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Kings can’t prevent Warriors from pulling away late

DeMarcus Cousins sees improvement defensively, relishes having Matt Barnes as a teammate

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has wanted to play with Matt Barnes for awhile.
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Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has wanted to play with Matt Barnes for awhile.

Player of the game: DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points, six rebounds and four steals as the Kings lost to the Golden State Warriors 105-96 on Thursday at SAP Center in San Jose.

Turning point: The score was tied 78-78 after three quarters when both teams removed their regulars. The Warriors pulled away late in a battle of young players.

X-factor: Matt Barnes had 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in his first preseason action for the Kings.

Injuries: None.

Preseason records: Kings 0-2, Warriors 2-1.

Kings forward Matt Barnes tries to lead by example.

Kings point guard Ty Lawson doesn't feel like he's lost a step.

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