Instant Replay: Kings overcome another slow start, charge past Hawks for win

Instant Replay: Kings overcome another slow start, charge past Hawks for win


SACRAMENTO -- The flat and the furious. The Sacramento Kings came out of the gate with a major lack of energy and the Atlanta Hawks punished them early. Trailing by as many as 22 on their home floor, the Kings rallied late to make it a game and the crowd carried them to a stunning 108-107 come from behind win.

Ben McLemore was a huge bright spot for the Kings. The fourth-year guard knocked down 6-for-10 from long range on his way to a season-high 22 points and nine rebounds. Since rejoining the rotation six games ago, McLemore has looked confident and ready to contribute.  

The Kings came in short-handed at the point guard spot, leaving Darren Collison to shoulder most of the load. Collison aggressively attacked the Hawks guards, scoring 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting in 44 minutes of action. His game winner nearly blew the roof off of Golden 1 Center.

DeMarcus Cousins couldn’t buy a bucket for most of the night, but he still nearly dropped in a triple-double. Cousins shot 6-for-17 from the field for 22 points and added 11 rebounds and seven assists in the loss. He also turned the ball over nine times, but his team picked up a huge win.

Anthony Tolliver knocked down 5-of-7 from distance for 15 points and Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in nine points and four rebounds.

With all eyes focused on others, Tim Hardaway Jr. got hot. The 24-year-old wing scored 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting, including three makes from deep.

All-Star forward Paul Millsap torchered the Kings from start to finish. The veteran big dropped in 25 points and grabbed six rebounds for the playoff-bound Hawks.

Point guard Dennis Schroder added 20 points and six assists, while big man Dwight Howard fished the night with six points and 11 rebounds before fouling out.


McLemore is like a new man. With injuries piling up, the high-flying shooting guard has responded to the challenge.


Cousins gave the Kings a 106-105 lead with 20.8 seconds remaining, but Millsap answered on the other end to put the Hawks back up with 7.9 remaining. Collison attacked the rim to give Sacramento a lead with 3.5 seconds and the Kings got the stop to win it.


Ty Lawson missed Friday’s game with a strained left adductor muscle. Garrett Temple is out until after the All-Star break with a torn left hamstring. Omri Casspi missed his 14th straight contest with a right plantaris tendon strain. Rudy Gay is out for the season with a torn left Achilles.


The Kings return to Golden 1 Center Sunday to host the New Orleans Pelicans to finish the six-game homestand. They finish up their pre-All-Star break schedule with back-to-back road games against the Lakers and Warriors on Tuesday and Wednesday.

De'Aaron Fox and the Kings seek revenge on the Hawks in Sacramento


De'Aaron Fox and the Kings seek revenge on the Hawks in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO -- The countdown has begun. The Sacramento Kings host the Atlanta Hawks Thursday evening in game 73 of the regular season. With just 10 games remaining on the schedule, the Kings are in full evaluation mode.

Sacramento is coming off a sub-par showing against the Detroit Pistons. Buddy Hield posted his fourth straight 20-point game and De’Aaron Fox added 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting, but the Kings lost by 16.

The Hawks sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but they are coming off a shocking win over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday. Dennis Schroder dropped in a season-high 41 points to help Atlanta snap their six-game losing streak.


Kings by 1.5


De’Aaron Fox vs. Dennis Schroder --  Fox is one of the fastest players in the league, but Schroder is no slouch. The Kings’ rookie point guard played sparingly the last time these two teams faced off, but it’s his show now in Sacramento. Schroder is coming off a big performance in the Hawks win over the Jazz on Tuesday. He plays with a force that Fox hasn’t quite figured out yet. It’s speed vs. speed. 


Kings: 23-49, fourth place in Pacific

Hawks: 21-50, fifth place in Southeast


Kings: SG Bogdan Bogdanovic (sore hamstring) probable, SG/SF Garrett Temple (ankle sprain) out, PF Zach Randolph (gastroenteritis) questionable, SF Iman Shumpert (knee/plantar fasciitis) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season.

Hawks: SG Kent Bazemore (knee) out, SF DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal strain) out, PF John Collins (ankle) out, G Jaylen Morris (ankle) out, G Antonius Cleveland (ankle) out, G Malcolm Delaney (ankle) out.


Ten Games to Make a Lasting Impression -- The Kings’ young core is getting an opportunity to show what they have. A couple of players are jumping off the page in the post All-Star break schedule and a few are fading. The team is evaluating what they have and what they need for the upcoming summer.  

Play Hard -- Atlanta lacks talent, but they don’t lack heart. Mike Budenholzer teams come to play, which Utah just found out the hard way. The Kings had an active practice on Wednesday. Hopefully that carries over to Thursday night’s game. 

Revenge Game -- Dave Joerger’s group got their lunch money stolen the last time they faced the Hawks. The 46-point drubbing was the worst loss of the year for Sacramento. Atlanta comes in short-handed and with a 21-50 record, but they are still capable. The Kings need show up and get a little payback.  


Atlanta torched the Kings in their early season matchup, running over the Kings for a 126-80 win at Philips Arena. The Hawks hold a 159-154 advantage all-time over the the Kings and lead the series 43-18 during the Sacramento-era.

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.