By Charlie O. Mallonee
The Sacramento Kings won their third game in a row and the second game of this four-game road trip on Friday night as they took down the hapless Cleveland Cavaliers 129-110 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. It was the Cavs’ second loss in three days to a Northern California team as they were beaten by the Warriors at the “Q” on Wednesday night.
Sacramento was coming off a convincing win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night and knew they had a chance to add to their win total on this road trip if they just focused on playing their type of basketball.
On Friday night, the Kings taught the Cavs what Sactown basketball is all about.
SAC ran CLE into the ground
- The Kings outscored the Cavaliers 72-42 in the paint
- SAC had a 57.1 FG% (56/98) and was 13-for-29 (44.9%) from 3-point land
- The Kings recorded 19 second chance points to the Cavs’ 8
- Sacramento had 35 rebounds — 10 were offensive rebounds
- Cleveland also booked 35 rebounds, but only 7 were on offense
- The Kings outscored the Cavs on the Fast Break 12-5
- SAC had 30 assists and just nine turnovers (12 CLE points)
- CLE dished out 20 assists, but turned the ball over 18 times (31 SAC points)
Outstanding individual efforts by Kings players
- De’Aaron Fox was the game’s high scorer with 30 points and he made it a double-double by dishing out 12 assists (some of which were Top 10 worthy)
- Buddy Hield recorded 25 points, sinking 9-of-17 shots (5-of-8 3-pointers)
- Marvin Bagley III returned to action after missing two games and put up 17 points in just over 25 minutes on the floor
- Bogdanovic 15; Bjelica 13; Cauley-Stein 10; Jackson 7; Koufos 6; Shumpert 6
- Jordan Clarkson was the leading scorer for the Cavs with 26 points
- Guard Colin Sexton put up 23
- The just added Alec Burks put 22 points and 7 rebounds in the book
It has to be said
The Kings record now stands at 13-11 for the season which gives them sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference. Yes, that means if the season ended today the Kings would be in the playoffs. That cannot be ignored.
Dwelling in the cellar
The Cavs record is now 5-20 after the loss to the Kings. They are now tied for 14th or last-place in the NBA Eastern Conference with the Atlanta Hawks.
The Cavaliers made big news before the game
Cleveland took part on Friday in a three-team, five-player trade that involved the Cavs, Bucks, and Wizards. Some well-traveled veterans went to new teams while others went home to places where they have played before.
The Cavaliers sent veteran guard (and former King) George Hill to the Milwaukee Bucks along with forward Jason Smith.
The Cavs received Matthew Dellavedova — who was a very popular player in Cleveland before leaving in free agency — and center John Henson from Milwaukee.
The Wizards get Sam Dekker from Cleveland via Milwaukee along with draft picks.
The Cavs end up with the 2021 first and second-round draft picks from the Bucks. They also get a 2022 second-round pick from the Wizards.
Milwaukee winds up with a 2021 second-round selection from Washington.
Finally, the Wizards get a 2021 draft pick from the Cavs.
All of these draft picks have conditions tied to them. If you want the complete details, go to NBA.com transactions.
The Kings will be back in action on Saturday night in Indianapolis when they will take on the Indiana Pacers. The Kings beat the Pacers 111-110 last Saturday night in Sacramento and Indiana will have revenge on their minds.
The Cavs will host the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.