Instant Analysis: Kings flat-footed on offense results in loss to Raptors
SACRAMENTO -- Streak snapped. The Sacramento Kings came into Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors winners of four straight against the team from the North. Despite plenty of chances, the Kings couldn’t extend the run in the matinee affair at Golden 1 Center.
With their veterans firing on all cylinders, the Raptors got off to a fast start. Sacramento fought back on more than one occasion, but Toronto made plays when it mattered to come away with the 102-87 victory over the Kings.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
The veteran core of DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka were too much for the Kings to handle. DeRozan scored a game-high 25 points and dished out nine assists. Lowry struggled with his shot, but still managed to score 15 points, hand out six assists and grab 12 rebounds. Ibaka hit 4-of-7 from downtown to finish with 20 as the Raptors picked up their 17th win of the season.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Buddy Hield has found a home as the Kings microwave off the bench. Against the Raptors, Hield hit his first six shots and finished the day with 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Since moving to the second unit 17 games ago, the second-year wing is shooting nearly 60 percent from long range.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Zach Randolph continued his torrid week, scoring 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and chipped in 11 rebounds in the loss. He brings his lunch pail to work everyday.
This game was almost over in the first quarter. Toronto got off to a hot start, scoring the first 14 points of the game. Sacramento’s bench came to the rescue once again, pushing the tempo and hitting 3-pointers to get the Kings back in the game.
TURNING POINT II
Sacramento cut Toronto’s lead to seven inside of four minutes, but the experience of the Raptors won out down the stretch.
Willie Cauley-Stein missed his third straight game of the season due to a lower back strain, but he is expected back very soon. Veteran George Hill is away from the team dealing with a personal issue. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
The Kings continue their short homestand Tuesday evening when the Phoenix Suns come through Golden 1 Center. They hit the road again on Thursday when they start a four-game trip in Minnesota against the Timberwolves.