Changing teams usually involves a feeling-out period when the new player defers unnecessarily to his new teammates. Marcus Thornton said his feeling-out period with the Kings lasted two games. In his third game, he scored 29 points. Monday night's game was Thornton's 10th as a King, and it was memorable. Thornton scored a career-high 42 points to lead the Kings over the Golden State Warriors 129-119 at Power Balance Pavilion. He set his previous high of 37 points Feb. 23, 2010, as a rookie with New Orleans at Cleveland. The win ended a six-game losing streak for the Kings, who scored their second-most points this season, trailing a 136-133 overtime loss to Washington. It was also a showcase for Thornton, who is averaging 22.2 points as a King. After a standout rookie season, Thornton saw his playing time decrease in New Orleans under a new coach and general manager. But since being traded with cash to the Kings for Carl Landry on Feb. 23, Thornton has found his game again. "After those first two games, coach (Paul Westphal) pulled me aside and said, 'We need you to be aggressive. That's what we brought you in for,' " Thornton said. "So I just took that upon myself and tried to be aggressive every game now." Westphal said Thornton has been a scorer since high school and he didn't want the second-year guard to worry about mistakes. Thornton has delivered offensively, but even Westphal didn't expect this kind of production. "Certainly, that's above and beyond what you expect from anybody, especially after a guy comes over and wasn't playing all that much for the team he was on," Westphal said. "He's just needed the opportunity, and he's embraced it in a big way." The other King who embraced his opportunities Monday was center Samuel Dalembert. He scored a career-high 27 points to go with 16 rebounds.
Thornton scores 42 as Kings outrace Warriors
Sacramento Bee | Mar 15