Kings carved up by Terry Rozier, run out of gas in loss to Celtics
Celtics too much for Kings
SACRAMENTO -- Sunday started with an act of social activism by the Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics, but it didn’t take long for a basketball game to break out. In the end, the Celtics managed to pick up their 50th win of the season, overtaking the Kings on their home floor by a final of 104-93.
Terry Rozier led the way for Boston, but he was just one of four players to score in double-figures for the Celtics.
Buddy Hield continued his strong play of late for Sacramento, but he wasn’t alone. Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, Frank Mason and De’Aaron Fox all scored in double-figures as the Kings made the Celtics work for the win.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
No Kyrie? No problem. Rozier stepped into the role of lead guard and took over for Boston. He hit 8-of-12 from long range on his way to a game-high 33 points for Boston. The Celtics are going to need plenty of night’s like this from their reserve guard while Irving sits for the next 3-6 weeks.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Hield has found his rhythm. The second-year shooting guard continues to post up huge numbers as the season winds down. Sunday afternoon he finished the game with a team-high 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting and chipped in six rebounds.
The Kings hung around until late against a very good Celtics team. In the end, Rozier was too much to handle and Sacramento couldn’t keep up.
Garrett Temple (left ankle sprain) missed the game and Zach Randolph sat out as a healthy scratch. Iman Shumpert continues to miss games with knee rehab and plantar fasciitis. Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings return to Golden 1 Center Tuesday to face the Dallas Mavericks as the continue their six-game homestand. They’ll host the Indiana Pacers on Thursday and the Golden State Warriors on Saturday before heading back out on the road to start April.