--Kings coach Paul Westphal raves about newcomer guard Marcus Thornton, who has averaged 22 points since his acquisition before the trade deadline.
"He's an excellent addition," the coach said. "He's the type of player you can build with. He's a good teammate, a nice piece to the future. He has a real feel for the game, a baller."
He wasn't much of a baller against Denver on Friday, scoring 11 points.
--Kings guard Tyreke Evans continues to sparkle in his return to action after missing 19 games with a sore left foot.
"This year, compared to last year, you can tell the difference with how he was playing with pain," Westphal said. "Now he's pain-free and it's night and day. He's playing like Tyreke again."
--The Kings are 10-28 at home this season, tying them with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the worst home record in the NBA. Cleveland has a home win and a road win against the Kings.
--Former Kings owner Jim Thomas sat courtside in seats normally reserved for current owners Joe and Gavin Maloof. The Maloofs haven't attended a home game in five weeks, likely in fear of being booed.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"He runs like Secretariat." -- Kings coach Paul Westphal, on the health of Tyreke Evans.
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