By Charlie O. Mallonee
After being blown out 132-93 by the Utah Jazz on Thursday night, the Sacramento Kings needed to bounce back in the second game of a back-to-back in Portland on Friday to prove that they are not a “walk-over team” in the 2018-19 season. The Kings did not win on Friday night, but they did not embarrass themselves either. Sacramento fought to the end but came up short losing to the Trail Blazers 118-115.
Sacramento did not go into the game with positive news. Point guard De’Aaron Fox and head coach Dave Joerger were both pregame scratches because of the stomach flu. That is not the way you want to start a game you need to win–no head coach and down one superstar.
The Kings fell behind 32-20 at the end of the first quarter, and it looked like it might be another ugly loss for Sacramento on the road. The Kings bounced back in the second quarter and outscored the Trail Blazers 35-25.
The Kings kept the game close and had a chance to win the contest right up to the end. With one-tenth of a second remaining, Frank Mason put up a 3-point shot that missed. Had that shot been good–the Kings would have won the game.
- Buddy Hield was the Kings co-high scorer in the game with 19 points. Hield went a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. He also had four assists.
- Yogi Ferrell also scored 19 points in the game. Ferrell shot 7-for-15 from the field. He also added five assists.
- Marvin Bagley III–MBIII5 scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. He shot 7-for-11 from the field.
- Willie Cauley-Stein and Frank Mason each scored 14 points in the game.
- Nemanja Bjelica put up 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
What the Trail Blazers did
- CJ McCollum led the Trail Blazers scoring attack with 21 points. He also had nine rebounds and six assists.
- Meyers Leonard added 17 points and nine rebounds.
- Nik Stauskas (remember him?) recorded 15 points. He hit 4-of-7 from 3-point land.
- Zach Collins scored 15 points in 31 minutes on the floor. He shot 7-of-12 from the floor.
- SAC shot 42.2-percent from the floor (38-for-90).
- The Kings hit 10-of-24 (41.7-percent) from 3-point land.
- Sacramento went 29-for-33 (87.9-percent) from the free throw line.
The start of the 2018-19 regular season on Wednesday, October 17 versus the Utah Jazz at 7:00 pm PT inside the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.