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Joerger loud, defense active but hot-shooting Warriors knock off the Kings

Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry on Friday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry on Friday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 33 points, making 6 of 7 3-point attempts, to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 119-104 win over the Kings on Friday night at Golden 1 Center.

The Warriors (41-11), who shot 55 percent for the game, also got 23 points from Stephen Curry and 20 points from Klay Thompson.

Zach Randolph led the Kings (16-35) with 18 points and seven rebounds. Justin Jackson added 17 points. De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield each had 16 points.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Kings active on defense

Sacramento forced 25 turnovers, one short of their season high. Their ability to force turnovers kept them in the game in the fourth quarter before the Warriors’ superior scorers took over down the stretch.

The active hands and deflections are a big part of how the Kings want to play defense. They just cannot allow teams to shot above 50 percent.

Coach is just fine

If anyone thought Dave Joerger would change his approach after he had to leave last Sunday’s game at San Antonio after feeling lightheaded, they were wrong.

Joerger returned to the sideline after missing Tuesday’s win at New Orleans and was as loud as ever and on the officials about calls that weren’t in the Kings’ favor.

He even received a technical foul in the fourth quarter.

Floor game

The Kings were playing on their alternative court with the black logo and black lane to the basket.

Players from both teams could be heard complaining about it, which has been the case when the Kings have used it this season.

Players worked a little harder, repeatedly checking the soles of their shoes, to ensure they kept their footing, but still slipped more than usual.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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