OAKLAND — John Salmons watched the replay repeatedly on a laptop near his locker.
He was caught between diving toward Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut and covering guard Klay Thompson.
Stuck in between both, David Lee made the right pass to Thompson, who hit a three-pointer to give the Warriors an 85-83 lead with 7.5 seconds to play as the Warriors would go on to win, 87-83, on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.
On a night the Kings made more defensive plays than they had in a while, they needed one more stop or a scoring play late.
They didn't get either as Tyreke Evans drive to the rim over Thompson was missed with 1.9 seconds to play.
Salmons continued to rewind the Thompson three as the locker room cleared out after the Kings' ninth loss in 11 games.
"I was guarding Klay," Salmons said. "I thought I saw Bogut open under the basket and thought they were going to pass it to him. And as soon as a I ran in to Bogut they threw it straight to Klay. I tried to contest. He hit a big shot." Thompson was scoreless in the fourth quarter until that shot and finished with a game-high 20 points.
"It was a drag screen for Steph (Curry)," Thompson said. "Lee was doing the pin down for me, he played the part well and he popped, the he found me right in the shooting pocket. All I had to do was catch and shoot." For the Kings, it was another disappointing ending after the bench led rallies in the second and fourth quarters.
The Warriors closed the first quarter on a 22-11 run to take a 28-21 lead.
It appeared the Kings were on pace to allow over 100 points again.
The Kings entered Wednesday's game allowing 115.3 points per game in their previous 12 games.
But the Kings found some defensive moxie in the second quarter.
The Kings held the Warriors to 13 points in the second quarter on 5-for-20 shooting. The effort was led by reserves Toney Douglas, Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes, and Marcus Thornton for the most part.