photo from sacbee.com: The Sacramento Kings’ Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) takes a jump shot against the Miami Heat’s Kendrick Nunn (25) at Golden One Center in Sacramento on Friday night
By Jeremiah Salmonson
SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings faced a tough challenge on the first night of a back to back against the Miami Heat. The Heat are a surprisingly upstart team with playoff aspirations. The Kings are a struggling middling team that has been playing better of late and they did with a 105-97 victory at Golden One Center over the Heat on Friday night. The Kings looked to win their first game since the trade deadline after acquiring Alex Len and Jabari Parker. The tip-off was set for 7 PM PST.
In the first half, The Kings played really well on their home court. They managed to put up 30 in the first and 22 in the second. That was compared to the Heat scoring 28 in the first and 22 in the second. The Kings held a 52-50 lead going into the half.
The Kings shot 52.5% from the field in the first half. The Heat only managed a 45% clip from the field while only shooting 27% from three-point range. Leading the way in the first half for the Kings was Bogdan Bogdanovic with 17 points. Trailing him was Buddy Hield who had nine points. For the Heat, Bam Adebayo led the way with 13 first-half points.
In the second half, it was more of the same for the Kings. Good shooting and solid defense led to the 20th win of the year for the Kings. The Kings added 53 second-half points compared to the Heats 47 to go home happy. Granted, the Heat were down all-star Jimmy Butler.
However, this was a good win for the Kings to build on. Leading the way for the Kings in victory were Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield with 23 and 21 respectively. The Heat received a great performance from All-Star Bam Adebayo who finished with 26 points. It was a great way for the Kings to start the first of a back to back.
The Kings will take on the San Antonio Spurs next on Saturday at 7 PM PST.