Instant Replay: Kings can't finish after rallying on road against Knicks

Instant Replay: Kings can't finish after rallying on road against Knicks


It looked like the game was over before it even started. Someone put a lid on the Sacramento Kings basket in the first half Sunday night at Madison Square Garden and the result was a miserable 14-of-49 from the field before the break and a huge deficit.

But then the Kings came charging back. Riding big second half performances from DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, the Kings nearly erased a 21-point lead. In the end, Sacramento’s slow start was just too much to overcome and they fell to the Knicks by a final of 106-98. 

Derrick Rose turned back the clock. The veteran point guard found another gear on his way to 20 points, six assists and five rebounds. 

With Rose breaking the Kings down, Carmelo Anthony found open shots all over the floor. He finished with 19 points, but shot just 8-for-20 from the field. 

7-foot-3 big man Kristaps Porzingis started 1-of-10 from the field, but still managed to drop in 15 points and grab 14 rebounds. Brandon Jenning chipped in 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting off the bench.

Cousins was the only one who could hit a shot early for the Kings and even he wasn’t efficient. The Kings All-Star big finished the night with a game-high 36 points on 9-for-30 shooting. He added 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in the loss. 

Gay shook off a slow start and got it going in the third. Like Cousins, Gay stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. 

Darren Collison added 13 points and six assists in 38 minutes of action. Kosta Koufos couldn’t buy a basket, but still managed to wrangle 11 rebounds. 

Willie Cauley-Stein and Omri Casspi played big minutes in the third as the Kings wiped out the Knicks' lead. Cauley-Stein scored nine points on 4-for-7 shooting and Casspi chipped in six points and three rebounds.


Rose attacked the Kings from the opening tip. He may not be the same player that won the 2011 NBA MVP award, but he can still play at a high level. 


The Kings were left for dead after the first 24 minutes of action, but they outscored New York 36-26 in the third to make it a game. They made close in the fourth, but once again, they didn’t have the legs to finish the comeback.  


Sacramento continues to avoid the injury bug. They traveled 12 healthy players on their five-game road trip, with their three first rounders staying back with the Reno Bighorns. All 12 are available for Wednesday’s game in Dallas.


Sacramento finishes their road trip on Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks. They return home where they’ll face the New York Knicks for a second time this week on Friday evening.

After upsetting Warriors, Kings battle schedule with fifth game in seven days


After upsetting Warriors, Kings battle schedule with fifth game in seven days

No break. After a surprising win Friday night on the road over the Warriors, the Kings hopped a flight to Utah where they’ll face the Jazz on the second night of a back-to-back Saturday evening. 

Buddy Hield came out firing off the Kings bench against Golden State, scoring 22 points on 5-of-10 shooting from long range. The shooting guard added seven rebounds and seven assists in one of his more complete games of the season.

Utah is in a fight for playoff position. They are currently tied with the Spurs for the seventh spot in the Western Conference chase, just a half game behind the Pelicans for the six seed. The Jazz have won eight straight and 20 of their last 22 games. 


Jazz by 15.5


Kings vs. The Pick-and-Roll -- Utah is one of the better pick-and-roll teams in the league. Rookie Donovan Mitchell is explosive and patient at the guard position and Rudy Gobert is a monster rolling to the rack. The Jazz have shooters all around the perimeter waiting for the kick out. This is a very good team playing at an elite level right now.


Kings: 23-47, fourth place in Pacific

Jazz: 39-30, fourth place in Northwest


Kings: SG/SF Iman Shumpert (plantar fasciitis) out, F Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season.

Jazz: PG Ricky Rubio (knee) probable, C Tony Bradley (concussion) questionable, PG Raul Neto (wrist) out, SF Thabo Sefolosha (knee) out.


Rookie Watch -- Mitchell has been spectacular this season for Jazz. The Kings will combat the high-flying rookie with a pair of first-year guards of their own in Fox and Bogdanovic. It’s not often that a player comes into the league and makes an impact on a franchise like Mitchell has in his first NBA season.

The Gobstopper -- Gobert is a monster in the post. He plays the pick-and-roll to perfection with Mitchell and he is an absolute force on the defensive end. Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos will have to make his work on both ends of the court if the Kings have a chance of upsetting the Jazz. 

Put up a Fight -- This is the fifth game in seven nights for the Kings. It’s also a brutal back-to-back, with less than 24 hours between games. The key to this game is to escape with the team’s health intact, but it would be nice if they could make a strong showing in a difficult situation.


The Jazz hold a 2-0 advantage in the season series and they’ve won four straight over the Kings. Utah leads the all-time series 104-82 and holds a 81-49 advantage during the Sacramento-era.

Bogdanovic, Kings look to beat Warriors at Oracle for second time this season


Bogdanovic, Kings look to beat Warriors at Oracle for second time this season

No rest for the weary. The Kings hit game four of their five games in seven nights stretch. They’ll draw a beat up, but dangerous Golden State Warriors team Friday night at Oracle Arena.

Sacramento is coming off a wild overtime win against the playoff bound Miami Heat on Wednesday. De’Aaron Fox hit a floater as time expired to push the game to overtime and fellow rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic drilled a late 3-pointer to put the game away late in the extra session.

Golden State trails the Houston Rockets by two games for the top overall seed in the Western Conference playoff chase. They’ve already clinched another Pacific division title, but they are at risk for missing out on the top seed. Every game counts as they hit the stretch run.


Warriors by 12


Willie Cauley-Stein vs. Zaza Pachulia -- It might not be the matchup people bought tickets to see, but it’s the matchup they’re going to get. With the Warriors banged up, Pachulia has stepped up and filled a valuable role in the middle. He’s strong as an ox and does all the dirty work. Cauley-Stein is getting his legs back under him after missing 10 days with a back strain. He’s improved in year four, but still needs to work on his consistency.  


Kings: 22-47, fourth place in Pacific

Warriors: 52-16, first place in Pacific


Kings: PF Skal Labissiere (hip contusion) questionable, SF/SG Iman Shumpert (knee rehab/plantar fasciitis) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out until January.

Warriors: PF Jordan Bell (ankle) probable, PG Quinn Cook (hand contusion) probable, PF David West (arm cyst) probable, SF Kevin Durant (ribs soreness) out, PG Steph Curry (ankle) out, SG Klay Thompson (thumb) out, SG Patrick McGaw (wrist) out.


Wounded Warriors -- Golden State will play without three of their four All-Stars. The Kings took advantage of the Warriors early in the season when they were the similar situation of missing All-Stars. Sacramento needs to stay the course and continue to play with effort as they finish the schedule, regardless of who suits up for their opponent.

Big Moments -- If there is one thing that stands out in the 2017-18 season for Sacramento, it’s the clutch plays by the young players. Fox has four shots in his rookie season that either won or tied a game in the final seconds. Bogdanovic, Skal Labissiere and Buddy Hield have come through with big shots as well.  

Come Out Firing -- The best way to beat the Warriors is to make them work for their shots. The best way to make them work for their shots is to score baskets and set up the defense. If the Kings can put up an efficient offensive night, they have a shot of dethroning the shorthanded champs.


The Kings and Warriors are all knotted at one game apiece in the season series. Golden State holds a 201-187 lead in the all-time series and a 73-66 advantage during the Sacramento-era.