Buddy Hield's big night wasted, Kings' streak snapped by Spurs
NICE WHILE IT LASTED
SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings hosted the San Antonio Spurs Saturday evening at Golden 1 Center. They hung around with the veteran team through three quarters, but their inability to get stops down the stretch doomed the Kings in the 108-99 loss.
San Antonio shot over 50 percent from the field and turned the ball over just eight times. They’re bigs controlled the paint and their guards attacked the center of the Kings’ defense.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Buddy Hield spent the last 22 games coming off the bench for Sacramento, but on Saturday evening he got the start and blew up. The second-year shooting guard went off for 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field. He tied his career-high with eight rebounds and kept the Kings within striking distance for much of the night.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol put on a clinic. Aldridge started raining down mid-range jumpers from the opening tip and never seemed to stop. He finished the night with a game-high 29 points and chipped in 10 rebounds. Gasol was questionable to start the day. He showed up and dropped a triple-double against Sacramento. The 37-year-old future Hall of Famer finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the San Antonio win.
The Kings kept it close through the early fourth quarter, but they weren’t able to chip into the Spurs lead late. A 10-point lead for San Antonio feels more like 20.
De’Aaron Fox is sidelined for the next two weeks with a slight tear of the right quadricep muscle.. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
Following the Christmas holiday, the Kings venture to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers on the first night of a back-to-back. They’ll fly home to face the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center.