Programming note: Watch the re-air of the Kings’ victory over the San Antonio Spurs from Feb. 4, 2019 tonight at 6 p.m. PT on NBC Sports California.
To pass the time while the NBA figures out it’s next moves, NBC Sports California is bringing fans some of the best games from the last few seasons.
In our eighth installment, we go back to last season when the upstart Kings were riding high heading towards the NBA All-Star break.
While we know the final outcome, sometimes the details become murky over time. Here are five things to watch from the Kings’ 127-112 win over the San Antonio Spurs at Golden 1 Center.
Marvin Bagley has played in just 13 games this season, so it might be easy for some fans to forget how talented he is. This game is a reminder of the potential hiding in the 21-year-old power forward.
While Bagley already has posted a string of double-doubles, this was his breakout game. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft posted 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting to go with 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 31 minutes off the bench.
MARVIN BAGLEY ARE YOU SERIOUS pic.twitter.com/H3ObcaoY2q— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) February 5, 2019
Bagley came up huge on both ends of the court against veteran LaMarcus Aldridge and his four assists are a career-high.
Put them away early
The Kings have a bad habit of letting teams stick around in games, but not in this one. Sacramento got off to a fast start, dropping 37 points in the first quarter on the Spurs.
They let San Antonio back in during the second quarter, but still took a four-point lead into the break. In the third quarter, De’Aaron Fox put on the jets, scoring 11 of his 20 points.
What an end to the 3rd quarter 👀 pic.twitter.com/hE1edCeoCM— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) February 5, 2019
Fox played well enough in the third that coach Dave Joerger needed him for fewer than three minutes in the final frame.
In his first season with the Kings, Yogi Ferrell not only played spark plug off the bench, but he became a fan favorite. Against the Spurs, Ferrell was lights out.
"Yogi Ferrell is on fire!" pic.twitter.com/yM2Kwa7Lxj— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) February 5, 2019
Ferrell scored 19 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the field, including four makes from long range, in just 17 minutes off the bench.
Ferrell has seen his role reduced in Year 2 with the addition of Cory Joseph, but he has had a few moments here and there. When the Kings need a bump off the bench, he has the ability to score quickly.
Value the ball
The Kings played at a crazy pace during the 2018-19 season, but that didn’t mean they were sloppy with the ball. This game is a prime example of the team valuing the possession against a solid veteran club. Sacramento turned the ball over just eight times on the evening and posted a 26-to-8 assists to turnover ratio.
Sacramento was efficient in their offense, shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from behind the arc in the 15-point win.
Second team blows up
Bagley broke out, Ferrell was perfect from the field and Harry Giles and Bogdan Bogdanovic were solid as well. Overall, the Kings’ second unit was terrific in this game.
The Kings’ reserves dominated the Spurs, coming away with a 60-32 advantage in bench scoring. Those are numbers you would expect to see in a complete blowout, which this was not.
Bagley leading the break, Bogi with the finish! pic.twitter.com/8WzYGgAAsT— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) February 5, 2019
Sacramento’s bench ranked fifth in the league last season, averaging 42.7 points per game. They were solid all season long, but this game was over the top.