California Classic Day 2 Recap

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By: Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO — Tuesday was day two of the California Classic at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. On tap for Tuesday was the first game of the evening between the Golden State Warriors and LA Lakers at 6 PM PST. The second game was at 8 PM PST featured the hometown Sacramento Kings against the Miami Heat.

Game 1
The Warriors and Lakers were first up on the schedule Tuesday night.

The first half was pretty balanced with both teams putting together good offensive stretches. The first quarter quarter went back and forth with the Warriors edging the Lakers 25-24. In the second quarter, the Lakers took advantage of sloppy defense and outscored the Warriors 24-15. Leading the way in the first half was Lakers forward Zach Norvell Jr., who managed to put up 10 on 4-5 shooting. Leading the way for the Warriors was forward Malachi Richardson, who dropped 9 points for the Warriors in just over 7 minutes in the first half.

The second half featured the Lakers continuing to hold their lead and eventually win the game. The Golden State Warriors had moments where they pulled closer, but it was the Lakers’ scoring that ultimately propelled them to a victory. Halftime scoring leader Zach Norvell Jr. would put up another 10 points (20 points for the game) in the second to lead the Lakers to a 100-90 victory over the Warriors. Other Lakers who put up good numbers were Devontae Cacok (16 points), Joe Young (13 points), and Marcus Allen (10 points).

Leading the way for the losing Warriors was Eric Paschall (18 points), followed by Jacob Evans (13 points), and Damian Jones, Jordan Poole, Alen Smailagic–all with 10 points.

Game 2
The second game of the night was set with the Kings and Heat ready to take the floor.

In the first half, both teams got off to a slow start with the first points coming by the heat at the 8:10 mark of the first. The Kings immediately took a timeout to regroup before continuing the first half. The Heat played exceptional defense early on in this game keeping the Kings from open looks. The Kings’ first points of the night came at 7:41 with Kyle Guy hitting a three from the right start. From there, the Kings offense seemed to click. At the end of the second half, they scored 45 points and led the Heat 45-36.

Leading the way for the Kings in the first half was Kyle Guy (11 points), Semaj Christon (10 points), and Hollis Thompson (7 points).

Leading the way for the Heat was Yante Maten (8 points), and Kendrick Nunn (7 points).

In the second half, the Kings appeared to be on their way to another victory. They kept pace with the Heat in the third and carried a 71-63 lead into the final quarter, but things didn’t go the Kings way in the final 12 minutes. The Heat outscored the Kings 26-17 in the fourth to win the game at the buzzer 89-88. Leading the Heat to victory was Kendrick Nunn, who scored 27 points on 9-20 shooting. Also, another good Heat performance was by Yante Maten, who dropped 21 points.

Even in defeat, the Kings had some positive takeaways from day two of the California Classic. Hollis Thompson was the leading scorer for Sacramento with 18 points. Kyle Guy and Eric Mika both scored 13 points while Semaj Christon and Marcus Derrickson dropped 10 for Sac.

Up Next: Wednesday the California Classic wraps up with the Heat and Warriors playing at 12 PM PST and the Kings and Lakers squaring off at 2 PM PST.

California Classic Day 1 Recap

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By: Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO — Golden One Center was ready on Monday night to welcome in the California Classic for the second time. Kings, Warriors, Heat, and Lakers fans began to descend upon the arena when the gates opened at 5 PM local time in Sacramento. On the slate for Monday evenings action was the first game of the Miami Heat facing off against the Los Angeles Lakers at 6 PM PST. On tap for the 8 PM game was the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors.

Game 1: Miami Heat vs. LA Lakers at 6 PM
In the first game the Heat and Lakers showcased their young talent. Even though the score doesn’t particularly matter in summer league action, the Heat drubbed the Lakers. The Lakers appeared to get off to a fast start in the first quarter, but fell behind in the later minutes and the Heat took the lead.

The Heat then began to pour it on in the next two quarters as the Lakers couldn’t muster anything on defense. At the end of the third the Lakers trailed the Heat 86-54. You could guess what happened the rest of the way. The Heat continued to put up points and down the Lakers 106-79.

However, if you’re reading this, you probably care more about which players put up the best numbers than what the score was. The Heat’s leading scorers were Tyler Herro (18 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists), Duncan Robinson (17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists), and Charles Cooke (15 points, 2 rebounds).

The leading scorers for the Lakers were Rosco Allen (13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assists), and Zack Norwell Jr. (11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists).

Game 2: Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors at 8 PM
In the second game, it was time for the Kings and heat to see what their young talent and newly drafted players could do.

The first half would prove to be an up and down battle between both teams. The Warriors outscored the Kings in the first quarter 23-18, but then the Kings came back and outscored the Warriors 23-9 in the second quarter to take a lead into halftime. Leading scorers for the Kings in the first half were Wenyen Gabriel (11 points), and Hollis Thompson (8 points). Leading the way for the Warriors were Jimmer Fredette and Damian Jones, both with 7 points.

In the second half, it remained a close game with the Kings and Warriors trading baskets. The Kings were outscored by the Warriors 21-19 in the third. Going into the fourth, the Kings would still have the lead 60-53.

In the fourth quarter, the Kings faltered a bit to the Warriors. They allowed them to come back and take the lead midway through the quarter. However, Sacramento was able to battle back and secure the win 81 to 77 over the Warriors. The Kings’ notable scorers were Wenyen Gabriel (22 points), Hollis Thompson (11 points), and Semaj Christon (13 points). The Warriors’ notable scorers were Jacob Evans (18 Points), Damian Jones (14 Points), and Jimmer Fredette (14 points).

The Kings’ newly drafted prospects Kyle Guy and Justin James also logged good minutes. Guy scored 10 points and James scored 7 points in their Sacramento debuts.

Notes: Kings regulars De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley, Harry Giles and Bogdan Bogdanovic were all in attendance for the Kings game. Also in attendance was Kings legend Chris Webber.

Next Up: The California Classic continues on Tuesday with the Lakers facing the Warriors at 6 PM PST and the Heat facing the Kings at 8 PM PST.

Heat beat the Kings 86-76 in the final game of the California Classic

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Things got rough under the basket in the Heat vs Kings game Photo: Charlie O. Mallonee

The Heat handed the Kings their second loss in the California Classic 86-76. Sacramento tried to close the gap late in the fourth quarter, but their effort was too little too late.

Three things we learned in this game:

Here some of the key stats for the Kings:

Here are some numbers on the Heat’s winning performance:

Coach Lewis’ thoughts on the game:

MB3FIVE meets with the media after the game:

Up next for the Kings

The Kings will practice on Friday and then travel to Las Vegas to get ready for the Summer League Tournament. Sacramento will play its first game on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 pm PDT when they will face the Phoenix Suns. That game can be seen on ESPN.