SACRAMENTO -- Rarely do you see a team put together their best half of basketball of the season, followed by their worst quarter. That is what the Kings did Tuesday night against the Washington Wizards at Golden 1 Center.
The Kings could do no wrong through the first 24 minutes, torching Washington (22-38) for 76 points heading to the intermission. In the third quarter, it was all Wizards.
Riding the hot shooting of Bradley Beal and a complete meltdown from the Kings, the Wizards dropped 46 points on the Kings in the 12 minutes following the break to tie the game at 95-95 heading to the fourth.
On their home floor, Sacramento led by as many as 28 points, and then held on for dear life for the 133-126 victory.
Beal lit the Kings up for 35 points and five other Wizards scored in double-figures, but it wasn’t enough.
Here are three takeaways as the Kings picked up their third straight win to improve to 27-34 and move into sole possession of ninth place in the Western Conference standings.
What in the world
Scoring 76 points in a half is an incredible feat for Sacramento. It was their highest-scoring half of the season. Giving up 46 points in the third quarter was also shocking.
Kings end the 1st half with 76 points, most in any half this season 🔥 pic.twitter.com/5ASdyFKe19— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) March 4, 2020
Luke Walton was so frustrated with what was happening on the court that he picked up a pair of technical fouls and had to watch from the locker room.
Luke got ejected 😬 pic.twitter.com/txTOyouilI— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) March 4, 2020
In the immortal words of Buddy Hield, “It be like that sometimes.” The Kings have to be better than this. When you have a team on the ropes on your home floor, finish them off.
Through his first four seasons in the NBA, Hield isn’t just a really good 3-point shooter, he’s historically great from long range.
With his barrage of triples in the first half, Hield surpassed Damian Lillard's NBA record of 828 made 3-pointers through the first four years of his career. Hield has another 21 games to build on his record.
Buddy 4️⃣-point play 😱 pic.twitter.com/54ldEksYaA— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) March 4, 2020
Hield finished the game with 17 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. He added four assists and five rebounds in the win.
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De’Aaron Fox is growing into his role as the Kings’ best player. Since the calendar turned to 2020, the third-year guard has taken his game to another level.
De'Aaron Fox 💧 pic.twitter.com/ljXE3drvQc— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) March 4, 2020
While he struggled with turnovers and handed out just one assist, Fox was a closer for the Kings in the fourth. He finished the night with 31 points on 12-of-19 shooting and added three steals in the win.
Hield, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Harry Giles, Cory Joseph, Alec Len and Harrison Barnes all put up solid performances, but Fox put on a show in a wild victory for Sacramento.