warriors



SACRAMENTO -- For the first time this season, the Kings dropped their fourth consecutive contest. That fact was completely overshadowed by one of the most entertaining games of the NBA season.

The Kings went toe-to-toe against the reigning back-to-back NBA champions Saturday night and barely came up short. The Kings and the Warriors set an NBA record for 3-pointers made in a game, combining to hit 41 triples in a wild up-and-down contest.

In the end, the Warriors did just enough to escape with the 127-123 win at Golden 1 Center.  

Here are three takeaways as the Kings dropped below .500 at 19-20 on the season.

Record night

Buddy Hield went off. The Kings’ shooting guard found his shooting stroke early, and through three quarters, he was unstoppable. 

Buddy Buckets set a new career high in 3-pointers, knocking down eight shots from behind the arc on his way to 32 points. 

He disappeared in the fourth quarter, going scoreless in the final frame, but he still managed to add five rebounds and four assists.

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Action Jackson

Justin Jackson had a ballgame. The sophomore wing scored a career-high 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting and 5 of 7 from long range. 

Jackson was aggressive on both ends of the floor. He didn’t shy away from the moment and almost pushed his team over the top.

Willie Cauley-Stein quiets the critics

Cauley-Stein has drawn the ire of Kings fans for his inconsistent play of late, but against the Warriors, he was pretty spectacular. 

The 7-footer posted a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double night and added six assists in the loss. 

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