Sacramento's young core soars sky high, Kings end losing streak
Young Kings show skills
SACRAMENTO -- The losing streak is over. After dropping three straight at Golden 1 Center, the short-handed Sacramento Kings outplayed the Denver Nuggets Saturday evening for the 106-98 victory.
With George Hill and Zach Randolph out, Willie Cauley-Stein anchored the defense and rookie De’Aaron Fox put up big numbers for the second straight game.
Playing for the third time in four nights, Denver looked tired. Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles and Will Barton kept the Nuggets close, but the Kings used their fresh legs to come away with the win.
Cauley-Stein was active on both ends of the court from the opening minute of the game. His teammates found him for highlight reel dunks and he was a disruptive force on defense. The third-year big finished the night with 17 points, four rebounds and a career-best seven steals.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
With George Hill out of action, it was Fox’s show. The rookie point guard played aggressive on both ends of the court for Dave Joerger, finishing the night with 18 points and seven assists in 36 minutes of action. Since returning from injury, Fox has been a different player.
Bogdan Bogdanovic flipped a pass to Kosta Koufos under the basket for a two-handed dunk to finish the third quarter and give the Kings a 78-71 advantage. Vince Carter drilled two jumpers to open the fourth to push the Sacramento lead to 13. The Nuggets made it a game late, but Carter drained another 3-pointer with under three minutes remaining to put the game away.
Zach Randolph missed the game after undergoing oral surgery. George Hill is away from the team (personal). Frank Mason III is out with a right heel contusion. Harry Giles is out due to bilateral knee rehab and the team has yet to update his status moving forward.
The Kings finish their six-game homestand with the San Antonio Spurs on Monday evening. They’ll fly to Los Angeles following the game to play the Lakers on the second night of a back-to-back.