Kings Lose Heartbreaker In Final Seconds 127-126

The Sacramento Kings starting five left to right De’Aaron Fox (5), Buddy Hield (24), Harrison Barnes (40), Marvin Bagley III (35), and Richaun Holmes (22) couldn’t hold onto to beat the Charlotte Hornets on Sun Feb 28, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento (photo from @SacramentoKings)

By Barbara Mason

Sunday night the Sacramento Kings took on the Charlotte Hornets. Friday night the Kings snuck past Detroit in their first win in a very long time breaking a nine game losing streak. They are hoping to make a win tonight a more favorable streak, one that appears in the win column.

They are still without Tyrese Haliburton on the bench. That was just one of the glaring weak spots in Friday’s game scoring only seven points the entire game. They will need more help off the bench in tonight’s game against the Hornets as well as getting their long shot back on track.

Defense, another sore spot on this team has to find a way to get some stops. They couldn’t do it, leading the entire game the Kings lost it in the last 1.4 seconds 127-126 at Golden One Center in Sacramento.

The King’s led at the end of the first quarter 39-36 keeping pace with the Hornets. By the half, Sacramento managed to hang onto their lead 67-66. Four of their starters had shot double digits after two quarters.

Buddy Hield had 20 points for the half. After 28 minutes the bench had scored a miserable two points. More help was desperately needed from their bench players. The Hornets had 26 points off the bench leaning heavily on their bench players. The Charlotte bench saw 48 minutes of action with Malik Monk scoring 12 points.

The Kings extended their lead as the third quarter came to an end 96-88. The King held onto their lead through the fourth quarter. In the final 1.4 seconds left in the game the Hornets pulled out some Charlotte magic.

The Kings were leading 126-124. Charlotte’s Malik Monk made a driving layup to tie the game. He drew a foul and made the shot to win the game for the Hornets. It was a heart breaker for the King’s who just could not finish the game.

Sacramento got some great work from their starters, especially Buddy Hield with 30 points and Harrison Barnes with 28. Marvin Bagley had 24, De’Aaron Fox with 20 and Richaun Holmes finished with 13 points. Nemanja Bjelica had 11 points off the bench.

The Kings will take on the Lakers on Wednesday in a game that will challenge them to the max. It will have to be all hands on deck for this game. Tipoff is at 7:00 PM.

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