Instant Analysis: Kings lose lead, can't end Cavs' win streak
You never know what Sacramento Kings team will show up. Against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday evening, it was the gritty, young, fun team that makes things interesting.
The Kings hung with hottest team in the league all the way down the stretch, but LeBron James was just too much. James knocked down a 3-ball late and barely missed a triple-double in the 102-95 win for Cleveland.
Sacramento played tough for 48 minutes against a Cavs team that has now won 13 in a row.
Z-Bo, Z-Bo, Z-Bo. It’s become commonplace for the 36-year-old big to show up in the “Standout Performer” category. Randolph took Kevin Love to the woodshed, scoring 18 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out six assists in the loss.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
From G-League to solid gold. JaKarr Sampson played for the Reno Bighorns earlier this week. On Wednesday evening, the 24-year-old two-way player drew the start against LeBron James and came up huge for Sacramento. Sampson hit a couple of big time dunks and he led the Kings with 16 rebounds.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
The young backcourt duo of Frank Mason III and Buddy Hield came off the bench to make a major impact. Mason attacked from the moment he stepped on the floor, finishing with 15 points and three steals. Hield made a few mistakes, but he hit 7-of-12 from the field for 17 points.
The Kings led most of the game, but the Cavs started draining the 3-ball in the fourth quarter. Sacramento recovered to make it a game, but a late 3-pointer from James sealed the win for Cleveland.
Willie Cauley-Stein missed his first game of the season due to a lower back strain. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab. Justin Jackson, Malachi Richardson and Skal Labissiere are on assignment with the Reno Bighorns of the G-League.
The Kings travel to New Orleans following the game where they’ll face DeMarcus Cousins and the Pelicans on Friday afternoon. They return home for a Sunday matinee game against the Toronto Raptors.