NBA: Kevin Durant lights up Sacramento Kings from beyond the arc

Golden State Warriors' forward Kevin Durant in action against Utah Jazz on Jan 30, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Kevin Durant connected on six of Golden State's 17 three-pointers on Friday night (Feb 2), helping the Warriors avenge a November loss to the Sacramento Kings with a 119-104 victory at the Golden 1 Centre in Sacramento, California.

Durant had 33 points, Stephen Curry 23 and Klay Thompson 20 for Golden State, who outscored the Kings 51-30 from beyond the arc.

The Warriors have not recorded a two-game losing streak all season and were coming off a 129-99 defeat at Utah on Tuesday night.

All five Kings starters scored in double figures, led by Zach Randolph with 18 points.

Sacramento had beaten the Warriors in their last meeting, taking advantage of the absences of Durant (sprained ankle) and Curry (bruised hand) to record a 110-106 win at Golden State.

The Kings also had beaten their home state rival in their most recent meeting in Sacramento, that coming last February in a 109-106 overtime affair.

The Warriors trailed by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, then led 89-88 with 7min 55sec to go before getting five late three-pointers, including two apiece by Durant and Nick Young, to pull away.

Young finished with 12 points, all coming on four-for-six shooting on three-pointers.

Thompson also had four three-pointers, while Curry added three.

Zaza Pachulia contributed a game-high 13 rebounds for the Warriors, who were playing the front end of back-to-back games on the road. They visit Denver on Saturday.

Justin Jackson (17), De'Aaron Fox (16), Buddy Hield (16), Willie Cauley-Stein (13) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (12) joined Randolph in double figures for the Kings, who were playing at home for the first time after a 3-3 trip that ended with three wins in their last four games.

Jackson and Hield had two three-pointers apiece among the 10 the Kings converted while Bogdanovic had four.

Sacramento welcomed coach Dave Joerger back to the bench after he had to leave the team during its trip after experiencing light-headedness in a game against San Antonio on Sunday.

Assistant Elston Turner coached the Kings to their 114-103 win over the Pelicans at New Orleans on Tuesday.

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