Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings hang on beat Celtics by five 116-111

The Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) drives underneath the basket against the Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis (27) at Golden One Center in Sacramento on Wed Feb 3, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night after an off day on Tuesday. The Kings are coming off an encouraging road trip that saw them go 3-1 through four cities in the east. They came back to Golden One Center to narrowly defeat the visiting Boston Celtics by five points 116-111.

Flashback Monday: The latest game the Kings played was on Monday against the New Orleans Pelicans which they won 118-109 in the Big Easy. The Kings had one of their better comebacks of the season. They were down going into the final quarter but were able to claw back and win.

On Wednesday, the Kings returned home to take on the Boston Celtics. This was set to be a worthwhile matchup for the Kings to prove they had turned a corner in their development. Tip-off was set for 7 PM PST.

In the first half, it was a back and fourth contest. The Kings were outscored by the Celtics 26-22 to open the game. The Kings weren’t able to get an offensive rhythm so far in the game. In the second quarter, the Kings bounced back and outscored the Celtics 30-25.

The Kings managed to keep the Celtics to 51 points while scoring 52 points themselves. The Kings would take a lead into halftime looking to start the home stand on the right foot.

In the second half, it was a back and fourth battle. The third quarter proved competitive on the offensive end. Neither team was really able to do much on the defensive end. The Celtics outscored the Kings 31-29 as the Kings lost the lead heading into the final quarter.

In the fourth, the Kings proved victorious outscoring the Celtics 35-29.  De’Aaron Fox led the Kings in victory with 26 points while Jayson Tatum had 27 points for the Celtics in defeat. This game was a great sign for the Kings who are looking to prove that they can compete for a playoff spot. The Kings now have won four of their last six games.

Up Next: The Kings stay home to face the Denver Nuggets on Saturday at 2 PM PST.

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