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October 18, 2009
Mason impresses Westphal without impressive stats

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Time to touch on a couple things I didn't hit on in my game story that focused on the big game from Jason Thompson in the Kings' 101-94 preseason win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

*Kings coach Paul Westphal touched on the impact Desmond Mason had on the game. He only made one of his eight shots in his second game of the preseason but Westphal liked what Mason added.

"I thought (Saturday night) even though Desmond didn't shoot the ball well he was a big reason we were able to win the game," Westphal said. "He was part of the group in the first quarter that got us off to the big lead. In the fourth quarter when no one else could guard Corey Maggette he did a real professional job on him."

Mason hasn't shot the ball well in his two games. He's two for 13, but Westphal said Mason was also a key in the Kings good start in their preseason game against the Lakers.

Mason had a chance to get the crowd going when Tyreke Evans tried to throw him a lob for a dunk in the first quarter.

Spencer Hawes, who tried to get the ball while Mason was in the air, foiled the plan.

Evans joked after the game Hawes only did that because he was still mad about blowing an alley-oop dunk against the Lakers.

*Westphal added Beno Udrih (four points, two assists) and Omri Casspi (eight pints, three rebounds) had big games without big stats.

*Westphal joked that "we're taking Kevin Martin for granted" after his 32-point performance. Martin made all 15 of his free throws after missing four of six foul shots against the Lakers.

*I'm going to let Sam Amick cover all the praise Evans received from the Warriors in detail. Evans he finished with 16 points, six rebounds and three assists. He made seven of 14 shots including a late jumper when the defense sagged off to prevent his penetration.

The Warriors eventually put small forward Stephen Jackson on Evans as the Kings' rookie was too big for Monta Ellis.

--Jason Jones

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