That’s Amaury News and Commentary: “The Clock Rules” A’s Win Opener in 2 Hours and 30 minutes

After ten years in professional baseball Oakland A’s starter Shintaro Fujinami will be making his MLB debut pitching against the Los Angeles Angels on Sat Apr 1, 2023 at the Oakland Coliseum (file photo San Francisco Chronicle)

“The Clock Rules” A’s Win Opener in 2 Hours and 30 minutes —

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

OAKLAND–In 2022 Top Gun “Maverick” officially was the #1 move worldwide in the box office, beating out Avatar. Maverick movie length was 2 hours and 11 minutes. On March 30, 2023, the Oakland Athletics Home Night Opener lasted 2 hours and 30 minutes as they beat the western rivals Los Angeles Angels by a 2 -1 score.

These two teams have played very long games through the years, I remember calling a game on April, 2013 in Oakland, which the A’s won in a 19-inning marathon, that lasted six and a half hours. Of course, there will be games that go into extra-innings, and those will always beat the clock.

The Oakland Athletics opened their 2023 season (their 56th in Oakland) in front of over 26,000 euphoric fans at the Oakland Coliseum. There was a large contingency of Angels Othani’s and Trout fans behind the Angels dugout who came to watch the A’s come from behind, scoring late, and won 2-1 over the much more talented-loaded, expensive salaried players like Mike Trout, Shohei Othani, and Anthony Rendon’s Angels.

However, a place that traditionally has held long, long games was done in just 2 hours and 30 minutes of play. Meanwhile, the other Bay Area team, 3,000 miles away in New York City, the Yankees opened their season blanking the San Francisco Giants 5-0, in all of 2 hours and 33 minutes. What is going on?

“Elementary my dear Watson” said Sherlock Holmes. And it is, elementary as the mundane clock. It is all about the clock now in major league baseball. A new era of baseball started when all 30 MLB teams played on the same day to open their season. This is the first time this has happened since the 1968 season.

This Saturday A’s rookie pitcher Shintaro Fujinami, will make his major league debut, after 10 years in the Japanese professional leagues. The Oakland Coliseum press box was inundated by Japanese reporters during the first Angels visit to Oakland and will also be there to witness their compatriot Fujinami.

The A’s have Shintaro “Fuji’ Fujinami pitching as a starter every six days, to accommodate his train of work like he was pitching in Japan. It would have been even a great spectacle if Fuji would have opened the season on Thursday against his compatriot Shohei Othani.

Fujinami and Ohtani share a history together that dates back to their days as high school phenoms. The two were both first-round selections in the 2012 Nippon Professional Baseball Draft, Ohtani signing with the Nippon-Ham Fighters and Fujinami landing with the Hanshin Tigers through a lottery process.

Saturday’s game at 1:07pm and then Sunday at the same time, prior to hosting the Cleveland Guardians for a three-game series beginning Monday.

Although the A’s are not expected to contend this year, or in the near future, game one of the season was a memorable as the A’s began the Clock era of Baseball. At least for one-day the Oakland A’s are in first place after that very exciting opener at the Coliseum.

Clock History: In 1954 the NBA adopted the 24 seconds clock, limit to score when a team has the ball. In 1976 the NFL introduced a 30-second play clock to speed up the game, later extended it to a 40 second clock. In 2023 Major League Baseball has adopted a clock.

Henry Thrun has NHL debut to remember propelling Sharks to victory in overtime 4-3

Photo courtesy of San Jose Sharks. Kevin Labanc and Noah Gregor celebrate a goal together against the Winnipeg Jets.

By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)

SAN JOSE- On home ice the Sharks played a solid game against the Golden Knights winning in overtime by a final of 4-3. 

In goal tonight for the Sharks was James Reimer while Laurent Brossoit got the start for the Golden Knights.

Making his NHL debut tonight was prospect Henry Thrun for the Sharks while Thomas Bordeleau made his season debut for San Jose.

The game got off to a quick start as just 4:16 into the first Mario Ferraro scored on a slap shot breaking the ice early. On the goal Henry Thrun was also awarded an assist getting his first NHL point in his first game.

A little later in the period Oskar Lindblom tapped home a beautiful feed from Mario Ferraro making it a 2-0 game. Once again Thrun got an assist on the goal along with Ferraro showing exactly why San Jose acquired him.

It was not all good news in the first for the Sharks though as on a misplay with the puck behind the net by Reimer Vegas capitalized. Nicolas Hague was the one to tap it into the wide open net scoring his third goal of the season.

After the first the shots favored San Jose 6-5.

Early on in the second the Sharks found themselves in penalty trouble as Erik Karlsson headed to the box for tripping.

On the power play Vegas scored as Ivan Barbashev potted his 15th goal of the season tying the game up at two.

Later in the period the Sharks found a response as Martin Kaut fead a nice pass to Thomas Hertl who tapped in his 21st goal of the season. Jacob Peterson also got an assist on the goal. 

At the end of the second the shots still favored San Jose at 11-9. 

In the third Vegas did not go away without a fight as on a bouncing puck out front Michael Amadio banged it home to tie the game back up at three. 

The Sharks were hit with a late scare in the third as with less than five minutes left Jacob MacDonald took a tripping penalty putting the Golden Knights on the power play. 

San Jose was able to kill off the penalty and pushed the game to overtime. 

In overtime on a terrible turnover by Alex Pietrangelo the Sharks rushed back the other way with Logan Couture leading the pack. All alone Couture was able to capitalize and send Sharks fans home happy with an overtime win. 

“I was just trying to keep it simple and enjoy the first couple of shifts,” Henry Thrun said postgame. 

The Sharks next game will be on Saturday against Arizona on the road at 7 p.m. 

A’s scratch out two runs in eighth to edge Ohtani and Angels 2-1 at Coliseum

Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani throws against the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning of an opening day at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland on Thu Mar 30, 2023 (AP News photo)

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Time: 2:30

Attendance: 26,805

Thu Mar 30, 2023

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–The Oakland Athletics’ come from behind 2-1 win over the team from Anaheim the Los Angeles Angels was a pleasant surprise for fans of the green and gold.

Just yesterday, the A’s had traded an outfielder with excellent defensive capabilities who has yet to prove that he can handle major league pitching for a pitcher who has yet to prove that he can pitch successfully at the minor league level.

The for the moment home team gave up Cristián Pache, who last year ranked fifth in MLB outfielders in runs saved. He did this in 90 games, 70 of which he started, while fielding for a .995 percentage. At the plate, Pache hit .157 with an .417 OPS in his first, 68 game, stint and .200 (OPS, .614) in his 23 games after returning from his demotion to Las Vegas. He went .302 with an OPS of .781 while driving in eight runs over 21 spring training games before his trade to the Philadelphia Phillies. So there was a reasonable chance that he’d turned the corner as a hitter.

In exchange, Oakland acquired Billy Sullivan, a non-roster invitee to the Phillies’ spring training camp. While there, he pitched three games for Philadelphia, all in relief, giving up eight earned runs in two innings, giving him an ERA of 36.00. Last year he started two games and relieved in another 42 for Reading in the Eastern League. Although his won-lost record was 5-1 (plus a couple of saves), his ERA was 4.59, and the on base percentage of his AA class opposing hitters was .744 . No wonder he had been signed as an undrafted free agent.

The Athletics front office is not incompetent. They know that there’s not much of a chance that the Coliseum A’s ever will have another presentable won-lost record. They’re building a team for their sparkling new stadium in Howard Terminal or Las Vegas, paid for with tax payers’ money. Sullivan is a year younger than Pache, giving him an extra year in which he can develop before being expected to show results. We’ll see ….

Meanwhile, the A’s announced their opening day roster. Right hander Adrián Martínez, who pitched for Mexico in this spring’s World Baseball Classic, and catcher Carlos Pérez were promoted from Las Vegas. Another right-handed pitcher, Chad Smith, and infielder Kevin Smith were optioned to the Aviators. Paul Blackburn, Drew Rucinski, and Manny Piña went on the 10 day injured list, and Freddy Tarnok was put on the 15 day IL Southpaw hurler Kirby Snead is on the list for 60 days.

The disparity in yesterday’s trade was reflected in this afternoon’s starting pitchers.

The visiting Los Angeles Angels sent the MVP of the World Baseball Classic to the mound to open their season. Shohei Ohtani put Japan ahead of the USA in the top of the ninth in the final game and then capped things off with a six pitch strike out of Angels teammate Mike Trout to win the game and the tournament for Samurai. He went 15-9, 2.33 for the Halos last season, and was unscored upon in his one spring training mound appearance this preseason.

The A’s chose to go with Kyle Muller, a 25 year old lefty who can boast of twelve big league appearances, 11 of them starts. He was ranked as the Braves’ top prospect when then sent him to Oakland as part of the three team, nine player swap that sent Sean Murphy to the Braves.

The rookie throws a fast ball in the mid to high 90s, a good curve that comes in at about 10 mph less, and an 87 or so mph slider. He also throws an occasional change up. He did not have impressive numbers in spring training, going 1-3, 6.50 with aWHIP of 1.889.

Muller started off in fine fettle, setting down the side in order by fanning Taylor Ward and Ohtani on either side of a lovely diving catch by Estuary Ruíz of Mike Trout’s fly to right center. Gil Urshela, leading off the top of the third with a single to left, was the first Angel reach base against the rookie.

Things got dicier for Muller in the Angels’second time around the lineup. His control, which has been a problem in his short career, seemed to have deserted him when he walked Trout on four pitches and then threw a ball to Ohtani, who then lined a single just past the glove of a diving Tony Kemp and into right field for a single that advanced Trout top second.

But the youngster showed his maturity, getting Anthony Renton to sly out to Seth Brown in left, Hunter Renfroe to line out to the spot, and indcuing Luis Rengifo to ground into a 6-4 force out The game remained a scoreless tie after 3-1/2 innings of play.

Oakland first touched Ohtani for a safety when Aledmys Diaz smacked a one out single to right center and scurried to third on Brown’s double to deep left field, near the Budweiser sign. But Ohtani fanned Jesús Aguilar and blew a 100.7 mph fast ball past Ramón Laureano to preserve the tie.

Los Angeles finally broke theat tie in the top of the fifth. After Brandon Drury grounded out to short, Kemp made a great grab of Gin Urshela’s smash up the middle and made an unwise off balance throw to first that allowed the Angel’s short stop to take second on the error. Logan O’Hoppe brought him home on a single to left center. But that was all the Angelinos could do; O’Hoppe was wiped out by the pitchers’ best friend, second to first.

That proved to be the end of Muller’s highly satisfactory start. Zach Jackson relieved him to open the visitors’ sixth. Muller had thrown five innings and allowed one run, which was ruled as earned, although I question that decision. He surrendered four hits and a walk and also threw one wild pitch.

His pitch count was 72, 44 for strikes. Jackson kept the Angels off the board in the sixth before giving way to Doomingo Acevedo, who entered the fray to hurl a perfect top of the seventh, followed by Trevor May in the eighth, who was the victim of an infield single and stolen base by Taylor Ward but wigged out of the situation by granting an intentional pass to Ohtani and fanning Rendon.

After throwing 93 pitches,, 55 of which qualified as strikes, over six innings Ohtani left off pitching to become the designated hitter. He had held the A’s scoreless on two hits and three walks while striking out ten. Jimmy Herget relieved him, and then passed the baton on to Aaron Loup for the home eighth. And that’s when Oakland knotted up the score. Ruíz led off with a sharp single to right, and Kemp drove him in with double to deep right center off a hanging curve.

Loup struck out a pinch hitting Brent Rooker but gave way to Ryan Lepera, who surrendered an RBI single to Díaz that put Oakland ahead, 2-1. Brown then singled to right, sending Nick Allen, running for Díaz to third. Brown then promptly stole second. Halo skipper Phil Nevin appealed the call, but New York upheld it. An intentional walk to Aguilar loaded the sacks, but Laureano grounded into a twin killing, second to first.

And so it fell to Dany Jiménez to try to stave off the Angels for the save. He struck out Rendon. He went to a full count on Rengifo before walking him. He went to a full count on Drury, who popped out to Nola, now playing first. Jiménez then went to a full count onUrshela. He sent a deep fly to right. Laureano caught it on the warning track.

The teams will have a day off Friday before returning to the Coliseum to celebrate April Fools’ Day Saturday with a 1:07 contest featuring portsider Patrick Sandoval, who labored on the mound for Mexico in the WBC, facing righty Shintaro Fujiyama, who will be making his MLB debut.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings-Trail Blazers rematch Friday night in Portland in game 2

Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray, left, hits a shot over Portland Trail Blazers guard Matisse Thybulle, right, during the second half in Portland on Thu Mar 30, 2023 (AP News photo)

On Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Wednesday night the Sacramento Kings (46-30) traveled to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers (32-44). The Kings ended the NBA’s longest playoff drought with a 120-80 win over the Trail Blazers. The win in Portland locked down a spot in the post-season.

#2 After two quarters the Kings were five of 24 from the perimeter. They were shooting at 20.8% on three pointers.

#3  This was the largest lead for the Kings in the game but Portland refused to go away. The Trail Blazers closed out the first half with a 14-6 run and just like that had pulled to within four points 50-46.

#4  The three’s were falling for Sacramento already clocking 14 with 8:41 left in the game. They would finish with 18 triples and win by a whopping 40 points. Do you see the Kings being the kind of team going into the post season that can go more than two rounds from what you’ve seen in the regular season.

#5 Jeremiah, after what you’ve seen on Wednesday with the Kings winning by 40 the Kings are deep on offense and Sabonis and Fox are forces to reckon with. How do you see this rematch Friday night in Portland?

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Giants Webb knew he was facing the best hitter in baseball in Judge

San Francisco Giants starter Logan Webb seen dealing in the bottom of the sixth inning on opening day. Webb knew that the New York Yankees had a potent line up going in including facing Yankee star Aaron Judge on Thu Mar 30, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

NEW YORK.—The San Francisco Giants suffered a 5-0 blowout loss to Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees on Opening Day.

San Francisco’s loss at Yankee Stadium on Thursday afternoon was accentuated by Judge hitting the first home run of the 2023 season in the first inning. Judge re-signed a blockbuster nine-year, $360 million deal with the Yankees and was crowned the club’s captain after flirting with joining the Giants during free agency.

Giants right-hander Logan Webb threw a sinker and Judge hit the second pitch of his first at-bat to Monument Park, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

“I think he’s the best hitter in baseball,” said Webb, who had his second straight Opening Day start for the Giants. “Obviously, it would have been nice to have him, but he’s not (with the Giants). I wish I could have that pitch back.”

Judge said he was “just trying to make solid contact.”

“Especially with a guy like Logan, got that nasty sinker-changeup mix,” said Judge. “Lot of balls on the ground, lot of weak contact. Just trying to elevate a pitch and get it in the air best I could. I didn’t expect that to happen. Try to swing at strikes.”

Webb struck out 12 in six innings and set a franchise record for strikeouts on Opening Day. Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Webb had “pitched about as good a game as he could have hoped and all of us could have hoped”.

“I thought he attacked the strike zone with all of his pitches. It was as efficient as we’ve seen him in a long time. A lot of swing-and-miss. Excellent outing by Logan,” said Kapler. “Really good swing by Judge on that fastball. The two homers beat us today.”

Yankees starter Gerrit Cole also set a franchise record – 11 strikeouts is the most any Yankee pitcher has ever had.

In the fourth inning, Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres hit a homer off Webb and Josh Donaldson also scored, bringing them up 3-0. In the seventh inning, Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu singled to the left and allowed Torres to score. Then Judge singled to center and Jose Trevino scored, extending the lead to 5-0.

The Giants last faced the Yankees at Oracle Park in 2019 and their first time at Yankee Stadium since 2016. Thursday’s match was a sellout.

It was the first time the Giants and Yankees have met on Opening Day. The three-game series continues with a 1:05 p.m. PT game on Saturday.

Here comes the Judge Giants get blanked by Yanks Cole in 5-0 opener at Yankee Stadium

New York Yankee slugger and team captain Aaron Judge gets around a San Francisco Giant pitcher Logan Webb pitch for Judge’s first home run of the 2023 season at Yankee Stadium in New York on Thu Mar 30, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

NEW YORK– Aaron Judge who was a strong candidate to join the San Francisco Giants in the off season and later re-signed with the New York Yankees slugged an opening day home run in the bottom of the first inning against his would have been team on Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium for a 5-0 win.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said in his post game presser that it was one of his lowest darkest places that he had been when Judge was considering signing with the Giants. Whether Judges decision came because the Yankees were offering more money or he thought being with the Yankees would do more for the future of his career Boone was happy with the outcome that he decided to say in New York, “One of my lowest, darkest places this winter was when I thought maybe it was in jeopardy that he was coming back,” Boone said “One of the darkest places I went was picturing him on that third-base line in a Giants uniform on opening day.”

Judge during opening day introduction got a nice ovation from the New York crowd acknowledging the crowd of 46,172 before the game. As Judge came to the plate he delighted that crowd with the first home run of the Yankee season with a 422 blast that landed just above the monuments in centerfield in the net above.

Judge said after the game that all along he really wanted to stay in New York and that during the off season it was kicking the tires of sorts when he went to San Francisco as a free agent. He made clear after the game his heart was not playing in his native Northern California but to stay as a Yankee,  “I didn’t want to go anywhere. I was pretty vocal about that from the beginning and then you got to go through the free-agency process. But all in all this is where I wanted to be and I’m happy I’m here and it’s tough to think about being anywhere else.”

Yankee starter Gerrit Cole pitched shutout for six innings before being lifted striking out 11 Giants hitters and surrendering three hits and two walks. Giants starter Logan Webb came out strong striking out five out six Yankee hitters going six innings but was charged for four runs including Judge’s first inning blast.

Cole said that Judge’s first inning home run was a tone setter for the Yankees and said that the home run was a wake up call early in the game and that he came to play. Cole who walked Giants lead off hitter LeMonte Wade Jr to start the game settled down after the game to pick up his first win of the season.

The Giants will go back to the drawing board on Saturday after taking Friday off and will start right hander Alex Cobb against the Yankees right hander Clarke Schmidt for a 1:05 pm first pitch at Yankee Stadium.

NHL podcast with Len Shapiro: Panthers Montour scores game winner in OT; Engvail scores go ahead goal for Isles; plus more news

Florida Panthers defenseman Brandon Montour celebrates his overtime game winning goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. (AP News photo)

On the NHL podcast with Len Shapiro:

#1 The Florida Panthers came back in the third period to tie it up 2-2 and won it in overtime with a goal by the Panthers Brandon Montour at 1:41 as Florida gets by in a one goal win 3-2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

#2 The New York Islanders improved their chances in the Eastern Conference in the wild card race with a 2-1 over the Washington Capitals in Washington at the Capital One Center on Wednesday night. The Islanders Pierre Engvail scored for the second straight game. Islanders goaltender IIya Sorokin stopped stopped 25 shots and was key in the Isles win.

#3 The New York Rangers Filip Chytil signed a four year deal with the Rangers worth $17.75 million. The contract at a yearly salary is $4.4375. Chytil scored 22 goals, 20 assists, for 42 points in 66 games. The Rangers like his game and what he has done and wanted to get Chytil signed as he could have been a free agent at the end of the season.

#4 The Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews might not be with the Blackhawks in the closing days of the regular season. Toews is a three time Stanley Cup champion and has been ill with long Covid 19 and has been out of action since Jan 28th and said he will be taking time off on Feb 21. Toews had missed the entire 2021-22 season.

#5 Thomas Chabot of the Ottawa Senators will be out for the rest of the regular season due to an upper body injury Chabot who plays defenseman had to leave on Monday after getting hit the by the Florida Panthers Givani Smith in the third period in a 5-2 win. Chabot did return to the game but after the game head coach DJ Smith said Chabot would not be available Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: How A’s outfield shapes up after Pache trade to Phillies

Cristain Pache made some great defensive plays for the A’s during his time in the outfield but just couldn’t hit for average and was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wed Mar 29, 2023 for right hand pitcher Billy Sullivan (file photo USA Today)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry, how surprised were you at the trade of Cristian Pache who came on the scene as the A’s centerfielder. The A’s had so many big hopes for Pache in center but his hitting suffered so he was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies for right hander Billy Sullivan. How do you see this trade.

#2 Pache was out of minor league options and he was designated for assignment and was exposed to waivers and the Phillies grabbed him. There must have been something that he had going that made the Phillies get him on Wednesday.

#3 The A’s will keep outfielders Brent Rooker and Conner Capel both players have minor league options. Capel hit 13 for 35 and hit .371 in 13 game. Rooker 28, has played in 81 MLB games and has been with three MLB teams.

#4 Carlos Perez will be the A’s back up catch to starting catcher Shea Langeliers. A’s manager Mark Kotsay said that Perez 32 signed a minor league deal last week. Perez knows his way around the A’s system playing for them in 2020 and 2021.

#5 A’s open up the 2023 season against the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels are going with their ace Shotime Shohei Ohtani and he’ll be opposed by the Oakland A’s left hand pitcher Kyle Muller. Jerry tell us how you see this match up tonight at the Coliseum.

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San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Padres not sure when former Giant Williams will be back; plus more news

Former San Francisco Giant third baseman who having colon surgery on Fri Mar 30, 2023 is the topic of Michael Duca’s Giants podcast at (file photo San Francisco Chronicle)

On the SF Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael, on Friday former San Francisco Giant third baseman Matt Williams and current San Diego Padres third base coach will have surgery for colon cancer. Padres manager Bob Melvin says he doesn’t have a time frame when Williams will return.

#2 Williams broke in with the Giants in 1987 and was one of their top hitters and is best remembered for being on that Dusty Baker 1993 team where he hit .294.

#3 Michael, you covered those glory years when the Giants went and won three World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014. The Giants just honored retired pitcher Sergio Romo who was a huge part of those teams and shut the door in relief for the Giants in the World Series but also in some of those crucial to get there.

#4 Michael, how ironic was it that Romo’s old roommate Hunter Pence came out to take out Romo motioning to the bullpen after Romo gave up two hits and a wild pitch to the Oakland A’s in relief. It was quite and emotional send off for Romo but he said he loved every moment of the opportunity the Giants gave to him.

#5 Michael, talk about the opener at Yankee Stadium this morning as the Giants will be going with Logan Webb going up against the Yankees Gerrit Cole. Talk about the match up and how you see the Giants faring at Yankee Stadium today?

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Kings Secure Playoff Spot With Win Over Portland 120-80

Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis, right, drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers forward Nassir Little, left, during the first half in Portland on Wed Mar 29, 2023 (AP News photo)

Kings Secure Playoff Spot With Win Over Portland 120-80

By Barbara Mason

Wednesday night the Sacramento Kings (46-30) traveled to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers (32-44). The Kings ended the NBA’s longest playoff drought with a 120-80 win over the Trail Blazers. The win tonight in Portland locked down a spot in the post-season.

It was a slow start for the Kings trailing after the first quarter had come to an end 20-19. Sacramento was having a lot of trouble hitting shots from downtown. After two quarters the King were five of 24 from the perimeter. They were shooting at 20.8% on three pointers.

It took the first quarter for the Kings to heat up. With under four minutes left in the first half, the Kings had a 44-32 lead and finally had this game on cruise control; or did they? This was the largest lead for the Kings in the game but Portland refused to go away. The Trail Blazers closed out the first half with a 14-6 run and just like that had pulled to within four points 50-46.

After two quarters Domantas Sabonis was on the verge of another double double with ten rebounds and nine points. De’Aaron Fox had a slow first half with four points.

The third quarter began with a Keegan Murray triple putting him just one three away from the all- time NBA rookie 3-point record. Four minutes into the quarter the Kings had established a 62-51 lead. At 6:40 Murray made history with his third three in this game making him the all-time NBA rookie leader from beyond the arc.

With 4:45 left in the quarter the Kings had a 73-60 advantage. After three quarters the Kings had a 83-64 lead. Fox had heated up and had 12 points through three and the Kings were a quarter away from securing a playoff spot.

Forth quarter clutch player Fox started the quarter with a couple of triples to extend their lead to 99-65. The second half Kings had arrived. The three’s were falling for Sacramento already clocking 14 with 8:41 left in the game. They would finish with 18 triples and win by a whopping 40 points.

Malik Monk had the game high with 19 points off the bench. Fox had 18 points. The 17 year drought had come to an end with this decisive win.

Friday night the Kings will remain in Portland for another game with the Trail Blazers. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.