Instant Analysis: Kings go wire-to-wire, down Mavericks in Dallas
First win in the books
The Sacramento Kings are on the board. After falling in the opener, the Kings walked into Dallas and came away with their first victory of the 2017-18 season by a final of 93-88.
George Hill struggled with turnovers early, giving the ball away five times before the half. He recovered after the intermission to finish the night with 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting and five rebounds.
When Hill sat down, rookie De’Aaron Fox stepped in and went to work. The 19-year-old created for his teammates, dishing out 10 assists. He added nine points and six rebounds in 26 minutes of play.
After dropping 21 points and 10 rebounds in the opener, Willie Cauley-Stein went for his second straight double-double in the win. The Kings need the third-year center to show consistency and so far, he’s pieced together a couple of quality games.
Buddy Hield played big minutes for coach Dave Joerger and he responded with 13 points and six rebounds. Zach Randolph added 13 points and six rebounds, but struggled from the field and Garrett Temple chipped in eight points and two steals off the bench.
Harrison Barnes scored 24 points to lead Dallas. Dorian Finney-Smith chipped in 14 points on 3-of-4 from long range and J.J. Barea finished with nine points and 10 assists.
Hill came up huge with the game on the line. The veteran point guard’s 3-pointer inside of the last two minutes gave the Kings breathing room and helped them come away with their first win of the season.
Sacramento opened the fourth quarter with an 11-point lead. Dallas began the quarter on a 12-0 run to put the Kings on their heals. The Kings recovered to retake the lead and Hill helped put the Mavericks away with a huge 3-pointer late.
Zach Randolph made his debut with the Kings after missing Wednesday’s opener following a root canal. The veteran big finished with - points on -for- shooting and added - rebounds. Rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle.
Following the game, the Kings hopped a plane for Denver where they’ll face Michael Malone and his high-scoring Nuggets. They’ll finish their three game road trip Monday in Phoenix before returning home to face DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday at Golden 1 Center.