Instant Analysis: Bogdanovic's big game wasted in Kings' loss to Raptors
18 FROM BOGI NOT ENOUGH
We The North for the win. The shorthanded Sacramento Kings hung with one of the best in the Eastern Conference for three quarters, but couldn’t keep their offense going late. Toronto’s second unit gave them a huge lift and the starters finished off the Kings late for the 108-93 victory at the Air Canada Centre.
Sacramento outshot Toronto and received big contributions from multiple players, but six Raptors scored in double-figures, including a team-high 21 from All-Star DeMar DeRozan.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Bogdan Bogdanovic is finding his way. The rookie out of Serbia went to work against a quality Raptors team, scoring a 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting, including four makes from long range. He added five assists and a steal in 28 minutes of action.
In perhaps his last game in Toronto, 20-year NBA veteran Vince Carter started and played 25 minutes against his former team. He received a standing ovation from the Raptors crowd when he left the game in the final minute.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Garrett Temple came out aggressive on the offensive end to drop in 18 for Sacramento. On the defensive end, Temple helped keep DeRozan in check, holding the Raptor’s star to 6-of-17 shooting.
The second unit of the Raptors got loose in the late third quarter, hitting the Kings with a 9-0 run. Toronto took a 83-77 lead into the final quarter and then hit two 3-pointers to start the fourth to open a 12-point advantage and put the game away.
Bogdanovic finished the last two minutes of the game on the bench after taking a knee to the quad. De’Aaron Fox missed the first game of his career with a bruised quadricep that he suffered against the Timberwolves on Thursday. Veteran Zach Randolph sat out the game to rest. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
The Kings leave Toronto following the game and head to Philly where they’ll face the 76ers Tuesday evening on the first night of a back-to-back. They’ll finish the four game road trip Wednesday in Brooklyn before returning home to Golden 1 Center Saturday to play the San Antonio Spurs.