Instant Replay: Kings melt down, squander game in Philly


Instant Replay: Kings melt down, squander game in Philly


Collapse. The Sacramento Kings looked like world beaters in the first quarter Monday night in Philadelphia and then it all fell apart. The 76ers attacked the offensive glass and hit their shots late as they erased a 16-point first half lead to take down the Kings by a final of 122-119.

Defensive specialist Robert Covington made the Kings pay. The four-year NBA vet scored a team-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Jahlil Okafor started for the injured Joel Embiid and impressed. Okafor dropped in 15 points on 5-for-11 shooting and grabbed four rebounds.

Philly’s backcourt put up big numbers. Former Kings first round pick Nik Stauskas hit 4-for-6 from long range for 16 points, while T.J. McConnell scored nine points and dished out 11 assists.

Rookie Dario Saric added 17 points, six assists and five rebounds. Veteran Gerald Henderson hit 7-of-8 from the line for 15 points and Nerlens Noel scored 12 on 5-of-5 shooting.

DeMarcus Cousins dominated the action early, scoring 18 points in the first nine minutes of the first quarter. The All-Star big finished the night with 46 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, but his game-high eight turnovers hurt the Kings and he wasn’t around to finish the game after picking up his sixth foul.

When Cousins went to the bench, Willie Cauley-Stein put on a show. The second-year big has clearly found his niche playing with veteran Ty Lawson in the second unit. In 20 minutes of action, the 7-footer dropped in 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting while adding three rebounds.  

The point guards had a quiet offensive night. Darren Collison got it going in the third quarter to finish with eight points on 3-for-7 shooting and Lawson scored four points and handed out nine assists off the bench.

Matt Barnes hit 4-for-7 from long range for 16 points, while Garrett Temple scored seven points and got his teammates involved with five assists.

Philly had no answer for Cousins. The reigning Western Conference Player of the Week ran over the Sixers from the opening tip before fouling out in the final two minutes of the game. The Kings lost, but there was no question who the best player on the floor was.

The Kings were the aggressors from the opening tip, but they let up and Philly made a game of it. The Sixers outscored the Kings 42-30 in the third to take a five point lead into the fourth. Sacramento’s second unit got them back in it to start the fourth, but three games in four nights seemed to take it’s toll. Arron Afflalo had a wide open look to tie it at the buzzer, but found iron.

Omri Casspi missed his ninth straight contest with right a plantaris tendon strain. At the time of his injury two weeks ago, Casspi was expected to miss 1-2 weeks. The team updated his status during the Sixers game, extending out the timeline on his return for at least one more week. Rudy Gay is out for the season with a torn left Achilles.

The Kings travel to Houston where they will finish off their season-long eight-game road trip against the Rockets. Following the game, the Kings will board a plane to Sacramento where they play a rare home back-to-back on Friday and Saturday.


Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.