Sacramento Kings’ Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) drives against New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday, back right, and JJ Redick (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
By Jeremiah Salmonson
The Sacramento Kings have had a forgettable experience in the bubble going 0-3 in their first three contests. That is until an early afternoon victory on Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans 140-124.
The Kings came out of the gate red hot and didn’t look back. Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Kings in a 48 point first quarter that put the Kings into an enviable position in the game. The Kings did allow the Pelicans to score 39 points in the first, but that did not stop the Kings.
In quarters two through four the Kings were able to maintain a healthy lead over the Pelicans. At times the Pelicans would shrink the lead, but the Kings would expand it to double digits again. The Kings scored 28 in the second, 40 in the third, and 23 in the fourth quarter to wrap up the double-digit victory.
The Kings received an incredible career-high performance from Bogdan Bogdanovic. Bogi scored 35 points with four rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes of action. It was Bogdan who scored 19 first-quarter points to lead the charge out of the gate. De’Aaron Fox, who is no stranger to great performances in the bubble, added 30 points for the Kings. I’m sure Luke Walton was happy with his starting backcourt combining for 65 points.
Up Next: The Kings prepare to take on the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at 2 PM PST.