By Charlie O. Mallonee
The Sacramento Kings played game two of their four-game road trip on Friday night in San Antonio. The Kings lost game one on Wednesday night in Portland. It took 53 minutes to decide the winner of game two in the “Alamo City”, but when the final buzzer sounded, the Spurs had won the game 105-104 in overtime.
The Kings have now lost five of their last six games and have fallen five games under .500 with a record of 8-13. Not only are the men of SAC headed in the wrong direction in the standings but their immediate future prospects are not great. Their final two games of this road trip are with the Dallas Mavericks (15-5) and the Houston Rockets (14-7) – two of the hottest teams in the NBA.
When the Kings left on this road trip, we projected that they would win one game and lose three. We expected the one win to happen in Portland or San Antonio. Now that Sacramento has lost to both the Trail Blazers and the Spurs, our projection has changed to the team finishing the road trip 0-4. That would put the Kings nine games under .500 by the time they return to Sacramento.
The Kings could have won this game
The game was tied at 89-89 with 3:44 to go in the game. The Kings went on a 9-0 run to take what looked like a commanding lead with just 1:43 remaining in the contest, but this is the NBA and you can never assume anything.
The Spurs scored eight unanswered points in less than a minute. The Kings were stunned. San Antonio possessed the ball with 14.3 seconds to go in regulation time. The Spurs worked the ball to Marco Belinelli with 4.1 seconds on the clock. Belinelli let a 3-pointer fly from the right angle and put it through the hoop to tie the game at 100 apiece and force OT.
Overtime was not pretty
The first point in OT wasn’t scored until the 3:07 mark when DeMar DeRozan hit the first of three free throw attempts. There would be only a total of nine points scored in the entire five minutes of overtime. It was just plain ugly.
The Kings wound up with the final possession of the game when it was ruled that Spurs last touched the ball that went out of bounds after a jump ball.
Sacramento did their best putting up four shots in the final 17.4 seconds to try and take the lead. They fought ferociously to get rebounds to have the opportunity to take another shot but none of their four final attempts would fall. When time expired, the Spurs had won the game 105-104.
- Buddy Hield scored a game-high 23 points for the Kings.
- LaMarcus Aldridge led Spurs scoring attack with 19 points.
The Glass Cleaners
- Richaun Holmes pulled down 14 rebounds to go with 13 points for a double-double game.
- LaMarcus Aldridge also had a double-double by grabbing 13 rebounds to go with his 19 points.
Tossing out the dimes
- The Spurs DeMar DeRozan dropped nine dimes in the game.
- Harrison Barnes – who also scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds – distributed 5 assists.
Think about it
- The Kings starters scored 69 points while their second unit added 35 points.
- The Spurs starting five scored 52 points and their bench put 53 points. That’s called depth.
The Kings will have Saturday off and will play the Mavericks in Dallas on Sunday.
The Spurs go on vacation as they are off until next Thursday when they will host Cleveland.