Kings play sour tune in loss to Jazz, losing streak reaches six
SACRAMENTO -- No one said it was going to be pretty. When the Sacramento Kings decided to go young, they did so with the understanding that some nights the brand of basketball would be tough to stomach. Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center was one of those games.
In a battle of two struggling teams, it was the Utah Jazz that found a rhythm first. Riding the hot shooting of Rodney Hood and the highlight reel dunks of rookie Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz sent Sacramento to their sixth straight loss, this time by a final of 120-105.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, George Hill and Willie Cauley-Stein put up numbers, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
Mitchell is going to make a run at the Rookie of the Year trophy. Taken with the 13th overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, the highflying guard is making plenty of NBA executives rethink their lottery selections. He played the passing lanes and put on a show, finishing with 34 points, three assists and three steals in the Jazz win.
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Hood can shoot. If the Kings didn’t know that before, they do now. Sacramento left the small forward wide open and he burned them for 25 points on 4-for-9 shooting from behind the arc.
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Bogdan Bogdanovic was a bright spot for Sacramento. The rookie wing caught fire in the third quarter to keep Sacramento from getting completely blown out. He hit 6-for-6 from behind the arc to finish with a career-high 25 points to go with six rebounds in the loss.
Utah led 52-42 at the half and then they hit the Kings hard to start the third quarter. Mitchell and Joe Ingles started the scoring barrage and Rodney Hood picked up where he left off in the first half. By the start of the fourth quarter, the game was all but decided.
Vince Carter and Garrett Temple sat out as healthy scratches against the Jazz. Skal Labissiere missed the game with a left shoulder strain. Frank Mason III is out another 2-4 weeks with a partial tear of the right plantar fascia. Harry Giles is out due to bilateral knee rehab.
The Kings hit the road for a season-long six game road trip beginning Friday in Memphis against the Grizzlies. They’ll hit Charlotte, Orlando, Miami, San Antonio and New Orleans before returning home Feb. 2 to face the Golden State Warriors.