The Kings are back home. Following a solid 3-1 road trip for the Kings, they were set to return home for the next seven of eight games. The first matchup would be the Kings against the rebuilding Detroit Pistons. Tip-off was set for 3PM PST on Sunday at Golden 1 Center.
In the first half, it was truly a tale of two teams. The game started with the Pistons going on a 18-1 run to open the game.
At one point in the first the Kings would be down 21 points. Luke Walton pulled all the starters except Harrison Barnes during the meltdown looking for some sort of spark. A few minutes later he got that spark from Harry Giles.
Giles hustle and intensity not only got the Kings going but brought the Golden 1 Center crowd to life. The Kings roaring back to get within one point going into halftime. Unfortunately, Derrick Rose fell prey to an ankle injury after a missed jump shot. Rose was questionable to return the rest of the way. You hate to see an injury, but a big break for the Kings. The Kings headed into half down 51-50.
In the second half, the Kings came out strong. The Kings took their first lead of the game in the first possession of the third quarter and never looked back. The Kings took the lead and managed to hold on to win the first game back from a long road trip.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Kings were able to get the job done by a final of 106-100. For the Kings they were led in victory by De’Aaron Fox who managed to drop 23 points.
Following Fox was Buddy Hield who scored 19 points even on an off shooting night. Also, he might not show up in the scoring stats but Alex Len was maybe the most impactful of all in this game. Len finished with eight points, 13 rebounds, and five blocks. In defeat, the Pistons were led by Christian Wood who finished the game with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
The Kings will use a much needed day off at home before taking on the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 7PM PST.
msn.com photo: msn.com photo: Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) attempts a 3-pointer over Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn, left, and forward Duncan Robinson (55) during the first half, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Miami.
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#1 The Sacramento Kings lost another one this time by five points 118-113 in Miami it was the overtime stanza that dropped the Kings as the Heat outscored them 13-8
#2 The Kings only won in the first frame the first quarter 24-21 but dropped the rest of game and showed flashes forcing overtime
#3 The Kings Nemanja Bjelica led with 22 points he was one of the main reasons why Sacramento stayed in this one.
#4 For the Heat Kendrick Nunn kept things going with a team leading 25 the highest scorer of the contest.
#5 It’s off to Little Cesar’s Arena in Detroit, the Kings will face the Detroit Pistons (16-28) Wednesday night. The Pistons have been playing .500 ball winning four of their last eight.
sfgate.com photo: Detroit Pistons’ Bruce Brown, left, looks to shoot against Golden State Warriors’ Jacob Evans (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in San Francisco.
By Jerry Feitelberg
San Francisco- The Warriors returned home to face the Detroit Pistons Saturday evening at the Chase Center. The Warriors, who have had a rough season, were meeting an opponent, the Pistons, that they thought they could beat.
The Pistons had lost three in a row and came into the game with a record of 12-23. The Warriors were with D’Angelo Russell again. Russell suffered a right shoulder contusion against the Dallas Mavericks last week. The W’s are hoping that he will be back in the lineup on Monday when they play the Kings in Sacramento on Monday.
The Pistons arrived in town with players whose names are not well-known here on the West Coast. Sekou Doumbouya is a 19-year old rookie filling in for Blake Griffin. Many fans are seeing Tim Frazier, Tony Snell, and Sviatoslav Mykhailuk for the first time. The only name people might recognize is Detroit’s center, Andre Drummond.
The Warriors had Willie Cauley Stein back in the lineup. Willie missed the last couple of the game with the flu. Ky Bowman started at point guard in place of Russell.
The teams played a very competitive first half. The Pistons won the first quarter 25-23, but the ‘s came back and outscored them by five in the second quarter to finish the first half with a 59-56 advantage.
The second half was a different story. The Pistons’ head coach Dwane Casey inserted the veteran Derrick Rose into the game at guard. Rose was the key to the Pistons surge to win the game. Rose scored 22 points off the bench, and the Pistons outscored the warriors 55-45 to win the game 111-104.
Game Notes and stats- The only starter in double-figures for the W’s was Damion Lee. Lee had 14 points but was -18 when he was on the court. Alec Burks led the Warriors with 27 points. Burks connected on three threes and was plus 10.
Omari Spellman had a big night with 23 points, five rebounds, and four threes. Draymond Green had two points, six boards, and three assists. Draymond was hit with back-to-back technical fouls with 4:57 left in the third quarter.
Draymond had to leave the court. Steve Kerr had this to say about Draymond: “The last couple games he’s looked tired,” “I think you’ve got to remember that he’s the lone the guy, lone holdover from the group that’s been to the finals five years in a row. He looks tired to me. I’ve been trying to give him a night off here and there. We probably need to do that. I think he’s just kind of worn out emotionally and physically.”
The Pistons had five players in double figures. Rose led with 22. Sekou Soumbouya had 16, Mykhailuk 14, Bruce Brown 14. Andre Drummond had a double-double with 14 points and 18 rebounds.
The Pistons made 43 field goals. The Warriors had 33. Each team made 11 threes/ The Warriors had the advantage at the free-throw line. They made 27 free throws, the Pistons 14. The Pistons shot 51.8% from the floor, the Warriors 40.2%
The Warriors’ record dropped to 9-28. The Pistons improved to 13-23. The W’s travel to Sacramento to face the Kings Mondy night.
One night after being embarrassed by the Dallas Mavericks, who handed the Golden State Warriors their worst loss in the Steve Kerr era, the Warriors able to down the Detroit Pistons 121-114 at Oracle Arena Sunday. Steph Curry, Andrew Bogut, and Shaun Livingston returned to action after having last night off. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr sat out DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala down for tonight’s game.
The teams played a very competitive first quarter. The Warriors won the quarter 29-28. The Warriors looked like the rather old Warriors as they outscored Detroit 34-21 to finish the first half 63-49. The fans knew things were going their way when Draymond Green hit a three-point shot at the buzzer.
The Warriors kept the momentum going in the third quarter, They owned the third quarter so many times this season, and it was no surprise that the scored another 34 points and increased the lead to 97-77 at the end of the period.
Usually, a 20-point lead heading into the final period means that the team with the advantage will win. The Pistons didn’t see things that way, and they rallied to come within a single-digit deficit. Curry displayed his Most Valuable Player on the Warriors’ status when he knocked down a three and blunted the Pistons’ momentum. The Pistons won the fourth quarter 37-24. The Warriors won 121-114.
Game Notes and Stats: With the win, and coupled with the Denver Nuggets loss to the Indiana Pacers, the Warriors are back in first place in the Western Conference. With the win, the Warriors improve to 50-23. It was the sixth year in a row that the team has won 50 games, and that set a new franchise record.
The Pistons’ record fell to 37-36, and they are now in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Before the game, the Warriors welcomed back Zaza Pachulia to Oracle Arena. Pachulia won two championships with the Warriors, and the fans gave him very warm reception as he was a fan favorite at Oracle. Klay Thompson presented him his championship ring. The team selected Thompson to do the honors as he is a close friend.
Steph Curry led the Warriors with 26 points. Thompson, who had a tough night against Dallas, bounced back with 24 points. Kevin Durant had a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists. Draymond Green had 14 points and 8 assists. Kevon Looney, coming off the bench, had 11. Shaun Livingston added 8. Quinn Cook finished with 7.
Blake Griffin led the Pistons with 24. Andre Drummond was the only other Piston starter in double figures with 12. Drummond also had 11 rebounds. Four Piston bench players were in double figures. Luke Kennard had 20, Ish Smith, 14, Thon Maker 12, and Langston Galloway 12. Pachulia, in his return to Oracle, had 4.
The Warriors made 46 buckets on 74 tries for a 62.2% shooting percentage. The Pistons were 39-for-84. The Warriors outrebounded the Pistons 37-39 and recorded 31 assists.
Up Next: The Warriors travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies Wednesday night. Game time will be at 5 pm.
#1 The Detroit Pistons beat Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night 93-89. The Pistons’ Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond both scored 24 points in the win.
#2 The Orlando Magic got a seven-point win past the Indiana Pacers 107-100 in Orlando on Thursday night. The Magic’s Terrence Ross led the way with 30 points.
#3 The Milwaukee Bucks got by a tough Toronto Raptors team. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in scoring with 19 points in the 105-92 win in Toronto on Thursday night.
#4 The Philadelphia 76ers got past the Golden State Warriors 113-104 in Oakland on Thursday night. The Sixers Joel Emiid led with 26 points. The win for the Sixers snapped Golden State’s 11 game win streak.
#5 The Lakers and Clippers went down to the wire in LA and into overtime on Thursday night. The Lakers outlasted the Clippers 123-120 in OT. LeBron James had 24 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in his return to action.
The Kings began their longest road trip of the year on Thursday night with a disappointing 114-95 loss in Charlotte. That was a game that should have gone in the win column for the Kings on this six-city road swing.
Sacramento had the table set for them on Saturday night going into the game. The Pistons were playing the second game of a back-to-back set after having played the Miami Heat on Friday night. Detroit also lost center Andre Drummond in the first quarter of the Miami game when an arm in the face caused a nasal injury that would also keep him out of the game versus the Kings.
This was a snoozer for three quarters In fact, you could make the case that this game was a sleep inducer for 44 minutes. After 36 minutes, the Pistons held an 82-74 lead over the Kings. Detroit was controlling the pace. Blake Griffin was leading the scoring for the Pistons and Luke Kennard was sinking 3-pointers with ease.
The Kings were just hanging on in the game. They were allowing the Pistons to set a slow-down pace. SAC was shooting poorly (26.3%) from downtown, and they were allowing Detroit to outrebound them. The Kings seemed satisfied to trail the Pistons by 10 points.
At the end of three quarters, things did not look good for Sacramento fans.
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Buddy Hield scored 20 points in the first half of the game on Saturday night. He played the entire third quarter and scored no points while shooting 0-for-3 from the field. Things looked grim indeed for the men from Sacramento.
Hield scored his first points of the second half with 3:26 to go in the game. He hit a 27-foot 3-point jump shot set up by an assist from Iman Shumpert. That cut the Detroit lead to four points.
After a Pistons miss, Hield promptly cut the Pistons lead to one after he hit another 27-foot 3-point bucket.
Hield went on to hit a 17-foot field goal, a free throw, and another 3-point basket during his 12-point blitz.
The Kings regained control of the ball with 3.4-seconds to go in the game when they grabbed the rebound off of Reggie Jackson’s missed jump shot. Sacramento called an immediate timeout in order to be able to inbound the ball in the frontcourt.
Bogdan Bogdanovic inbounded the ball to Hield. Hield, who was surrounded by three Piston defenders, lost control of the ball but was able to regain control. He turned and jumped off one leg then shot a 28-foot 3-point shot that went through the bucket at the buzzer to give the Kings the win.
Sacramento escaped the Little Caesar’s Arena with a 103-101 win over the stunned Detroit Pistons.
“(It was) my first buzzer beater in the NBA,” said Hield after the game. “It was one of those things as a kid you wanted to do and you want to cherish. I hope I have many more to come.”
Kings’ numbers on the night (24-22)
Hield was the Kings leading scorer with 35 points. He shot 13-for-22 overall and hit 7-of-9 from behind the arc. Hield also grabbed nine rebounds (3 OR).
Dave Joerger was full of praise for Buddy after the game, but he also wanted to point out the performances of some of his other players. “De’Aaron Fox had a terrific game even though he didn’t shoot the basketball (well). Iman Shumpert had a really nice night defensively. Marvin Bagley fought like crazy. Harry (Giles) fought like crazy. Those guys are getting better. It’s a great learning experience trying to learn. They’re learning it doesn’t take losses to learn.” Joerger also added that he thought, “Willie Cauley-Stein was solid tonight.”
De’Aaron Fox had a double-double, scoring 14 points and dishing out 10 dimes
Marvin Bagley III put in 14 points–many with Blake Griffin in his face
Willie Cauley-Stein added 12 points and six rebounds
Bogdanovic and Giles scored eight points apiece
SAC team stats
The Kings hit 40-of-89 (44.9%) of their field goals in the game
They put in 10-of-25 (40%) of their 3-point attempts, thanks to Hield’s fourth quarter blitz
Sacramento recorded 30 assists and made just 13 turnovers, which resulted in 17 Detroit points
Detroit by the numbers (20-25)
Blake Griffin was the game’s leading scorer with 38 points. He was also the game’s leading complainer as he had something to say to the officials after every play. He was especially boorish to referee Natalie Sago.
Luke Kennard put in 19 points off the bench.
Zaza Pachulla hauled in 12 rebounds
Bruce Brown recorded a career-high 10 rebounds
Up next The Kings left the Motor City after the game for New York City. SAC will play the Brooklyn Nets (24-23) on Monday afternoon at 12:30 PM PST. The game can be seen on NBCSCA and heard on the Kings Radio Network.
The Pistons also play on Martin Luther King Day as they will be in Washington to take on the Wizards.
On Thursday evening, the Kings traveled to Charlotte, kicking off the first of 6 games on the road. Winning 4 of their last 5 games, the Kings have recently gone all in with their youth movement. Harry Giles, the former college and high school standout who redshirted his first season with Sacramento after an injury, has been seeing more of the floor and has shown that he may be exactly what the Kings need around the basket. Combined with the talents of the number two overall pick from last year’s draft, Marvin Bagley III, they look like they could be the long-term future for the Kings’ backcourt. Sacramento hopes to ride it’s youth to playoff berth, continuing with a good start to this road trip.
The Kings started the game out hot, going on a 15-3 run to open the game. Buddy Hield, who has been on fire this season and is on pace to break the Kings record for threes in a single season, poured in 9 from beyond the arc. Charlotte’s Kemba Walker would help his team get back into the game, scoring 5 in the first. De’Aaron Fox helped keep the Hornets at bay with excellent facilitation, dishing out 4 assists in the quarter. The quarter would end 25-20 in the Kings’ favor.
At one point, the Kings held an 11-point lead in the second quarter, but the half ended with Charlotte going on a monster 39-13 run over 10 minutes. The game would go to halftime with Charlotte leading 63-50. The Kings would continue to fall apart. While Bogdan Bogdanovic and Marvin Bagley had good games off the bench, a lack of ball movement and poor shooting would plague them and the lead for Charlotte would balloon to 20 in the fourth quarter. The Kings starters would fight back, but it would be too little, too late.
It was a poor was for the Kings to open up a long road trip, but there is still time to turn it around. The Kings travel to the Palace in Detroit to take on the Pistons on Saturday. After beating them 7 days ago at the Golden 1 Center, they should go in with a high level of confidence. And, after one of the most disappointing losses of the season to Charlotte, they should be hungry for a bounce back win.
FINAL: Charlotte defeated Sacramento 114-95.
UP NEXT: Kings stop by Detroit to take on the Pistons Saturday at 4:00 pm PST.
SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Kings were back home on Thursday night to host the Detroit Pistons. For the Kings, they desperately needed a win to bounce back from the worst loss of the season. On Tuesday, the Kings had a 21-point lead going into halftime. However, those points would not hold up against the worst team in NBA as the Kings would lose the game 115-111. The Pistons came into Thursday nights game also coming off a tough loss to the LA Lakers 113-100. The tip-off was set for 7 PM PST.
In the first quarter, the Kings came out strong. Lead by De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield for a combined 15 points the Kings scored 34 to take an early lead. The Pistons, on the other hand, seemed to being the same game that cost them in LA. The Pistons’ sluggish play on the second day of a back to back wasn’t unexpected, but disappointing nonetheless. Blake Griffin, the Pistons’ arguably best player, was out for a rest day which showed early on.
In the second quarter, it was more of the same from both sides. The Kings managed to put up 31 compared to the Pistons’ 27–three of which came at the buzzer to end the first half. Notably good performances for the Pistons in the first half were Stanley Johnson and Langston Galloway, who combined for 17 points. For the Kings, they had five players who had eight or more points for the half. Those five were Iman Shumpert, Willie Cauley-Stein, Buddy Hield, De’Aaron Fox, and Yogi Ferrell. The first half ended with the Kings up 65-48.
Headed into the third, the Kings clearly had the advantage, and they didn’t waste it. The Kings didn’t do enough to further the lead, but they were able to keep the game exactly where it was going to the half. The Kings and Pistons both scored 26 points to keep the Kings 17-point lead intact. Through the third, the leading scorer in the game was Hield with 18 points. Heading into the fourth, the game appeared to be everything but over with the Kings leading 91-74.
In the fourth, that prediction would come true. The Kings managed to score 21 points to put the Pistons in the ground for the second straight night in California. The Kings played well coming off a tough loss to the Suns earlier in the week. Hopefully, this signals a rebound from the poor basketball the Kings have been playing of late as they look to get back on track. The Kings now sit at 21-21 while the Pistons drop to 17-23.
The Kings host the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night at 7:00 PM PST.
It just wasn’t the Golden State Warriors’ night as they lost their second straight game in a 111-102 loss to the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday.
The Warriors were prepared and ready to go from the get-go or at least they seemed to be a prepared group of players prior to the tipoff against the Pistons. The Warriors’ starting five featured Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Jonas Jerebko and Damian Jones.
Both teams were tied at 24 apiece at the end of the first quarter.
The Pistons, however, picked up the pace in the second quarter and outscored the Warriors 30-22. This allowed the Pistons to lead the Warriors 54-46 at halftime.
Of course, halftime doesn’t last forever, so the Warriors had to head back onto the court to show the Pistons what they got. Klay Thompson shined in the third quarter as Vintage Klay came out to play. At the time, Thompson had 21 points and tied his career-high for most consecutive 20-point games with his eighth consecutive 20-point performance. Moreover, you can’t forget about Steph Curry, who made a good amount of 3-pointers.
The Warriors trailed the Pistons 85-78 at the end of three quarters.
The Warriors continued to hustle in the fourth quarter in hopes of finishing the game with a win, but that didn’t happen. Sure, there were solid efforts by Curry, Thompson, Durant and vice versa, but the Pistons had the upper hand and picked up yet another impressive win. This time, it was over the defending NBA champions.
The Warriors fell to the Pistons 111-102 for their second straight loss. Durant led the Warriors with 28 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Curry had 27 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. Thompson had 21 points and 8 rebounds. Jones had 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Andre Iguodala had 4 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Jerebko had 4 points and 4 rebounds. Jordan Bell added 4 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
The Warriors continue their road trip against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, December 3 at 4:30 pm PT.