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Emotions run high, Vince Carter gets a flagrant as Warriors down Kings

Kevin Durant had 27 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 112-96 victory over the Kings on Saturday at Golden 1 Center. Klay Thompson returned from a thumb injury to add 25 points for the Warriors (55-21).

Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was carried off the court on a stretcher after a hard fall with 41.8 seconds left in the third quarter. McCaw was in the air for a layup when Vince Carter made contact with his leg.

McCaw was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for evaluation.

Carter was assessed a flagrant one foul on the play.

The Kings have lost four straight and eight of their last 10. They'll begin a four-game road trip Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Buddy Hield led the Kings (24-53) with 19 points. De'Aaron Fox had 15 points and eight assists.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Tempers flare

Skal Labissiere reacted aggressively when fouled by Shaun Livingston in the second quarter. Nick Young picked up a technical foul for pushing Cooley.

For a game that has no bearing on the postseason, there was a lot of emotion. That's not necessarily bad for the Kings, who have been called too nice too often this season.

Fox figures it out

Fox had scored in single digits in three of his previous four games, but had 10 points in the first quarter Saturday. It was obvious early that Fox would not sit back while Quinn Cook, who is starting for injured star Stephen Curry, put on another impressive showing.

Cook, a two-way player for the Warriors, had 25 points, his career-high at the time, when the Kings won at Golden State on March 16. He scored 10 with three assists Saturday.

Late-season lineups

Zach Randolph (personal) was out and Kosta Koufos was held out. That put the Kings' two two-way players, Jack Cooley and JaKarr Sampson, in the rotation. Seldom-used forward Bruno Caboclo also played.

With five more games left in the season, Cooley and Sampson could see more playing time. Newly signed forward Nigel Hayes could also take the court.

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