Kings send Jerry Reynolds out in style with win over Rockets
A fitting end
SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings received very little resistance from the Houston Rockets Wednesday evening. They jumped on the shorthanded Rockets early and ran away with a 96-83 win.
Willie Cauley-Stein and Buddy Hield led the way with big scoring numbers. JaKarr Sampson brought the energy, Jack Cooley knocked heads and De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic stuffed the stat sheet. It was a team effort to pick up the team’s 27th win of the season.
Gerald Green led the way with 31 points for Houston, but the top team in the Western Conference shut down their stars and fielded a squad of no-namers.
Basketball took a backseat Wednesday night to the emotional goodbye for long time color analyst, Jerry Reynolds. In the mid-second quarter, the team ran a tribute video on the digital boards around the arena, celebrating Reynolds’ 20-plus years as a broadcaster and 33-year career with the franchise. Reynolds is taking a step back, but intends to work radio and television pre and post game shows next season.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Cauley-Stein finished off the season the right way. With Houston lacking size in the post, the third-year big went for 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in the win. The 7-footer posted double-figure scoring the final nine games of the season for Sacramento.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Hield came to play the entire second half of the season. Coming into the finale, Hield had posted 15.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game since the All-Star break. He finished game 82 with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists as the Kings picked up the victory.
The Rockets decided to sit most of their team against Sacramento, including their four leading scorers in James Harden, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon and Clint Capela. Most of those players didn’t even come out onto the floor until halftime when Vanilla Ice performed. This game was over early.
Garrett Temple, Skal Labissiere and Frank Mason all miss the game due to injury. Iman Shumpert has yet to suit up for Sacramento due to knee rehab and plantar fasciitis and Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The 2017-18 Sacramento Kings season is officially over.