Instant Analysis: After slow start, Kings roar back, stun OKC to end skid
Kings snap seven-game skid
SACRAMENTO -- After an ominous beginning, the Sacramento Kings shook off a horrific start to make it a ballgame. First it was Buddy Hield with a Herculean effort in the first half to stop a route. Then Zach Randolph showed up in the third.
Sacramento took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter, but the Thunder came charging back to cut it to one. Randolph and Hield kept the Kings ship moving forward, giving the Sacramento just enough to come away with the 94-86 victory and snap their seven-game losing streak.
Turn the sprinklers on, Buddy Hield is on fire. With the starters throwing up bricks, the second-year guard went off for 15 of his team-high 21 points in the first half. If it wasn’t for Buddy-Buckets, this game was over before it started.
STANDOUT PERFORMER PART 2
Randolph hasn’t had a lot of moments in his first 10 games with the Kings, but he had one Tuesday night at Golden 1 Center. The 36-year-old took the ball into the chest of big man Steven Adams and came away with 12 points in the third quarter. Old school grit and grind from the vet who finished the night with 18 points and eight rebounds.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
According to Elias via the Kings, Sacramento set a record by having their bench score 29 before the starters put in a single bucket. The previous record was 23 points by the Bucks bench on April 5, 2011.
After an absolutely atrocious first quarter where the Kings scored just 10 points, the home team recovered in the second to outscore the Thunder 32-16 and take a one point lead into the half. Sacramento pushed their lead to as many as 12 in the third quarter riding Randolph. OKC made it close down the stretch, but the Kings figured out a way to pull one out and improve to 2-8 on the season.
Kosta Koufos went to the locker room in the fourth quarter with a cut over his left eye, but he did not need stitches to close the wound. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
The Kings return to their home court Thursday to take on the Philadelphia 76ers before heading back out on the road. They’ll start their third three-game road trip of the season Saturday in New York against the Knicks.