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The Warriors stayed within 1.5 games of the Clippers in the Pacific Division standings by splitting a pair of games, while the Kings saw their losing streak extend to four games after a pair of losses over the weekend.
Golden State started its weekend off on the wrong foot with a disappointing 99-85 loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday night. The Warriors had won the first five games of their seven game road trip, but couldn't handle the Magic's balanced attack and lost to Orlando for the second time in their last 10 games. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 25 points and David Lee added 24 points and 15 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to topple the Magic.
The Warriors (16-8) bounced back from the loss to the Magic with a huge 115-93 win over the surprising Atlanta Hawks on Saturday at Phillips Arena. Lee led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds, rookie Harrison Barnes chipped in with 19 points and Curry added 18 points and 11 assists in the win.
The Kings (7-16) struggled over the weekend, dropping a pair of games. On Friday night, Sacramento was downed on the road by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 113-103. Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 26 points off the bench and Tyreke Evans added 21, but it wasn't enough to upset Kevin Durant and company.
Sacramento returned home to play host to the Nuggets on Sunday night at Sleep Train Arena, and were promptly hammered by Denver, 122-97. The Kings had an awful shooting night, making just 34 percent of their shots from the field. They trailed by 18 points at the half and never had a chance at downing the Nuggets.