Warriors offense falters fall to Kings 112-94

from sfgate.com: Sacramento Kings’ Harrison Barnes (40) shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Kevon Looney, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in San Francisco.

By Jerry Feitelberg

San Francisco- It was another tough night for the Warriors on Monday as they couldn’t make three-point shots. The Sacramento Kings could, and they won 112-94.

The Kings scored the first basket of the game and never relinquished the lead. The Warriors were trailing 9-8 when the Kings went on a 12-2 run to lead 21-10. The Warriors turned the ball over six times in the first period. As a result of the turnovers, the Kings put 10 points on the board. Sacramento led by eleven 33-22 to end the first quarter. The Warriors’ offense went to sleep to start the second period.

They scored a total of two points in the first five minutes of play.  Sacramento wasn’t much better. They scored seven. The rest of the period was fairly even. The first half ended with Sacramento leading 55-43. Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors with 14. Marquese Chriss had 13 points and five boards. Former Warrior Harrison Barnes paced the Kings with 16. Bogdan Bogdanovich had 11. As mentioned earlier, the W’s could not make a three. They were one-for- seventeen from behind the 3-point arc. Sacramento made six threes.

The Warriors offense woke up in the third quarter. The Warriors went on a 15-2 run to close within four 67-63. That was the last closest they would get. Sacramento regrouped and finished the third period leading 81-73. The Kings’ three-point sharpshooter, Buddy Hield, hit three threes in a row to start the quarter. The Kings now led by 17. The Warriors’ Damion Lee finally knocked down some threes. He connected three times in the second half to keep the W’s within range. However, they could not catch the Kings.  Sacramento beat the Warriors for the third time this year, 112-94.

Game Notes and Stats- The big news of the night was that Steph Curry will return to action Sunday night when the Warriors travel to Phoenix to play the Suns.

Sacramento won for the ninth time in the last 13 games to improve to 24-33. The Kings have improved and are within 4 games of the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The Warriors dropped to 12-46. They own the worst record in the NBA.

The Warriors head coach, without defensive stalwart Draymond Green, had another makeshift lineup. Many of his players had not spent a lot of time with each other on the court. They played hard, but the play was ragged. There were some bright spots. Marquese Chriss finished with a double-double.

He finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Chriss left the game in the fourth quarter. He missed the last game with a strained calf, and he appeared to be hobbled by it Monday night. Andrew Wiggins had 16, Damion Lee had 16 and was 3-for-7 from three-point range. Jordan Poole had 13, Eric Paschall 12, and Ky Bowman 10. The W’s shot 44% from the floor. The W’s made 4 threes in 28 tries. Lee had three of the four. The Warriors bench tallied 18 points. Ky Bowman had 10 of the 18.

Sacramento won the game from the three-point line. They made 13 threes in 30 tries. The eight-shot difference accounted for 24 points, which were more than enough to secure the win for Sacramento. De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 21. Barnes had 19, Bogdanovic 17, Hield 19, Harry Giles 13, Corey Joseph 11, and Kent Bazemore, another former Warrior, nine.

The Warriors host the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night at the Chase Center. The game will start at 7:30 pm.


Kings Barnes leads with 21 points in 112-94 win over Golden State

from sfgate.com: Sacramento Kings’ De’Aaron Fox, right, drives the ball past Golden State Warriors’ Ky Bowman (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in San Francisco.

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings hadn’t lost since the All-Star break. Beating the Grizzlies and Clippers since the break, the Kings looked to continue that trend on Tuesday evening against the Golden State Warriors. The Kings were looking to make it three in a row after the break. The tip-off was set for 7:30 PM PST in San Francisco.

In the first half, the game panned out just like we were thinking it would. The Kings to an early 6-1 lead and didn’t look back. As the Warriors struggled from deep (1-17) the Kings managed a 50% field goal clip to take a 55-43 lead into the break.

The Kings solid offensive output was accompanied by only five turnovers for two Warrior points. On the defensive end, the Kings also put together a solid half that they could build off going forward. Leading the way for the Kings in the first half was the resurgent Harrison Barnes who put up 16 points. For the Warriors, Andrew Wiggins scored 14 points. The Kings looked to continue the strong performance in the second half.

In the second half, things got dicey in the third. The Warriors managed to come back to within just two possessions as the Kings were unable to hit shots. The Kings went from an 18 point lead early in the third to an eight-point lead when the third quarter was over. The Kings needed to regain their composure and finish off what had been a strong performance. The score was 81-73 Kings on top headed to the final session.

The Kings managed to get the game back under control in the fourth quarter. The Kings stopped the bleeding and managed to start hitting their shots again. The Kings would hold off the Warriors and win by a final of 112-94.

Leading the way for the victorious Kings was Harrison Barnes who scored 21 points along with Buddy Hield. The Kings also received a great performance from De’Aaron Fox who finished the night with 19 points. Leading the way for the Warriors in defeat was Marquese Chriss who scored 21 points. He was followed by Andrew Wiggins with 16 points.

Up Next: The Kings travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Thursday at 5 PM PST.

Headline Sports with Barbara Mason: Kings go for three in a row tonight in San Francisco; A’s pitcher Fiers under threats gets through first game; plus more

photo from sfgate.com: Oakland Athletics’ Mike Fiers smiles in the dugout during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz.

On Headline Sports with Barbara:

#1 The New Orleans Pelicans got a 14 point victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night 115-111.

#2 The main attraction of the Pelicans came calling in Zion Williamson who is in his first two games with the Pelicans scored 30 points

#3 As pitcher Mike Fiers was served notice by several MLB players and fans threats of physical harm for outing the Houston Astros in the off season regarding the sign stealing scandal. Fiers was unscathed from those threats and pitched unscathed too throwing two innings of shutout ball on Sunday.

#4 The Sacramento Kings look like a club on the mend they’ve won two games in a row and had six players finish in double figures on Sunday against the Clippers

#5 The Kings are in San Francisco tonight against the Warriors talk about how you see this match up.

Join Barbara Mason for Headline Sports each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Charlie O: Kings trying for three straight in San Francisco tonight

photo from sacbee.com: Sacramento Kings’ Harry Giles III, center, dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Los Angeles

On the Kings podcast with Charlie O:

#1 For the Kings (22-33) it’s two in a row after victories over the Grizzlies (28-27) and the Clippers (37-39), Kings head coach Luke Walton says defense gets it everytime

#2 In the game against the Clippers the Kings won it by nine 112-103 and on offense the Kings had six players with double figures

#3 Leading the way in scoring for the Kings was Kent Bazemore with 23 he’s certainly stepped it up to lead the club in scoring on Sunday

#4 The Clippers are a noted club that can out pace a lot of NBA teams talk about the Kings mindset going into that match was it mind over matter or just old fashion good ball distribution.

#5 The Kings head to Golden State for a Tuesday match up with the Warriors Charlie talks about this contest.

Charlie O does the Kings podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com


Kings win fifth game of last seven defeat Clippers in LA 112-103

The Sacramento Kings Kent Bazemore (26) gestures after making a bucket against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center Saturday afternoon (photo from ap)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Kings were coming off a solid performance against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Kings were able to beat the Grizzlies coming off of the All-Star break to start the home stretch off right. On Saturday, the Kings were looking to continue to good play against the LA Clippers at Staples Center for a 12:30 PM PST.

In the first half, it appeared both teams were on autopilot. Neither team really seemed to lock into a grove. However, the Kings consistent defense and enough offensive output led the Kings to a first half lead over the Clippers. The Kings, led by Kent Bazemore managed to build a 54-48 lead going into the half.

Leading the way for the Kings in the first half was Bazemore who managed to score 15 points. The Clippers received the largest contribution of the first half from Kawhi Leonard who scored 14 points. The Kings needed to keep up the defensive intensity in order to win the game.

In the second half, the Kings were able to keep it up in the early going. However, the Clippers managed to come back and take their first lead of the game midway through the fourth quarter. The Clippers had found a lineup in which they were able to score. The question would be who could continue their success and win the game. That would be the Sacramento Kings. The Kings were able to lock out the Clippers the rest of the way and win by a final of 112-103.

It was a great win for the Kings who received a tremendous performance from Kent Bazemore who scored 23 points with four steals and a block. The Kings are flying high on both needs of the floor. Beating the Clippers on the road could go a long way in how this team ends the season. It could help spark a surge.

Next: Kings travel to the Bay Area to take in the Warriors on Tuesday night.

Kings Engaged: Season may be slipping away, but 129-125 win over the Grizzlies sends the right messages

By Morris Phillips

SACRAMENTO–The Kings might not be in position to catch the Grizzlies for the coveted, franchise-changing eighth spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

Along similar lines–and relevant to Thursday night’s post-All Star intro–rookie of the year candidate Ja Morant might not be ready to surpass Kings’ third-year guard De’Aaron Fox either.

The head-to-head matchup of future All-Star point guards went to decisively to Fox, who put up 26 points, four assists in leading the Kings to a 129-125 win over Memphis that turned into a nail biter in the final minutes. The reason for the late rush and the close finish? Morant had his hands on that with 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, but ultimately Fox’s defense and Morant’s turnovers (5) swung the outcome for Sacramento.

“Every game is a must-win and (we) have to play each game like our back is against the wall if we want to make things interesting, and we can,” Buddy Hield said.

The win pulled the Kings within six games of Memphis with 27 contests remaining in the regular season. Complicating matters, and increasing the odds of a Kings’ resurgence is the presence of the Blazers, Spurs and Pelicans with records slightly better than the Kings. But when you’ve missed the playoffs for 14 years and running, you scratch and claw until your time runs out.

The Kings overcame a huge, size disparity against the Grizzlies with superior shooting and fewer mistakes. Sacramento was outrebounded 51-27 as they again were without Marvin Bagley and Richaun Holmes, as well as Dewayne Dedmon, who was traded to Atlanta. Harrison Barnes aided in the process with 32 points, including seven made 3-pointers, as well as Kent Bazemore, who contributed 18 points, but only needed 10 shots to get there.

With Barnes and Bazemore giving the Kings an early advantage, their defensive strategy to fall back into the paint and challenge Memphis’ shooters to make shots played out perfectly as starting guards Morant and Dillon Brooks missed all seven of their shots from distance, allowing the Kings to grab a 37-35 advantage after one quarter, which they built on by scoring the first nine points of the second.

But in a game of runs and swings, the Grizzlies got back into behind reserve guards De’Anthony Melton (24 points), Tyus Jones and Josh Jackson. Hield spearheaded Sacramento’s bench with 20 points, but the Kings were hampered by Jabari Parker’s debut, in which he appeared out of shape, no doubt a product of the former Duke player having played in just one game since Christmas.

The Kings are expected to give Parker and Alex Len–players acquired in the deadline deals–a look, but won’t hesitate to move on from either player. Len was unavailable Thursday, but could play as early as Saturday in Los Angeles against the Clippers.

Doncic and Prozingis lead the Mavs to a 130-111 win over the Kings in “Big D”

by Charlie O. Mallonee

The Sacramento Kings wanted to close out their short two-game road trip on a high note by handing the Dallas Mavericks (33-22) a loss on their homecourt heading into the All-Star Break. The Kings (21-33) knew they would have a big task on their hands because All-Starter Luka Doncic was going to make his return to the lineup after missing the previous seven games due to an ankle injury.

The Doncic Factor

For the rest of his career, Luka Doncic will always be tied to the Sacramento Kings in a bad way. Almost everyone associated with the NBA expected the Kings to draft Doncic because of his Euro pedigree and the Euro leanings of the Sacramento front office. When that did not happen, most experts and analysts were shocked. Now that Doncic is on the verge of becoming a real superstar, the decision to pass Doncic in the draft has become magnified.

Every Doncic success will be viewed as a Sacramento failure because they could have drafted Luka with their number two pick in 2018. Doncic will start the All-Star game on Sunday and he could have done that as a Sacramento King.

On Tuesday night, Doncic was the leading scorer in the game putting up 33 points to go along with 12 rebounds and eight assists.

Some will say that Doncic will always be in the mood to punish the Kings. Do not believe that rubbish. Doncic does not care about the Kings. He is very happy playing for billionaire Mark Cuban in Dallas who will spend whatever is necessary to put the players around him to win an NBA Championship.

Lack of defense

The Kings allowed the Mavericks to score at least 30 points in all four quarters of the game on Wednesday night. They allowed Dallas to shoot 56.5% from the field in the game. The Mavs hit 17 of 40 (42.5%) of their 3-point attempts.

A team like Dallas cannot be defeated when their opponent fails to show up on defense.

Top Scorers

  • Doncic was the game’s leading scorer while Kristaps Prozingis also had a double-double game with 27 points and 13 rebounds plus he added five assists
  • Buddy Hield was the Kings leading scorer coming off the bench to put up 22 points to go along with nine assists

The Glass Cleaners

  • Prozingis was the game’s leading rebounder with 13
  • Hield, Barnes and Bjelica all pulled down seven rebounds each for SAC

Dropping Dimes

  • Buddy Hield was the game’s assists leader with his nine dimes
  • Luca Doncic led Dallas with eight

Up next

The Kings will return to play on Thursday, February 20 when they will host the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Mavericks will return to action on February 21 in Orlando.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Charlie O: Kings battle but Bucks just too much; Kings in Dallas Thursday

image from: KHTK 1140 Sacramento

On the Kings podcast with Charlie O:

#1 The Milwaukee Bucks (46-7) left little doubt in their win over the Sacramento Kings (21-32) in the 123-111 win on Monday night.

#2 The Kings did give the Bucks a challenge in the second and third periods

#3 The Kings Harrison Barnes led with 23 points part of the reason why the Kings got the offensive help they needed in those second and third quarters

#4 The Bucks Eric Bledsoe was unstoppable with 28 points to lead the Bucks.

#5 It’s off to Dallas and Mark Cuban and the Mavericks how do you see the Kings coming out of this game they have been giving some of their opponents some tough games of late.

Charlie O does the Kings podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

The Kings run out of gas in the fourth quarter and lose in Milwaukee 123-111

by Charlie O. Mallonee

The Kings entered the game on Monday night in Milwaukee with high hopes. The Bucks superstar – Giannis Antetokounmpo – was ruled out the game because he wanted to be with his new-born son (who we all expect to be the number one overall draft selection in 2038). Without “the freak” on the floor, the Kings knew they had at least a fighting chance versus the powerful Bucks.

The Kings (21-32) fell behind early, and it looked like it might be a walkover game for Milwaukee (46-7) even without Giannis. At the end of the first quarter, the Bucks held 38-24 lead.

Sacramento rebounded in the second quarter. The Kings outscored the Bucks 34-19 in the second period behind the 13 point barrage by Harrison Barnes. Barnes went 4-for-4 from the floor with all three of his 3-point attempts finding their mark. He also converted both of his free throw attempts. The Kings went to the locker room at halftime with a 58-57 lead.

The two teams went into an epic battle in the third quarter and went toe to toe. The Kings outscored the Bucks 32-31 in the quarter and held a 90-88 advantage at the end of 36 minutes.

The Bucks started the final quarter with a 13-0 run and never looked back. Milwaukee went on to outscore the Kings 35-21 in the fourth quarter as they fell 12 points short when the final buzzer sounded.

Top scorers

  • Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe were the leading scorers in the game scoring 28 points each
  • Harrison Barnes was the Kings top scorer with 23 points

The Glass Cleaners

  • Bucks All-Star Khris Middleton made it a double-double game by pulling down 11 rebounds
  • De’Aaron Fox and Nemanja Bjelica grabbed eight rebounds each for the Kings

Dropping Dimes

  • De’Aaron Fox was the game’s assist leader with 11 which gave him a double-double game
  • Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe dropped eight dimes each for the Bucks

Up next

The Kings will be back in action on Wednesday night in Dallas.

The Bucks will travel to Indianapolis to play the Pacers on Wednesday night.

Buddy Can’t Miss From Deep, Kings Down Spurs 122-104

photo from sacbee.com: Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) trots back for defense after scoring a three-pointer against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of their NBA game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Kings played well just a day prior to Saturday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Kings beat the Miami Heat on Friday night by a final of 105-97. On Saturday, the Kings looked to build on that victory as Greg Popovich and the Spurs came to town. The Tip-off was set for seven PM PST in Sacramento.

In the first, The Kings went toe to toe with the Spurs. The Kings put up 24 points compared to the Spurs 23. The hot hand for the Kings early appeared to be the three-ball. The Kings shot 42% from deep in the first to help lead them to an early lead. Leading the way was Buddy Hield for the Kings with seven points and Derrick White for the Spurs with six points.

In the second, the Kings managed to maintain a slim lead thanks to Nemanja Bjelica and Kent Bazemore who put up a combined 12 points. The King’s lead going into halftime would be three points at 52-49.

The Spurs were getting a great contribution from Dejounte Murray through the first half who had 12 points. For the Kings, Buddy Hield led the Kings with ten points in 15:01 minutes of action. The Kings shot 45.5% in the first half with the Spurs putting up a 46.7% clip.

In the third, the Spurs offense came to life but that couldn’t stop the Kings. The Kings had their best quarter of the game putting up 37 points compared to the Spurs 29. Harrison Barnes led the team out of the post putting up 13 points in the third quarter alone. The Kings would take a 89-78 lead into the final session.

In the fourth, the Kings continued to make the Spurs work. To make a long story short, DeMar DeRozan was ejected from the game after frustrations began to mount for the Spurs. Buddy Hield led the Kings as he went 9-10 from deep in the game and scored 31 points in total.

The Kings downed the Spurs 122-104. It was a great win for the Kings sweeping a back to back as they embark on a long stretch on the road. Harrison Barnes followed up the performance from Hield with a 25 point night for himself. Leading the way for the Spurs in defeat was Dejounte Murray with 17 points.

The Kings head on the road to take on Milwaukee on Monday.