OAKLAND, Calif. -- If anything, games involving the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors have been intense, leading to stare-downs, angry words and idle threats.
That all happened in the last preseason game between the teams.
There wasn't much of that Saturday at Oracle Arena, because the game wasn't close most of the night.
The Kings lost their second consecutive game as the Warriors exploited Sacramento's attempts at defense and inept offense 98-87.
The game wasn't as close as the score would suggest. The Kings trailed by 27 points and were outplayed almost from the start as the Warriors coasted most of the second half.
The Kings can look at their defense for their shortcomings, again.
After holding Denver to 88 points in a season-opening win, the defensive problems that have plagued the Kings have been on display.
After allowing the Los Angeles Clippers to shoot 50 percent Friday night, the Kings watched the Warriors shoot 51.3 percent.
Meanwhile, the offense wasn't working for the Kings, who shot just 34.5 percent (30 of 87).
History suggested the game would be close.
The Kings won the series 3-1 last season, and the teams usually play each other tough.
Before the game, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said the Kings played the Warriors with a "chip" on their collective shoulders last season, while noting improvement to start the season.
"They were a bad basketball team, and when you are a bad basketball team you are looking for an edge and there are certain nights you get up," Jackson said. "The question with them was never about effort or talent, it was about sustaining it. The energy, the effort and the passion. Because we were the team up the street, it's easy to get up for a game against us.
"The difference right now is that they have gotten after it and are playing with confidence, attempting to defend, and they deserve some credit."
Kings coach Michael Malone wasn't happy with the defense Saturday.
Golden State's starting backcourt was superb.
Klay Thompson scored a game-high 27 points. He did so efficiently, shooting 10 of 17. Stephen Curry had 22 points and a game-high 12 assists.
Malone, having coached with Golden State the past two seasons, knew beforehand what that duo was capable of.
Plus, the Warriors added Andre Iguodala in the offseason, so last season's success was irrelevant.
"They have two guys that can explode on you at any point in Steph and Klay, an All-Star big man in David Lee. Iguodala is a facilitator,' Malone said.
"So they have so many weapons, but for us it's about coming out with the right mindset, not using fatigue as an excuse coming off that game (Friday) night, but we don't even worry about what happened last year."
The Kings' starting guards -- Greivis Vasquez and Marcus Thornton -- combined for nine points on 4-of-16 shooting.
The Kings' starters all had off nights with none scoring in double figures and managing 22 total points.
The bulk of the King' production came from reserves.
Rookie guard Ben McLemore led the Kings with 19 points.
Isaiah Thomas added 12 points and five assists but shot just 2 of 10.
Travis Outlaw had 15 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for the Kings (1-2) while Jason Thompson added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The starters carried the Warriors (2-1) with Lee adding 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The Kings will be off Sunday before preparing to host the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday at Sleep Train Arena.
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