by Charlie O. Mallonee
The Sacramento Kings had to fly home from Memphis licking their wounds after losing the final three games of their four-game road. On Saturday night, the Kings dropped the final game of the road swing to the Grizzlies 119-115. The game was never as close as the final score might imply.
There were three lead changes in the game; however, the Kings never held the lead after the first quarter of the game. The largest lead of the game for Sacramento was seven points. The Grizzlies biggest lead was 17 points.
Memphis held a 10 point lead – 60 to 50 – at halftime.
By the end of three quarters, the Grizzlies were up 91-78 over the Kings.
The Kings made a big charge in the final period as De’Aaron Fox scored 14 points while Memphis went 12 players deep to rest their starters. Sacramento outscored the Grizzlies 37-28 the fourth quarter but came up four points short of winning the game when the final buzzer sounded.
3-point baskets made the difference
The Grizzlies hit 15 of 35 attempts (42.9%) from downtown in the game versus the Kings.
The Kings shot just 30.6% (11-for-36) from behind the arc in the contest which ultimately led to their downfall.
The charity stripe was unkind to SAC
The Kings went to the line 24 times but hit only 18 shots.
The Grizzlies went 24-for-29 from the charity stripe. Those six points proved too big when the final horn sounded.
- Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 25 points in the game.
- De’Aaron Fox – who got the start in the game – finished with 22 points.
- Richaun Holmes put up a double-double putting in 18 points and hauling in 12 rebounds.
- Marvin Bagley III also had a double-double game with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
- Jaren Jackson Jr. was the Grizzlies leading scorer with 18 points.
- Jae Crowder recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
- Dillon Brooks scored 16 points.
- Ja Morant and Grayson Allen both scored 13 points in the contest.
The Kings return home to host the very tough Houston Rockets on Monday night.
The Grizzlies will host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.
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By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320
After losing to the NBA’s worst team — the New York Knicks — on their home court on Friday night, the Sacramento Kings (12-14) needed to bounce back into the win column in a big way versus the Golden State Warriors (5-23) on Sunday night in the brand-new Chase Center in San Francisco. After years of being the perpetual underdogs when facing the Warriors, the 2019 Kings knew they were the more talented team going into the game on Sunday evening.
The Kings dominated the first quarter shooting 62.5% from the field while outscoring the Warriors 26-18. It appeared that injury-depleted Warriors were well on their way to another humbling defeat at the hands of their Northern California neighbor.
The Warriors woke up in the second quarter
Golden State started attacking the basket using the dribble-drive to make layups and cut into the Kings lead. D’Angelo Russell (who may or may not be a Warrior much longer) and Damion Lee did most of the damage in the quarter. The Warriors outscored the Kings 16-8 in the paint.
Both teams shot 9-for-16 from the field in the second period. Sacramento held a 16-point lead at one point in the quarter, but Golden State trailed by just nine points at the half.
The Kings changed the story in the second half
Sacramento came out in the third quarter and shot 64.7% overall and 60.0% from 3-point range to outscore Golden State 28-17. The Kings were up 79-59 at the end of 36 minutes and had the game well in hand.
Luke Walton used 11 players in the game rather than just eight as he had in the previous games. A big lead will give a coach that luxury. The Kings outscored the Warriors in the final quarter 21-20. It was like the kid who has been bullied for years finally had the opportunity to get even and they did.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Kings had beaten the Warriors 100-79.
The Kings biggest lead in the game was 25 points. The Warriors largest lead was just three points.
The game was tied four times.
The lead changed four times in the game.
The Kings never trailed in the second, third and fourth quarters.
- Points in the Paint: SAC 46 GSW 44
- 2nd Chance Points: Kings 6 Warriors 5
- Fastbreak Points: SAC 10 GSW 4
- Rebounds: Kings 38 Warriors 26
- Assists: SAC 27 GSW 24
- Turnovers: Kings 27 Warriors 20
- Field Goal %: SAC 60.3% GSW 39.0%
- Bogdan Bogdanovic was the games high scorer with 25 points
- Former King Willie Cauley-Stein led the Warriors with 14 points
The Glass Cleaners
- Marvin Bagley III led the Kings with six rebounds
- Marquese Chriss was the Warriors leading rebounder with six
- D’Angelo Russell was the assist leader with eight
- Cory Joseph was the Kings assist leader with five dimes
The Kings travel to Charlotte to take on the Hornets on Tuesday night.
The Warriors also hit the road to play the Trail Blazers in Portland on Wednesday evening.
By Charlie O. Mallonee
The Sacramento Kings shocked the 18,055 fans at the Toyota Center in Houston — when with one-second left to go in the game — Nemanja Bjelica put up a 33-foot, 3-point jump shot that went in for the winning basket. The Kings players ran off the bench to mob Bjelica, while the Rockets stood around with mouths wide open trying figure out what had just happened.
What had happened was the Kings had beaten the Houston Rockets 119-118 to close out their four-game road trip. What was even more of a surprise was this was the second game of a back-to-back set on the road. On Sunday, the Kings beat the Dallas Mavericks on a last-second basket also by Bjelica.
The Kings finished the road trip 2-2. SAC suffered back-to-back losses in Portland and San Antonio before putting together consecutive wins over Dallas and Houston (15-8). After losing the first two losses, the Kings could have easily gone 0-4 on this road trip. Finishing with two last-second victories over two of the best teams in the Western Conference is a testament to the Kings tenacity and response to the new coaching staff.
Sacramento (10-13) has endured a very tough time without two of their star players – Marvin Bagley III and De’Aaron Fox. The good news for the Kings is that Bagley — who has been cleared for full basketball contact — may well be back in the lineup on Wednesday night when the OKC Thunder visits the Golden 1 Center. The team reports that Fox’s rehabilitation is going well, but no timetable has been set for his return.
This game was truly a battle that featured 12 lead changes and 14 ties.
- Russell Westbrook was the high scorer in the game putting 34 points in the scorebook.
- Buddy Hield led the Kings scoring attack with 26 points.
The Glass Cleaners
- J.P. Tucker pulled down 19 rebounds and made it a double-double game by scoring 10 points.
- Harrison Barnes was the Kings top rebounder with eight.
Dishing out dimes
- James Harden was the leading assist distributor dishing out 10 dimes to go with 27 points.
- Trevor Ariza contributed seven assists for the Kings.
- The Kings hit 40 of 88 (45.5%) field goal attempts in Houston. 20 of those buckets were 3-point baskets.
- SAC worked the free throw line in this game. The went to the line 22 times and put the ball through the hole 19 times.
- The Kings kept the turnovers to a minimum again making just 10 giveaways that resulted in 13 Houston points.
- Both coaches used just eight players in the contest.
- The Kings bench outscored the Rockets second unit 27-23.
- Cory Joseph must be given credit for the incredible job he did on defense. He spent most of the game guarding “The Beard”. Joseph put up 14 points and added six assists while guarding Harden.
The Kings return to action on Wednesday night when they will host the OKC Thunder at the Golden 1 Center.
The Rockets head out to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
By Charlie O. Mallonee
The Sacramento Kings played game two of their four-game road trip on Friday night in San Antonio. The Kings lost game one on Wednesday night in Portland. It took 53 minutes to decide the winner of game two in the “Alamo City”, but when the final buzzer sounded, the Spurs had won the game 105-104 in overtime.
The Kings have now lost five of their last six games and have fallen five games under .500 with a record of 8-13. Not only are the men of SAC headed in the wrong direction in the standings but their immediate future prospects are not great. Their final two games of this road trip are with the Dallas Mavericks (15-5) and the Houston Rockets (14-7) – two of the hottest teams in the NBA.
When the Kings left on this road trip, we projected that they would win one game and lose three. We expected the one win to happen in Portland or San Antonio. Now that Sacramento has lost to both the Trail Blazers and the Spurs, our projection has changed to the team finishing the road trip 0-4. That would put the Kings nine games under .500 by the time they return to Sacramento.
The Kings could have won this game
The game was tied at 89-89 with 3:44 to go in the game. The Kings went on a 9-0 run to take what looked like a commanding lead with just 1:43 remaining in the contest, but this is the NBA and you can never assume anything.
The Spurs scored eight unanswered points in less than a minute. The Kings were stunned. San Antonio possessed the ball with 14.3 seconds to go in regulation time. The Spurs worked the ball to Marco Belinelli with 4.1 seconds on the clock. Belinelli let a 3-pointer fly from the right angle and put it through the hoop to tie the game at 100 apiece and force OT.
Overtime was not pretty
The first point in OT wasn’t scored until the 3:07 mark when DeMar DeRozan hit the first of three free throw attempts. There would be only a total of nine points scored in the entire five minutes of overtime. It was just plain ugly.
The Kings wound up with the final possession of the game when it was ruled that Spurs last touched the ball that went out of bounds after a jump ball.
Sacramento did their best putting up four shots in the final 17.4 seconds to try and take the lead. They fought ferociously to get rebounds to have the opportunity to take another shot but none of their four final attempts would fall. When time expired, the Spurs had won the game 105-104.
- Buddy Hield scored a game-high 23 points for the Kings.
- LaMarcus Aldridge led Spurs scoring attack with 19 points.
The Glass Cleaners
- Richaun Holmes pulled down 14 rebounds to go with 13 points for a double-double game.
- LaMarcus Aldridge also had a double-double by grabbing 13 rebounds to go with his 19 points.
Tossing out the dimes
- The Spurs DeMar DeRozan dropped nine dimes in the game.
- Harrison Barnes – who also scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds – distributed 5 assists.
Think about it
- The Kings starters scored 69 points while their second unit added 35 points.
- The Spurs starting five scored 52 points and their bench put 53 points. That’s called depth.
The Kings will have Saturday off and will play the Mavericks in Dallas on Sunday.
The Spurs go on vacation as they are off until next Thursday when they will host Cleveland.
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by Charlie O. Mallonee
The Sacramento Kings wrapped up their four-game road trip in Philadelphia on Wednesday on a “low note”. The 76ers Joel Embiid exploded for a game-high 33 points and 16 rebounds to lead his team to a 97-91 victory.
Embiid really was in need of a good game after being held scoreless in his team’s loss to the Raptors on Monday night. Embiid said he didn’t feel any pressure to have a “statement game”, but he was happy his team came away with the “W”.
3rd Quarter letdown
After trailing by just one point at halftime, the Kings put themselves in a great position to steal this game on the road. After starting a bit slow in the third period, Sacramento came alive and kept the score close until midway through the quarter.
The Kings went into a 3:04 scoring drought at the end of the third quarter which allowed the Sixers to outscore them 29-19. Philly led 76-65 after 36 minutes of play and the Kings would never be able to catch up.
SAC outscored the 76ers in the final quarter but it was too little too late. The Sixers (12-6) won the game 97-91.
Spotlight on the Kings
Looking at the final box score there is one glaring stat that jumps off the page. The Kings (7-10) went to the free throw line only nine times on Wednesday night and converted just four of those opportunities. An NBA team is not going to win a game going to the charity stripe just nine times.
To give you a comparison, the 76ers went to the line 24 times in the game – a very acceptable number. They went 20-for-24 (83.3%) from the stripe which helped them to win the game.
Ironically, the Kings outscored the Sixers in the paint 40-38 even though they were facing Embiid, Al Horford and Tobias Harris.
The biggest lead for Sacramento in the game for SAC was one point. The 76ers held a 17 point lead in the fourth quarter.
The Kings also had a tough night from “downtown”. They shot just 9-for-34 (26.5%) from beyond the 3-point line.
- Buddy Hield was the team’s high scorer putting 22 points in the book. He had a tough night shooting going 9-for-24 overall and 3-for-12 from 3-point land.
- Dewayne Dedmon came off the bench to put up 18 points and grab six rebounds.
- Bogdan Bogdanovic added 17 points hitting 7 of 15 shots.
- Harrison Barnes scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Focus on the Sixers
The 76ers blocked 10 Kings shots in the game while SAC blocked just three of the Sixers shots.
- Matisse Thybulle came off the bench to score 15 points. He went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and hit 3 of 3 from behind the 3-point line.
- Forward Tobias Harris scored 14 points.
- The veteran Al Horford scored 12 points and hauled in seven rebounds.
- Point guard Ben Simmons recorded a double-double putting up 10 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
The Kings return home and will host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday afternoon at the Golden 1 Center.
The Sixers will face the Knicks on Friday night at the Garden.
By Charlie O. Mallonee
If the Sacramento Kings (7-9) had emailed their performance in on Monday night versus the Boston Celtics (12-4), no one would have criticized them. They were facing the Celtics on the second night of a back-to-back on the road after winning a very tough game over the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
The Kings didn’t just sleepwalk through the game on Monday night. They came out looking for a win which would mean they would sweep the season series with the mighty Celtics. In the end, the Kings would come up one point short, but they put themselves in a position to win the game.
Luke Walton was not unhappy with his team
Luke Walton said in his postgame comments that all you can ask of your team in the second game of a back-to-back on the road is to put themselves in a position to win the game at the end of the fourth quarter. Walton said his team did that but came up just short.
With 5.7 seconds to go in the game, Cory Joseph inbounded the ball to Bogdan Bogdanovic. “Bogi” put up a 3-point shot with 3.0-seconds remaining. The ball hit the back of the rim and one of the Kings in the lane put the rebound back up, but it went over the backboard. Time expired and Boston won the game 103-102.
Record-setting night for Buddy Hield
“Buddy Love” set a franchise record by sinking 11 three-point buckets on Monday night. The previous record was held by Mike Bibby who connected on nine 3-point shots on March 25, 2007, versus Phoenix.
Hield also set a personal record by scoring 41 points in the game. He shot 15-for-26 from the floor and went 11-for-21 from downtown. Hield also had five rebounds and two assists.
Spotlight on the Kings
This game featured 22 lead changes and seven ties. The Kings held the largest lead of the game – 11 points in the second quarter. The Celtics built up a 53-46 lead at halftime. After the game, Luke Walton felt his team’s play in the final six minutes of the first half is where they lost the game.
- Harrison Barnes put 20 points in the scorebook. He went 7-for-10 from the free throw line.
- Bogdan Bogdanovic added 13 points but had a tough night shooting. He went 5-for-20 from the field and 2-for-13 from 3-point land. “Bogi” did dish out eight assists.
- No other player on the Kings scored in double figures.
- Sacramento hit 37 of 78 (46.8%) shots from the floor in Boston.
- The Kings went 18-for-47 (38.3%) from behind the 3-point arc.
- This was the Kings downfall: they only went to the free throw line 15 times. They converted 10 of those opportunities, but that number of attempts should have been at least 25. Sacramento could have won the game at the charity stripe.
- The Kings were destroyed in the paint. The Celtics outscored Sacramento 50-26 down low in the game. That just can not happen.
Focus on Boston
Four of the five Celtics starters scored in double figures:
- Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 24 points.
- Jayson Tatum put up 20 points shooting 7-for-18 from the floor.
- Enes Kanter added 13 points and nine rebounds.
- The Celtics hit 20 of 23 (87.0%) attempts from the free throw line. That was the key to their victory.
- Boston shot 44.7% (38/85) from the floor.
- The Celts hit just 7 of 30 (23.3%) from downtown.
The Kings wrap up their four-game road trip on Wednesday in Philly versus the 76ers.
Boston hosts the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night before they sit down to turkey dinner.