Jazz pull away from Kings late in fourth quarter for 110-101 win

The Utah Jazz Donovan Mitchell (front) tries to out run and out gun Sacramento Kings Davion Mitchell (15) in first half action at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Fri Oct 22, 2021 (AP News photo)

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings (1-1) on Wednesday night opened up the season on the road in Portland with a win. The Kings were excited to return home on Friday night to a packed Golden One Center crowd that hadn’t been allowed in the since March of 2020. The Kings opened the season on Wednesday pulling out a narrow victory 124-121 in the unfriendly confines in Portland.

The Kings were set to face the Utah Jazz (2-0) on Friday. Utah came into Friday’s matchup having played on Wednesday in Utah. They handily beat the OKC Thunder 107-86. The Kings took a tough loss on Friday night 110-101 for their first loss of the season.

First Half: The Kings played an up and down half.

The intensity in the first quarter was palpable as the Kings began putting on an offensive show for the home crowd. In the first quarter, the Kings outscored the Jazz 26-24 as Harrison Barnes led the way for the Kings in the first quarter as he scored 8 points.

It should be noted that the Jazz Joe Ingles was ejected after a flagrant two foul was assessed him on a foul against Davion Mitchell. The foul took the legs out from under Mitchell and so the penalty was handed down. The Kings would look to keep the defensive intensity up in the second quarter to keep the lead at halftime.

In the second quarter, the Kings offense stalled a bit. Thankfully for the Kings, the Jazz weren’t able to do much on the offensive end either. The Jazz only scored 22 points in the quarter as the Kings defense kept the pressure on the shooters of the Jazz.

On the other hand, the Kings managed to score 26 points to pull even further ahead of the Jazz heading into halftime. The Kings would take a 52-46 into halftime looking to seal things off in the second half. Leading the way for the Kings in the first half was Harrison Barnes who scored 12 points. Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz as he also scored 12 points.

Second Half: The Kings would come out with good energy in the second half.

In the third quarter, the Kings entered the quarter with good offensive and defensive intensity. However, as the quarter progressed the Kings would lose grip on the lead. The Jazz went on a run to end the quarter and managed to score 35 points compared to the Kings 28 points.

The Kings missed some rotations on defense and as a whole, the Jazz shot the ball much better. The Jazz took an 81-80 lead into the final quarter. The Kings would need to tighten up the defensive end and start hitting more shots to win the game.

In the fourth quarter, the teams traded baskets for the majority of the quarter. The Jazz went on a bit of a run to start followed by the Kings coming back and tying the game with 4:57 left in the game. The sequence was punctuated by a Tyrese Haliburton steal and dunk.

For the remainder of the game, the Jazz took over the momentum. The Jazz ended up scoring 29 points compared to the Kings 21. A careless turnover with under two minutes left desperately cost the Kings as it shifted the momentum fully to the Jazz who took advantage.

It was a strong effort from the Kings but ultimately the shooting of the Jazz down the stretch did the Kings in. Leading the way for the Kings in defeat was Harrison Barnes who scored 25 points closely followed by Buddy Hield who scored 24. The Jazz were treated to a 27 point game from Donovan Mitchell to lead the way in victory.

Up Next: The Kings will take on the Golden State Warriors on Sunday at 6 PM PST in Sacramento.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings home opener tonight at Golden One against Utah Jazz

De’Aaron Fox (5) the Sacramento Kings guard drives past the Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard (0) on Wed Oct 20, 2021 at Moda Center in Portland (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, what else can you say about the Sacramento Kings they’re looking good they went 5-0 in pre season and won their opening night game on the road in Portland on Wednesday night 124-121.

#2 Four players finished in double figures top scorer Harrison Barnes topped the leaderboard with 36 points and was instrumental in the Kings offense.

#3 The Kings De’Aaron Fox 27 points and Richaun Holmes 21 points finished in second and third how important will they be for the Kings this season.

#4 It looks like head coach Luke Walton has this team prepared whether it was pre season or the regular season it’s early but the Kings are showing a lot of confidence.

#5 The Kings host the Utah Jazz tonight for the home opener at Golden One Center. The Jazz won their last game rather convincingly 107-86 Wednesday night in Utah. The Jazz top scorer you might remember Bojan Bogdanovic the former King who finished on top with 22 points. How do you see this match up tonight between the Jazz and Kings?

Jeremiah Salmonson does the Sacramento Kings podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Warriors Win a thriller at Chase 115-113 defeat Clippers

Golden State Warriors guard is exalted after converting a three pointer against the Los Angeles Clippers at Chase Center in San Francisco on Thu Oct 21, 2021 (AP News photo)

Warriors Win A Thriller At Chase 115-113

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday night the Golden State Warriors started the season with a 121-114 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Despite a triple double, Steph Curry felt that he played like trash but was thankful that the team won.

Perhaps the one thing that the team was lacking in their first game was the home crowd. Fast forward to Thursday night and their second game of the season, a home game against the Clippers. Chase Center was in for a treat in the first quarter. We always get something special when Stephen Curry is on the floor. He did not disappoint.

The first quarter was the Curry Show that we did not get to see in the first game. Fans were treated to an amazing offensive display. He had 25 first quarter points propelling the team to a 44-27 lead.

When it looked like a runaway, the Clipper’s went on a 23 to 3 run taking the lead at halftime 67-66. It was a crazy turnaround. Los Angeles shut down Curry allowing only 3 points in the second quarter. It was a quiet half for Jordan Poole with only five points and Draymond Greene came up empty in the first half. The Warriors would have to reclaim the play that gave them the huge lead in the first quarter. Some support from Poole and Green would be key as well as getting some nice open looks for Curry.

The Clippers led at the end of the third quarter 93-90. The Warriors were shooting 52% and desperately trying to find their way back into this game.

In the fourth quarter Golden State took back the lead 99-98 with 5:53 left in the game. The Warriors had gone on a run of their own 9-0. With 3:16 left the game was tied at 104. This game was going down to the wire.

Golden State would pull this game out in the last 4.7 seconds. With Curry at the free throw line the inevitable two points put the Warriors ahead 115-112. The final was 115-113 in favor of the Warriors. Curry would finish with 45 points with Green and Wiggins in double digits. This was a hotly contested game that could have gone either way. It was the terrific offensive and defensive play of Golden State in the closing minutes that was the difference.

“Tonight was another step in the right direction for us as a team,” said Curry after the game. “We have a lot of room to grow.”

The Warriors will be back on the court to take on the Sacramento Kings Sunday at Golden 1 Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00.

Kings edge Trail Blazers 124-121

The Portland Trail Blazers guard Damion Lillard (0) tries to drive underneath the Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes during the first half on opening night at the Moda Center in Portland on Wed Oct 20, 2021 (AP News photo)

Kings Edge the Trail Blazers 124-121

By Barbara Mason

After a most successful pre-season the Sacramento Kings (1-0) took on the Portland Trail Blazers (0-1) on the road at Moda Center in Portland and picked up an opening night win 124-121 to start the regular season. In the pre-season the Kings beat the Phoenix Suns, the Clippers, the Trail Blazers and last Thursday beat the winless Los Angeles Lakers to finish an unblemished pre-season 4-0. They took that winning streak to start the 2021-22 season Wednesday night.

In the pre-season, the Kings De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes had some great performances as well as Buddy Hield and Terence Davis off the bench; performances that they hope to take into the regular season.

Game recap: The first quarter in Portland saw the Kings with a narrow one point lead 23-24 as the clock ran out. De’Aaron Fox had high points in the quarter with ten. The one thing that hurt the Kings last season was their defense. They will be looking for a much improved defense to start the season.

The Kings led for much of the first half. After two quarters Sacramento lead by the score of 62-49. At the half De’Aaron Fox had shot for 16 points and off the bench Buddy Hield had nine points. CJ McCollum finished the first half with 14 points and Damian Lilliard had ten points. Going into the third quarter, the Kings will have to continue to keep the pressure on the Trail Blazers offensively and defensively.

Sacramento continued to apply pressure on both ends of the court in the third quarter. They led 100-85 as the quarter ended and Harrison Barnes really amped up shooting 26 points. Buddy Hield had 12 off the bench as the Kings really dominated the Trail Blazers in the quarter.

After trailing by as many as 17 points the Trail Blazers fought back to within three points with under three minutes left in the game. The Kings would pull it together and squeak out their first win of the season. Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield both shot a couple of free throws to ice this game. It was a heartbreaker for the Trail Blazers after they made such a valiant comeback that just fell short.

Harrison Barnes finished with 36 points and De’Aaron Fox had 27. Buddy had 17 points off the bench. It was a great way to start off the season for the Kings.

The Kings will next take on the Utah Jazz Friday October 22 at Golden One Center in Sacramento the Kings home opener. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Warriors Win Season opener 121-114 over Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) leaps to block Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole’s (3) shot during the first half at Staples Center in Los Angeles on opening night Tue Oct 19, 2021 (AP News photo)

Warriors Win Season Opener 121-114

By Barbara Mason

It is finally here. The first game of the 82 game NBA season. In a great rivalry it was fitting that the Golden State Warriors took on the Los Angeles Lakers to start the season.

The Warriors took on a formidable roster facing LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook. The Lakers fearsome foursome could not stop Golden State at Staples Center on opening night as the Warriors win it 121-114.

The Warriors had too many fouls in the first quarter and didn’t really get into the flow of the game until the latter part of the quarter. When they settled down, the Warriors began to play some very competitive basketball. At the end of the first quarter they trailed by a single basket 34-32. Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala each had eight points.

Sloppy play in the second quarter by Golden State gave the Lakers a 59-53 halftime lead. Turnovers and far too many missed shots really hurt the Warriors in the quarter. Curry was 1-4 from downtown and finished the half with ten points. LeBron James was 7-10, perfect beyond the arc at 2-2 turning in 18 points. Anthony Davis also had a great half with 20 points.

The Lakers extended their lead to nine points in the third quarter but it was the final two minutes that were big for the Warriors. They outscored the Lakers nine to one and trailed again by a single basket 85-83.

The Warriors had a nice run in the early going of the fourth quarter leading 98-90. The Lakers came storming back to pull to within two points with under five minutes left in the game. The Warriors started dropping in three’s as a frenzied final four minutes ensued. With 2 1/2 minutes left in the game the Warriors led 115-103. The Lakers came on strong late in the final quarter but it was too little too late. After trailing for much of the game, the Warriors iced this game in the fourth quarter.

This was a big opening night win for the Warriors. It was a triple double for Curry. He finished with 21 points. According to Curry himself, he played like trash. He was very pleased to be able to pull this game out. Jordan Poole would finish with 20, and Damian Lee and Nemanja Bjelica both had 15 off the bench.

On Thursday night the Warriors will be taking on the Clippers at home. Tipoff is schedule for 7:00 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors open 2021-22 against Lakers on Tuesday night in the Southland

Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry (30) as he appeared in this Mar 29, 2021 photo against the Chicago Bulls at the Chase Center in San Francisco led the Warriors in scoring with 41 in the their last pre season game on Fri Oct 15th against the Portland Trailblazers at Chase Center (AP News file photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara taking a look at the Golden State Warriors roster for the 2021-22 season the total cost on just players was $334 million.

#2 Barbara in the final pre season game Stephen Curry showed off his handy work scoring 41 points looks like he’s picked up where he left off from last season.

#3 The Warriors have rolled to a perfect record in pre season play, was this by design that other teams didn’t want to show their strengths before the regular season starts or the Warriors are really that good.

#4 Andrew Wiggins sat because of a knee injury and head coach Steve Kerr that Wiggins is not quite where he wants to be that kept him out for a couple days worth of practice.

#5 The Los Angeles Lakers did not win one pre season game going 0-5 was this a matter of the Lakers not wanting show all their cards toward the regular season or is there something to worry about as they will host the Warriors at Staples Center on Tuesday night’s opener.

Join Barbara Mason for the Warriors podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Warriors defeat Portland 119-97 to finish pre season unbeaten (5-0)

Portland Trailblazers guard Norman Powell (24) looking to take a shot against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Looney (left) on Fri Oct 15, 2021 in Portland (photo from oregonlive.com)

Warriors Finish Pre-Season Unbeaten 119-97

By Barbara Mason

Friday night the Golden State Warriors (5-0) took on the winless Portland Trail Blazers (0-4) in Portland. The Warriors were going for a perfect pre-season coming into this game. They have won with and without Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. They have had a great pre-season the Warriors defeating the Trailblazers 119-97 on Friday night to complete the pre season schedule.

The Trailblazers host the Sacramento Kings for their opener on Wed Oct 20th. The Kings also had a perfect pre season. The Blazers Damian Lillard did not play in this game citing rest as the reason and should be ready for the opener . After all it is the pre-season and you want your starters to be ready and rested when the regular season gets underway next week.

Despite a shaky defense, the Trail Blazers took a 27-17 lead as the first quarter came to an end. The Warriors had only shot 29% in the quarter.

We saw something that we rarely see from Golden State and that was two missed free throws from Curry in the second quarter. We also saw a tenacious Portland defense which was not at all expected.

As the quarter wore on the Portland defense begin to wear down under the constant Golden State offensive pressure. Curry had a great first half with 21 points, a Curry flurry if you will with four four three pointers. At the half Golden State had taken a 55-51 lead. Portland’s CJ McCollum finished the half with 18 points.

The Warriors completely turned the tables on the Trail Blazers in the third quarter. They went on a crazy run and led 98-77. Curry had 41 points in three quarters and would sit out the fourth quarter.

The Golden State bench sealed the blow-out in the fourth quarter 21-20. The Warrior bench finished off Portland with an incredible performance. Nemanja Bjelica, Damian Lee and Moses Moody all had great play off the bench. The Warriors had done something that they had never done and that was go undefeated in the pre-season.

Golden State opens up the regular season next Tuesday when the 2021- 2022 season gets underway. Golden State will be taking on the Los Angeles Lakers. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings feeling ready for opening night after coming off successful pre season

The Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James (6) takes a shot against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter of Thu Oct 14, 2021’s game at the Golden One Center in Sacramento (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Sacramento Kings (4-0) are rolling at least in pre season they were they had a perfect record of 4-0 Jeremiah is this an indication of things to come from what you’ve been seeing?

#2 On the other hand their opponent for last night the Los Angeles Lakers (0-6) took their sixth straight pre season loss not winning a single game in the pre season. Was this a matter of trying to find themselves or they just simply have no chemistry?

#3 Amongst the Lakers the veterans just seemed to not have enough throughout this pre season, LeBron, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, and Russell Westbrook with all that talent it’s got to be surprising the Lakers couldn’t get one win.

#4 The Kings on the other hand are getting some offense help from some of their players De’Aaron Fox, Terence Davis, Harrison Barnes, and Richaun Holmes talk about their contribution and what to look forward to going into the regular season.

#5 Jeremiah talk about the Kings opener on the road in Portland against the Trailblazers the Kings have that good feeling coming off a successful pre season.

Join Jeremiah for the Kings podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kings have a perfect ending to their pre season defeat Lakers 116-112

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings Davion Mitchell throws down against the Los Angeles Kings in the final pre season game at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Thu Oct 14, 2021 (photo from sbnation.com)

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Thursday night playing in their last preseason game of 2021. The Kings were undefeated coming into the game having beat the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, and Portland Trailblazers. Coming into town on Thursday was the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James was set to play in the final tuneup before the season. Tip off was set for 7 PM PST. However before we dive into the action let’s bring you up to speed on the last game.

Flashback Monday: On Monday the Kings continued their undefeated preseason by beating the Portland Trailblazers by the final of 107-93. The Kings were led in the game by impressive play from Davion Mitchell who scored 20 points.

Thursday night recap: Tip off was set in Sacramento at 7 PM PST against the Lakers.

In the first quarter, the Kings dominated the Lakers. The Kings out up an offensive outbursts of 35 points against an older Lakers defense. The Lakers, managed to put up only 23 points against the Kings as the Kings improved defense took center stage. Harrison Barnes led the Kings with eight first quarter points.

In the second quarter, the Kings didn’t fare as well. The Lakers managed to outscore the Kings 42-36 in the second quarter. The Kings offense remained in high gear, but the defense slipped as the Lakers put up a massive number. The game would go into halftime with the Kings leading 71-66. LeBron James led the Lakers in the first half with 19 points as Harrison Barnes led the Kings by scoring 15. The Kings would hope to contain the Lakers in the second half to remain undefeated in preseason.

In the third quarter, both teams cooled down. The Lakers outscored the Kings by one point scoring 22 points. The Kings only managed 21 points as the offense slowed. The Kings would maintain a lead going into the fourth quarter 92-87. The question was if they could hold the lead against the Lakers.

In the fourth quarter, both teams traded buckets. The Kings were once again outscored but only 25-24 as the Kings would hold on and go undefeated in the preseason. The Kings played a promising final game however the defense faltered late. The Kings will look to tighten that up in practice before the start of the season. The Kings were led in victory by De’Aaron Fox who scored 21 points. The Lakers were led by none other than LeBron James who scored 30 points.

Up Next: The Kings will begin the regular season on Wednesday, October 20th against the Portland Trailblazers in Portland at 7 PM PST.

Kings win preseason game in Portland 107-93

Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) tries to get control of the ball as he’s defended by the Portland Trailblazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) at Monda Center in Portland on Mon Oct 11, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Monday, October 11, 2021

With Davion Mitchell, Terence Davis and Harrison Barnes providing the offensive firepower, the Sacramento Kings emerged with a 107-93 NBA exhibition victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter.

The Kings (2-0) jumped to a 25-17 lead after one quarter, extending that advantage to 55-48 at halftime. Sacramento scored 26 points in the third and fourth quarters.

Mitchell led the Kings with 20 points and four assists in 32 minutes. Davis netted 17 points off the bench, and Barnes had 16 points in 22 minutes. Chimezie Metu collected seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and nine points.

16 Kings players saw action in the contest; with Marvin Bagley III, Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson all held out by coach’s decision.

Guard Anfernee Simons led the Blazers (0-1) with 24 points, followed by Dennis Smith Jr. with 18 points (and seven assists) and 10 points by Marquese Chriss. Greg Brown III led Portland with nine rebounds off the bench, followed by eight boards from Jusuf Nurkic.

The Trail Blazers used 11 players, with Robert Covington and Damian Lillard held out for rest. Portland had six players inactive for the game due to injury or illness.

Sacramento plays one more exhibition game in Portland on Wednesday, Oct. 20, before returning home on Friday, Oct. 22, for its regular season home opener at Golden 1 Center against the Utah Jazz.