Instant Replay: After review, Kings end losing streak with win over Raptors

Instant Replay: After review, Kings end losing streak with win over Raptors


SACRAMENTO -- The streak is over. After dropping their previous four games, the Sacramento Kings rode a ruckus Golden 1 Center crowd to come away with a 102-99 victory over the Toronto Raptors. But it didn’t come without plenty of drama.

As the game clock expired, Terrence Ross buried a 28-foot 3-pointer to tie the game and send it to overtime. Upon further review, DeMarcus Cousins tipped the ball slightly, starting the clock early and giving Sacramento the huge win.

With Cousins struggling early to stay on the floor, Rudy Gay stuffed the stat sheet against his former team. The 6-foot-8 forward finished the game with 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks in the win. 

Cousins managed to play just nine minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, but he got it going in the second half. Sacramento’s All-Star center finished the evening with 19 points, 10 rebounds and four assists while knocking down 3-for-6 from long range.

Dave Joerger mixed up his starting lineup, pushing Arron Afflalo and Kosta Koufos to the bench in favor of Darren Collison and Matt Barnes. Afflalo found his rhythm early, scoring all 14 of his points before the intermission. Koufos added eight points, six rebounds and blocked three shots in 26 reserve minutes.

Collison set his teammates up first before getting his own offense going. He finished with a team-high nine assists and added 15 points in his first start of the season.

With all of the attention focused on the high-scoring combination of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, big man Jonas Valanciunas got loose for Toronto. 

The 7-footer missed the previous matchup between these two teams, but on Sunday night he went off for 23 points on 9-for-18 shooting and added 13 rebounds. He was all elbows around the rim, but for one of the few times this season, DeMarcus Cousins was outscored by an opposing big. 

Lowry went off for 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds, including two of three free throws in the final minute to draw the Raptors to within three. He also grabbed eight rebounds, handed out six assists and picked up two steals in the loss. 

For the second time this season, Sacramento held DeRozan under 30 points, which has only happened three times over the Raptors first 13 games. DeRozan managed to score just 12 points on 3-for-15 from the field and veteran wing DeMarre Carroll hit 3-of-6 from downtown on his way to 17 points. 


Afflalo and Koufos took the move to the second unit like pros. Afflalo brought the offense early and Koufos energized the defense all night. 


With the game hanging in the balance midway through the fourth quarter, Gay hit a 3-pointer from the elbow and then came up with a huge steal and breakaway dunk to give the Kings the lead. It was a tight game all the way down the stretch, but Gay gave his team a tremendous boost. 


Sacramento not only has 13 healthy bodies in uniform, they have another two up in Reno getting minutes with the Bighorns.  


The Kings finish up their five-game homestand with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday followed by the Houston Rockets on Friday night at Golden 1 Center.

Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic to miss 4 to 6 weeks after knee procedure


Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic to miss 4 to 6 weeks after knee procedure

SACRAMENTO -- The Kings updated the health of one of its core players Monday night.

As his teammates ran through the team’s annual media day, second-year shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic underwent a procedure on his left knee. 

According to the team, the procedure performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York was successful. Bogdanovic will need four to six weeks of recovery time, which likely will cost him the first few weeks of the regular season.

Bogdanovic injured himself while playing for the Serbian national team last week. He left the game early and eventually made it back to Sacramento, where an MRI revealed the extent of the damage.

This was the second procedure done by Dr. Williams on Bogdanovic’s left knee this summer. The first was a minimally invasive meniscus debridement on April 24, and he was given a timetable of a six-to-eight-week recovery.

During his rookie season, Bogdanovic averaged 11.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game for the Kings. He was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie second team and is expected to start at shooting guard for the Kings when he’s cleared for duty.

Kings announce 2018-19 training camp roster with few surprises


Kings announce 2018-19 training camp roster with few surprises

SACRAMENTO -- Basketball is back for the Kings, who will play host for their annual Media Day festivities Monday afternoon. Player will shuttle from one station to the next. They will take pictures, do interviews and disappear into the giant photo booth for preseason video intros. 

Prior to the meet and greet, the team released the latest roster update, and there are very few surprises. Here is a look at the squad that will open training camp Tuesday morning.

Outside of the usual suspects, Jamel Artis, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Pittsburgh, will be in camp and compete for the Kings' final two-way contract. Wenyen Gabriel, a rookie out of Kentucky, signed a two-way deal with the Kings after a successful summer league audition.