The slide continues. Needing a win Friday to finish the four-game road trip on a high note, the Kings ran out of gas late, and the star-studded Philadelphia 76ers showed no mercy.
All five Sixers starters scored 18 or more points, as Philly edged Sacramento 123-114 for win No. 44 of the season.
Here are three takeaways as the Kings fell dropped two games under .500 mark at 33-35.
After Friday's loss, the Kings finished their four-game road trip with just a single victory. They looked exhausted for stretches against the 76ers, which is to be expected on the second night of a back-to-back.
With 14 games remaining on the schedule, the Kings’ postseason chances took a major hit. They have a string of winnable games ahead of them, but major damage was done. Sacramento was 5.5 back of the Los Angeles Clippers as of press time.
Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles continue to grow as a tandem. The rookie duo still needs time to grow into their bodies, which will help on the defensive end, but they both are a big part of the Kings’ future.
In his second game back from injury, Bagley scored 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting and added four rebounds. Coach Dave Joerger asked him to defend All-Star Ben Simmons for stretches. and he did a nice job staying with the young star.
Giles struggled to slow Joel Embiid and Boban Marjanovic, a 7-foot-3 giant, but that didn’t stop him from making an impact on the other end of the floor. In 18 minutes of action, the 20-year-old center scored 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Giles also chipped in four rebounds and four assists.
They have plenty to learn, but the talent is there for the two 20-year-olds.
Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Kings needed their second unit to come up big. Bagley and Giles were a big part of the success, but Yogi Ferrell, Corey Brewer and Bogdan Bogdanovic also stepped up.
Ferrell pushed the tempo and played feisty defense. He finished with seven points and two assists.
Brewer was all over the court, flying in for double-teams on Embiid and wreaking havoc. He chipped in eight points on 3-of-5 shooting.
Bogdanovic struggled with his shot, finishing with nine points on 4-of-14 shooting. But, he still ran a plus-11 on the night.
Sacramento’s second unit outscored the Sixers bench 51-24, and kept the Kings in the game.