Kings take over late, kick off road trip with win vs Lakers
WIN IN TINSELTOWN
No quit in these Kings. Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, Sacramento battled the Los Angeles Lakers deep into the fourth quarter Sunday evening and then found a way to come away with a 84-83 win.
Buddy Hield went off for 19 points to lead the Kings and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting. But it was the strong finish from rookie De’Aaron Fox that changed the outcome of the game.
Julius Randle, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma led the way for LA in a low-scoring affair. With the loss, the Lakers fell to 33-43 on the year.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Hield was really good. And then he vanished. He’s improved his ball handling, looking to set up his teammates and even playing some defense. Against the Lakers, he scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half. It’s almost like the Kings forgot he was on the court for long stretches.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Fox loves the big moment. After a relatively quiet night, the rookie point guard attacked the rim in the final minute to finish with 14 points and six assists.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Jack Cooley is fun. The 6-foot-10 battering ram sets multiple mean picks on every possession and brings his lunch pail to work. Against the Lakers, he finished the night with three points and a career-high eight rebounds in 5 minutes of action.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Kings found a way to come away with a win in the final minute of an ugly, low scoring game.
Skal Labissiere rolled his left ankle in the third quarter and did not return to the game. Garrett Temple (left ankle sprain) missed his sixth straight game. Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos were out of the rotation for the evening. Iman Shumpert has yet to suit up for Sacramento due to knee rehab and plantar fasciitis and Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings continue their final road trip of the season Tuesday in Phoenix against the Suns. They’ll follow that up with a game against the Memphis Grizzlies followed by a stop in San Antonio to see the Spurs before returning home to face the Houston Rockets in the season finale.