The Sacramento Kings just couldn’t execute down the stretch losing to the Dallas Mavericks and Dorian Finney-Smith (10), Luka Doncic (77) and Tim Hardaway Jr (11) in overtime on Tuesday at Lake Buena Vista Florida (photo from the Dallas Morning News)
By Jeremiah Salmonson
The Sacramento Kings experience in the NBA bubble has been a lot like the performance from Bogdan Bogdanovic on Tuesday. Bogdan finished the game 1-15 from the field and couldn’t buy a bucket. Similarly, the Kings have come up short in every game in the bubble not able to squeeze out a win in overtime against the Dallas Mavericks 114-110.
It was really a tale of two games on Tuesday afternoon against the Dallas Mavericks. The Kings, having dropped the first two games in the bubble came out with the energy we hadn’t seen in the prior games.
The Kings came out in the first quarter immediately taking the lead and not really looking back. The Kings held the lead from much of the game. The Kings had a ten point lead as late as two minutes into the final quarter. From there, the past came back to haunt the Kings. The Kings would lose the lead and the game would be tied at 95 with seven nine seconds remaining. De’Aaron Fox had a shot at the end of the game to win it for the Kings, but it wasn’t able to fall and we were headed to overtime.
In overtime, the Kings were never really able to muster anything and were playing the foul game. Buddy Hield was able to hit a couple of clutch three-balls but in the end, it wasn’t enough to overtake the Mavericks. Sloppy foul trouble and not getting to the line enough themselves was one of the major factors in the loss. The Kings were only able to make it to the line 12 times compared to the Mavs 50 trips.
The Kings received solid performances from Fox (28 points), Hield (21 points), and Bazemore (16 points). For the Mavericks, Luka Doncic had a very nice game. Doncic scored 34 points, 20 rebounds, and 12 assists to lead the Magic.
Up Next: The Kings have their backs against the wall. Having lost the first three games in the bubble they need to right the ship in a hurry to have any shot at making the playoffs. That won’t be an easy task as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday morning.