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The Kings had the champs on the ropes. How the Warriors’ experience proved vital

Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (35) grimaces after injuring his left knee against the Warriors on Friday night, Dec. 14, 2018, at Golden 1 Center. An MRI revealed a bone bruise. He’ll be reevaluated in 10-14 days, the team said.
Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (35) grimaces after injuring his left knee against the Warriors on Friday night, Dec. 14, 2018, at Golden 1 Center. An MRI revealed a bone bruise. He’ll be reevaluated in 10-14 days, the team said. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The Kings built a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold off the Golden State Warriors, who rallied for a 130-125 victory Friday night at Golden 1 Center. Here are three takeaways from the game:

Coming up short again

For the second time in as many meetings, the Kings missed a chance to knock off the two-time defending champions.

Sacramento led 123-113 with 4:23 left, but the Warriors closed with a 17-2 run to secure the victory, their fourth in five meetings at Golden 1 Center.

The Kings led by six in a tightly contested fourth quarter Nov. 24 at Oracle Arena, but Klay Thompson’s layup with 5.8 seconds left gave the hosts a 117-116 victory.

“They just got us with their experience at the end,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said after Friday’s game. “We struggled to finish some shots once a lot of their switching happened in the last three minutes.”

Kings forward Iman Shumpert, who left the game late in the third quarter and was later ruled out with a hip contusion, said the team needs to execute better down the stretch.

“I thought we got tight with the ball and were playing not to lose as opposed to playing to win,” he said. “You’ve got to keep your foot on the gas.”

Bagley injured early; will miss at least two weeks

Marvin Bagley III had the best stat game in the NBA when these teams met Nov. 24 in Oakland.

The rookie big man tied his scoring high with 20 points and pulled down a career-best 17 rebounds in recording the second of his four double-doubles.

On Friday, his night was over after five minutes and it’s uncertain when he’ll take the floor next.

Bagley took a hard fall after being inadvertently undercut by Damion Lee while trying to corral a rebound early in the second quarter. He grabbed at his left knee but got up and scored a layup on the Kings’ next possession before signaling to the bench that he needed to come out.

He walked down the tunnel toward the locker room before being assisted by two men. Bagley was quickly diagnosed with a sprained knee and missed the rest of the contest. An MRI later revealed a bone bruise, the team said. He’ll be reevaluated in 10-14 days.

Letting it fly from 3

The Kings entered the game with the league’s best 3-point percentage. Just behind them were the Warriors.

Both teams let it fly from outside.

Neither team improved their percentage, but the Warriors won that battle, hitting 37.5 percent (15 of 40) to the Kings’ 34.1 percent (15 of 44).

Sacramento was led by Buddy Hield, who made 5 of 13 from beyond the arc for a team-leading 27 points, and Nemanja Bjelica was 4 of 5 on 3s. No other Kings player had more than one.

Stephen Curry was 5 of 14, Kevin Durant 4 of 8 and Klay Thompson 4 of 12 for Golden State. Curry led all scorers with 35 points.

Noel Harris: 916-321-1602, @SacBeeNoel
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