After dropping 11 consecutive games in Atlanta dating to 2006, the Sacramento Kings walked into Philips Arena on Thursday night and ran over a young Hawks team.
It was close going to the half, but the Kings outscored the Hawks by 23 points in the third quarter to run away with a 146-115 victory.
Five players scored in double figures for Sacramento, led by a career triple-double night from De’Aaron Fox. The win marked the fifth consecutive victory for the Kings, who now sit at 6-3 early in the season.
Here are three takeaways as the Kings kept it rolling on the road.
Fox went off. The sophomore guard set new career highs in points with 31, assists with 15 and rebounds with 10. The 20-year-old is going crazy in the early part of this season, leading his team to an unexpected fast start.
This was the first career triple-double for the former Kentucky star.
His position description says it all. Buddy Hield is supposed to step on the court and knock down shots. Early this season, he’s been really good at his job.
Hield broke loose for a season-high 27 points on 5-for-7 shooting from behind the arc. He added six assists and five rebounds to help his team to victory. This was the fifth consecutive game Hield scored 20 or more for Sacramento.
Nemanja Bjelica is becoming a thing in Sacramento. The 30-year-old continues to provide long-range shooting and stability at power forward. He struggled a bit on the defensive end against Atlanta, but not the offensive side of the ball.
Bjelica dropped in 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added three assists in 23 minutes.
Buddy Hield has made it crystal clear. He wants to get paid. He's set his value and he doesn't want to budge. The Kings appear to have set their limits and don't want to budge either.
The shooting guard's contract situation has added a bit of tension to what was supposed to be an exciting Kings season.
But despite the gap in salary numbers, Hield and general manager Vlade Divac have been all smiles when the cameras are rolling. The latest moment between the two came during Kings Fan Fest at Golden 1 Center on Saturday.
During a light scrimmage, Hield threw down a dunk off a backboard pass from point guard De'Aaron Fox. Hield then turned to Divac, who was sitting courtside and made a money gesture with his hands.
A few moments later, the two were embracing and laughing about the whole situation.
A day earlier, Hield and Divac were seen talking cordially after Kings practice.
All of this started last week when Hield aired his grievances with the media following a Kings preseason game. Hield reportedly is looking for a four-year contract worth $110 million, while the Kings would prefer to give him around $90 million.
The two sides have until Monday to work out a contract extension. If they don't, the 26-year-old would become a restricted free agent next summer, assuming the Kings make the $6.5 million qualifying offer to him.
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The comments from Hield to the media make it sound like there's bad blood between the two sides.
But based on the video coming out of Sacramento the last two days, things might not be as bad as we think.
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It was 35 years ago when the Kings relocated from Kansas City to Sacramento. On Friday night, they honored the move by unveiling their "Classic Court."
The fan-favorite classic royal blue and red uniforms which the team sported from 1991 to 1994 while on the road are the color schemes for the floor. The court will also sport the original logo that was first used when the Kings moved to Sacramento in 1985.
"The new court is a near-identical recreation of the 1993-94 court used during the Mitch Richmond era," the Kings said in a press release. "The words “Sacramento Proud” runs along the sideline as a salute to the city and the fans the team plays for every night."
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This special court will be featured in 17 select games (the blue uniforms on the schedule) during the upcoming anniversary season and will be paired with the Classic and City Edition uniforms.