Spurs end five game skid and Kings four game win streak with 113-104 win

The San Antonio Spurs came up with a nine point victory over the Sacramento Kings on Fri May 7, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento (@spurs photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Friday night. They last played on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers. The Kings would look to keep their momentum going having four in a row. The kings and Spurs entered the game both vying for the 10th spot and to get into the play in tournament. The Spurs held the spot and were multiple games up on the Kings entering play. However, before we talk about Friday’s game let’s discuss the Kings against the Pacers.

Flashback Wednesday: The Kings played the Pacers on Wednesday and played one of the better games of the season. Sacramento’s defense held the Pacers to only 93 points as the Kings offense put up a cool 104. It was the Kings fourth win in a row as they looked to inch closer in the playoff race.

Friday night recap: The Kings were set to take on the conference standing rivals on Friday at 7PM PST in Sacramento.

In the first half, the Kings held their own. In the first quarter the Kings were outscored 25-21, but looked solid and San Antonio didn’t have a lot of momentum. In the second quarter, the Kings managed to outscore the Spurs 28-27 but it wasn’t enough to grab the lead going into halftime. The Kings entered halftime down 52-49. If the Kings would want to stay in the playoff hunt they would need to win in comeback fashion.

In the second half, the Kings started off well. They managed to outscore the Spurs in the third quarter 32-26 to grab the lead heading into the final quarter of play. However, the Spurs mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter out scoring the Kings 35-23. That would put the Spurs over the top and defeating the Kings 113-104 in Sacramento. The game most likely marked the end of any playoff hopes for the Kings as this was the team they desperately needed to make ground up on. Leading the way for the Kings in defeat was Terence Davis who scored 24 points. The Spurs were led in victory by DeMar DeRozan who had 25 points.

Up Next: The Kings will stay home to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night at 7 PM PST.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings bring in four game win streak/Spurs a five game losing streak for tonight’s game

Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox (5) is expected to be back tonight after spending two weeks on the Covid-19 protocols list (NBA Analysis Network file photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Sacramento Kings winners of seven of their last ten games and have won four straight a remarkable come back after losing nine straight games.

#2 The odds of the Kings making the post season not likely but when you consider the last seven wins and what they did to get them it seems like head coach Luke Walton had to rework the offense and defense.

#3 Marvin Bagley III led the way with 31 points in the Kings last game in Indiana. Bagley’s effort was key for the Kings win 104-93 against the Pacers.

#4 De’Aaron Fox whose been out for two weeks due to Covid-19 protocols is expected to return tonight against the San Antonio Spurs at the Golden One with the Kings playing the way they have been Fox would be another great addition to their charge.

#5 San Antonio head coach Gregg Poppovich is a competitor and as Walton knows he can be outsmarted too by Poppovich. The Spurs who are on a five game losing streak will be pushing hard to win this one tonight how do you see this match up as the Kings come in on a four game win streak?

Jeremiah does the Kings podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsrasdioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony Renteria: Kings recovery has been nothing short of amazing

The Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III takes the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers on Wed May 5, 2021 in Indianapolis. Bagley led the Kings in scoring with 31 points (@SacramentoKings photo)

On the Kings podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony ever since the Sacramento Kings (29-37) ended their nine game losing streak back on April 15th they have turned it around winning seven of their last ten and have won four straight games.

#2 Last night in Indianapolis they won their fourth straight game defeating the Indiana Pacers (30-35) 104-93 what’s been remarkable is with De’Aaron Fox out of the line up the team just seemed to jell and have had some great offensive games.

#3 Kings forward Marvin Bagley III last night against the Pacers led the team with 31 points and 12 rebounds he’s been leading this team in offense.

#4 Despite the Kings not going to the playoffs they’ve been putting in the work every night like their playoff live depend on it and they’ve been grinding it out these last six games.

#5 The San Antonio Spurs (31-34) are coming to Sacramento on Friday night the Kings hoping to string their fifth straight win the Kings have six games left of the season and want to make the best of each one of them.

Join Tony for the Kings podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings report: Royal Flush Kings win five out of last six; Sac beats Indiana 104-93 for four straight wins

Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III led the Kings in scoring with 31 points on Wed May 5, 2021 against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis (AP News photo)

by Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night. The Kings last played the day before on Tuesday in Oklahoma City. We will get to that game in a minute. However, on Wednesday night the Kings were able to beat the Indians Pacers on the road by the final of 104-93. Before we get into that game, let’s quickly discuss Tuesdays game in Oklahoma City.

Flashback Tuesday: The Kings went into Oklahoma City and played a solid game. They held the Thunder to 99 points and managed to eclipse the 100 point mark themselves. It was defense that won the Kings the game. He Kings beat the Thunder by the final of 103-99.

Wednesday Night Recap: The Kings were set to take on the Indiana Pacers at 5 PM PST on Wednesday night. It was the final game of the road trip for the Kings.

In the first half, the Kings handles the Pacers with ease. The first quarter saw the Kings outscore the Pacers 30-26 as Sacramento got out of the gate early. In the second quarter, it was good defense and more of the same on offense for the Kings. The Kings outscored the Pacers in the second quarter 26-21 to take a 56-47 lead into the intermission. The Kings would look to seal the deal in the second half of the game.

In the second half, the Kings remained solid! The third quarter saw the Kings outscore the Pacers again 29-21 as it appeared the Kings were on their way to victory. The Kings would finish the deal in the fourth quarter. Albeit, by being outscored 25-19 in the fourth quarter but the margin they had built held up in victory.

The Kings win was a great victory who were led by often injured center Marvin Bagley III. Marvin finished the game with 31 points and 12 rebounds. For the Pacers, they were led by Domantas Sabonis who scored 17 points in defeat.

Up Next: The Kings return home to take on the San Antonio Spurs at 7 PM PST in Sacramento

Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony Renteria: Kings playing well; Can they beat Lakers again?

Former Sacramento King Rudy Gay (22) of the San Antonio Spurs drives on the Kings Maurice Harkless (right) on Wed Mar 31, 2021 in San Antonio (AP News photo)

#1 The Kings (22-26) really had a great run winning five straight games until they ran into the San Antonio Spurs in their second game of the series to snap the win streak 120-106 on Wednesday night in San Antonio.

#2 The Kings struggled in the first half and that pretty much put them at a deficit, the Spurs head coach Gregg Poppovich always comes in with a game plan and worked it to avoid getting swept.

#3 The Spurs DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs in scoring with 26 points and five rebounds sometimes it’s hard to contain a player that’s making all the difference in a game. The Kings struggled to shut DeRozan down.

#4 The Kings De’Aaron Fox was Sacramento’s top scorer with 20 points, the Kings simply came up short with three players in double figures Delon Wright followed up with 16 and Buddy Hield with 14.

#5 The Kings will try and get back in the win column on Friday as they host the Los Angeles Kings at Golden One Center. The Lakers (30-18) have gone 6-6 in their last 12 games the Lakers lost to the Kings in their last meeting in a narrow game 123-120 on Mar 3rd at Golden One Center.

Join Tony Renteria for the Kings podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony Renteria Thu Apr 1, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings win streak ends at five; Spurs avoid 2 sweep win 120-106

The San Antonio Spurs DeMar DeRozan (10) takes the ball away from the Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox (5) in the second half of Wed Mar 31, 2021’s game in San Antonio (AP News photo)

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night. The Kings entered Wednesday after playing the San Antonio Spurs on Monday and getting a day off on Tuesday in Texas. On Wednesday, the Kings were back at it facing the Spurs for the second time in as many games. The Kings beat the Spurs on Monday but weren’t able to replicate the feat on Tuesday losing the game by a final of 120-106.

Flashback Monday: In the Kings last game, they also played the Spurs. They were able to defeat the Spurs by a final of 132-115. It was a strong showing for the Kings who have came out strong in the second half of the season after the All-Star break.

Wednesday recap: On Wednesday, the Kings were set to take on the San Antonio Spurs in Texas at 530 PM PST.

In the first half, the Spurs jumped out to an early lead. In the first quarter saw the Kings defense faltered as they allowed the Spurs to score 33 points compared to the Kings 27.

In the second quarter it was a similar outcome for the Kings. The Kings were outscored again by the Spurs 36-26 as the Spurs took a commanding 69-53 lead into the halfway mark of the game. The Kings would need to pick up the pace on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor to have any shot at a comeback.

In the second half, the Kings weren’t able to pull off the comeback. The third quarter saw the Kings outscore the Spurs for the first time in the game 29-28. However, that wouldn’t be nearly enough. It would take a massive fourth quarter to make a dent in the Spurs lead.

In the fourth, the Kings again outscored the Spurs but not by a 24-23 margin and the Kings fell in Texas 120-106. De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 20 points in defeat as the Spurs were led by DeMar DeRozan who had 26 points. The Kings would look to get back on track in their next game.

Up Next: The Kings will travel home to take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at 7 PM PST In Sacramento.

Kings Finish Off Spurs 132-115 For Fifth Win In a Row

Photo credit: seattletimes.com

By Barbara Mason

The Sacramento Kings have been playing some pretty good basketball lately and doing something that has been eluding them for some time and that is winning.  They have beaten the Cavaliers twice, the Warriors, and the Hawks for a four-game winning streak.  This is great news for the King’s going into a game against the San Antonio Spurs. 

The Kings are three games out of eighth place and tonight’s game against the Spurs is another winnable game for Sacramento.

The Spurs led at the close of the first quarter 31-27, but the Kings turned it on the second half making up the four-point deficit and outscoring the Spurs 41-29 in the second quarter. The Kings led at the half 68-60. The bench had a good half with Maurice Harkless turning in eight points after coming over to Sacramento. Harkless was one of three players coming to the Kings in trade.

At one time, Sacramento held a significant lead in the third quarter, but the Spurs began chipping away at that lead. At the end of the quarter, the Kings held a 97-91 lead. Sacramento would have one quarter to pull their game together and celebrate a fifth win in a row.

It was a nervous start to the fourth quarter for the Kings. The Spurs refused to go away staying within striking distance of Sacramento.  With eight minutes left in the final quarter, the Spurs had pulled to within three points of the Kings.  

San Antonio got very close in the fourth quarter but the King’s were able to finish this game extending their lead in the final four minutes of the game. The final score was 132-115.  

Sacramento got great work from their starters and their bench as well. Off the bench, Harkless had 13 points and Terence Davis with 14. As for the starters, all of them shot double digits with De’Aaron Fox shooting 24 points, Richaun Holmes with 23 points and Buddy Hield scoring 20 points. With the win, the Kings have now won five games in a row. It was a great offensive effort by Sacramento.

They will be facing the Spurs for game two on Wednesday March 31st. Tipoff is at 5:30 PM PT.  

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Warriors split series with Spurs: Host Magic Thursday

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) takes the ball past the San Antonio Spurs Keldon Johnson (3) on Tue Feb 9, 2021 in San Antonio (AP News photo)

On the Warrior podcast with David:

#1 The Warriors who lost to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night when Draymond Green took a shot with less than a second left in the fourth quarter didn’t go in when the plan called for him to pass the ball but on Tuesday night the Warriors got plenty of offense to beat the Spurs 114-91 at Chase Center in San Francisco.

#2 One of the keys to the win on Tuesday night for the Warriors was they were able to apply good defense on the Spurs in the fourth quarter as San Antonio was able to score only 21 points.

#3 The Warriors host the Orlando Magic on Thursday night. The Magic are struggling they’ve won only one game in their last six tries. They lost on Tuesday night to the Portland Trailblazers 106-97. Meanwhile the Warriors have won four of their last eight games coming into Thursday night’s contest.

Join Dave for the Warriors podcasts each Wednesday morning at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor Wed Feb 10, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Warriors bounce back beat Spurs 114-91; Curry top scorer with 32 points

The Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) drives for a score past the San Antonio Spurs Keldon Johnson (left) and Rudy Gay (right). Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 32 on Tue Feb 9, 2021 in San Antonio (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

Just one day after losing a tough one to the San Antonio Spurs, the Golden State Warriors got their act together to beat the Spurs 114-91.

The Warriors finished the road trip with a 2-2 record. They also snapped a two-game losing streak. The Warriors fell behind early in the first quarter. San Antonio led 19-13 as the Spurs defense was working.

Steph Curry kept the Warriors close with a couple of two-point buckets. Damion Lee drained a three to give the Warriors the lead 26-24. The Spurs came back to tie the game at 26. Curry put the Warriors ahead again to finish the quarter leading 28-26. Curry had 12 points to pace the Warriors.

The Spurs won the second quarter 24-22, and the first half ended with the teams tied at 50. Curry and Damion Lee led the Warrior attack with 16 and 11 points, respectively. DeMar DeRozan had ten for the Spurs.

The Warriors were playing well on defense. They held the Spurs to 38.4% from the floor. The Spurs were 14-for-14 from the free-throw line. The Warriors were nine-for-15 from the charity stripe.

The Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wanted his team to get the offense percolating early in the third quarter. The Warriors complied. They went on a 26-8 run to go ahead 76-58. They had the Spurs on their heels. They led by 20, 83-63.

The Spurs defense kept the Warriors off the board for the last two minutes and 15 seconds of the quarter. The Spurs trailed 86-70 with 12 minutes left in the game.

Kerr had the Warriors second unit on the floor to start the fourth quarter. Kerr was hoping he could keep Curry and Draymond Green on the bench until there were less than five minutes in the game. The second unit came through. Wiggins and Oubre were excellent on the defensive end of the court. The Spurs could not catch up. The Warriors won the second half 64-41 to win by 23 points 114-91.

Game Notes and Stats: The Warriors, with the win, are 13-12 for the year. The Spurs are 14-11. 

 Curry paced the Warriors with 32 points. Curry was 11-for 20 from the floor, and he was four-for-10 from downtown. The Warriors had five other players in double figures. Eric Paschall had 15, Andrew Wiggins, 14, Juan Toscano-Anderson, who had two points Monday night, knocked down 11, and pulled down eight rebounds. Kelly Oubre, Jr. finished the night with a double-double.

Oubre had 12 points and ten boards. Damion Lee had 11, and Kent Bazemore added ten. The Warriors shot 46.2% from the floor and were 17-for-40 from three-point range. The Warriors outrebounded the Spurs 58-53. The Warriors defense had eight steals, four blocks, and forced 14 turnovers. 

The Warriors committed 20 turnovers Monday night. They made coach Kerr very happy as they turned the ball over only ten times Tuesday night. 

Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 17 points. Trey Lyles had 15, Patty Mills and Keldon Johnson each had 13, and DeMar DeRozan finished with 12. The Warriors held the Spurs to 37.7% from the floor. 

The Warriors return home to face the Orlando Magic Thursday night at the Chase Center. The game will start at 7 pm.

Murray, DeRozan lead Spurs past Warriors 105-100

San Antonio Spurs Dejounte Murray (5) takes the ball up court as the Golden State Warriors Kelly Oubre Jr (left) in the first half on Mon Feb 8, 2021 at San Antonio (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Monday, February 8, 2021

San Antonio used a solid all-around game from Dejounte Murray and DeMar DeRozan to hold off the Golden State Warriors 105-100 Monday in San Antonio.

Murray finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals, and DeRozan had 21 points and 10 assists. Five of Murray’s steals came in the first half, and his eight thefts are a league high this season.

Stephen Curry poured in a game-high 32 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. was next with 24 points for the Warriors. Andrew Wiggins scored 11 points to go with four assists and two steals, and Draymond Green had seven points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Golden State. Juan Toscano-Anderson added eight points and 11 boards.

Curry finished 6 of 11 from behind the arc and had six assists.

The Warriors were without injured centers Kevon Looney and James Wiseman. Wiseman has missed four straight games with a sprained left wrist.

Golden State led 59-54 at halftime.

The Spurs took 101-97 lead on Murray’s 3-pointer with 12.6 seconds to play. Following a time out, Curry sank a 3, and DeRozan sank four free throws in the closing seconds.

Klay Thompson was in attendance. Thompson, expected to miss the entire season following right Achilles tendon surgery, wore a boot while sitting on the end of the Warriors’ bench.

The Spurs and Warriors meet again Tuesday night in San Antonio. On Thursday, the Warriors return home to host Orlando.