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Kings notes: Rudy Gay ejected in second quarter

Rudy Gay’s night on the court didn’t last long.

Gay was ejected with 8:15 left in the second quarter after being called for his second technical foul Friday night against Golden State at Oracle Arena.

It was Gay’s first ejection of the season. He now has a team-high seven technical fouls this season.

Gay was called for one technical foul for arguing over a foul call. After Klay Thompson missed the technical-foul free throw, Gay appeared to say something that caught the official’s attention and he was assessed a second technical.

Gay put his arms up as if waving to the crowd as he headed toward the tunnel leading to the visitors’ locker room.

Gay, the Kings’ second-leading scorer, was scoreless with four assists and three rebounds in 13 minutes. He missed all five of his field-goal attempts.

Quincy Miller started the second half for Gay.

Bus trip – Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro didn’t take the usual ride on the team bus with the Kings to the game.

D’Alessandro rode a bus with the grass-roots organization Crown Downtown and arrived a little more than two hours before tip-off.

D’Alessandro spent the ride to Oakland speaking with members of the group, who have been among the biggest supporters of the downtown arena currently being built.

D’Alessandro had a meeting Friday and considered driving down on his own but took the opportunity to ride with Crown Downtown instead when told the bus would be leaving from Sleep Train Arena.

D’Alessandro rode the team bus back to Sacramento after the game.

Switching it up – Derrick Williams started instead of Jason Thompson on Friday. It’s the second time Kings coach Tyrone Corbin has done so to try to match up to a team with a smaller power forward, as is the case with the Warriors, who start Draymond Green (6-foot-7, 230 pounds).

Williams also started at Minnesota on Jan. 1 to match up with the Timberwolves’ Shabazz Muhammad. Williams has started four games this season.

Still out – Kings forward Carl Landry missed his fifth straight game with a sprained right wrist. Landry expects to be able to practice this weekend as the Kings prepare to play the Knicks in New York on Monday.

The Warriors gave veteran swingman Andre Iguodala the night off to rest.

Sacramento rankings – Thompson moved into fourth all-time in Sacramento-era history with his 364th career blocked shot in the second quarter, passing LaSalle Thompson.

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