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Kings routed in season opener by Warriors

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) reflects being fouled and missing a shot against the Golden State Warriors.
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) reflects being fouled and missing a shot against the Golden State Warriors. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The Kings spent much of the offseason talking up an improved offense.

They won’t want to use the season opener as an example of that improved scoring.

The Kings were woeful on offense, piling up missed shots and turnovers in a 95-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena.

The Kings shot 30.8 percent and had 27 turnovers, allowing the Warriors to win on a night they were far from stellar.

Golden State opened up the game in the third with a 22-4 run to take a 73-58 lead and coast in the fourth despite shooting just 44 percent with 22 turnovers.

DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 20 points but shot just 4 of 14. Rudy Gay added 14 points but also struggled from the field, shooting 5 of 15. Darren Collison had 13 points, eight assists and five steals, but shot 4 of 12.

The Kings led 49-47 at halftime even though their shooting was abysmal.

Sacramento shot 31.1 percent in the first half, but attempted 23 free throws, making 19, to hold an advantage.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors (1-0) with 24 points and six assists.

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