Instant Replay: Kings' epic comeback attempt falls short in loss to Bulls

Instant Replay: Kings' epic comeback attempt falls short in loss to Bulls


It’s an old story in Sacramento. Fall behind big early. Fight to get back in the game. Stumble down the stretch. We’ve seen it time and time again like a tape put on loop.

The formula played out again Monday night at Golden 1 Center. Fresh off a tremendous victory over the Golden State Warriors, the Kings came out flat against the Chicago Bulls and trailed by as many as 27. They recovered late, tying the game in the final minute, but the damage was done as they fell by a final of 112-107.

Future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade abused the Kings’ guards, turning back the clock for 31 points on 12-for-18 shooting. Arron Afflalo will see Wade’s fallaway jumper in his nightmares when his head hits the pillow after this one.

Michael Carter-Williams came up huge for Chicago. The fourth-year vet scored all 15 of his 21 points in the first half as the Bulls built their big lead.

Robin Lopez added 17 points and six rebounds. Taj Gibson chipped in 13 points before fouling out late and Jerian Grant dropped in 13 points as the Bulls improved to 26-26 on the season.

Ty Lawson added a much needed spark for the Kings. The pint-sized point guard attacked the Bulls and set up his teammates. He finished the night with 22 points and seven assists, but his impact went well beyond the numbers.

Demarcus Cousins dropped 42 points and 14 rebounds the last time these two teams met. No such luck on Monday night. Sacramento’s All-Star big struggled to get his footing, scoring just 18 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. He picked up his second technical of the night in the waning moments of the game, giving him on the season.

Matt Barnes scored 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out five assists off Dave Joerger’s bench.

Darren Collison added 14 points and five assists, while Kosta Koufos finished with 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting.


Wade was spectacular in his 27 minutes of action. He may not be the say player he once was, but he can still hit the fallaway jumper and come up with the clutch basket.


This game looked was over in the first quarter. Sacramento made a late run, but Wade knocked down a  jumper late to give the Bulls a lead late. His steal on the inbounds sealed the deal.


Garrett Temple (torn left hamstring) and Omri Casspi (right a plantaris tendon strain) are both out until after the All-Star break. Rudy Gay is out for the season with a torn left Achilles.


The Kings continue their six-game homestand Wednesday when Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics roll into town.

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.