photo from sacbee.com: Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) trots back for defense after scoring a three-pointer against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of their NBA game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento
By Jeremiah Salmonson
SACRAMENTO–The Kings played well just a day prior to Saturday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Kings beat the Miami Heat on Friday night by a final of 105-97. On Saturday, the Kings looked to build on that victory as Greg Popovich and the Spurs came to town. The Tip-off was set for seven PM PST in Sacramento.
In the first, The Kings went toe to toe with the Spurs. The Kings put up 24 points compared to the Spurs 23. The hot hand for the Kings early appeared to be the three-ball. The Kings shot 42% from deep in the first to help lead them to an early lead. Leading the way was Buddy Hield for the Kings with seven points and Derrick White for the Spurs with six points.
In the second, the Kings managed to maintain a slim lead thanks to Nemanja Bjelica and Kent Bazemore who put up a combined 12 points. The King’s lead going into halftime would be three points at 52-49.
The Spurs were getting a great contribution from Dejounte Murray through the first half who had 12 points. For the Kings, Buddy Hield led the Kings with ten points in 15:01 minutes of action. The Kings shot 45.5% in the first half with the Spurs putting up a 46.7% clip.
In the third, the Spurs offense came to life but that couldn’t stop the Kings. The Kings had their best quarter of the game putting up 37 points compared to the Spurs 29. Harrison Barnes led the team out of the post putting up 13 points in the third quarter alone. The Kings would take a 89-78 lead into the final session.
In the fourth, the Kings continued to make the Spurs work. To make a long story short, DeMar DeRozan was ejected from the game after frustrations began to mount for the Spurs. Buddy Hield led the Kings as he went 9-10 from deep in the game and scored 31 points in total.
The Kings downed the Spurs 122-104. It was a great win for the Kings sweeping a back to back as they embark on a long stretch on the road. Harrison Barnes followed up the performance from Hield with a 25 point night for himself. Leading the way for the Spurs in defeat was Dejounte Murray with 17 points.
The Kings head on the road to take on Milwaukee on Monday.