SACRAMENTO -- Let it fly.
The Sacramento Kings are shooting their way back to respectability. After a win over the Timberwolves on Monday, they came out on Friday evening with a similar intensity and took down a depleted Miami Heat (34-17) team by a final of 105-97 at Golden 1 Center.
All-Star big man Bam Adebayo put up solid numbers and Duncan Robinson got hot from the perimeter, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Kings from picking up their second straight victory.
Here are three takeaways as the Kings improved to 5-2 over their previous seven games to move to 20-31 on the season.
Bogdan Bogdanovic is settling in nicely to the starting lineup. After dropping an efficient 23 points on seven field goal attempts in the Kings’ win over the Timberwolves on Monday, Bogi was back at it against the Heat.
In his seventh straight start, Bogdanovic scored 17 of his team-high 23 points in a wild first half. The third-year wing hit 8-for-16 from the field, including 6-of-13 from long range. He added four rebounds and two assists in the win.
Sacramento took a gamble at the deadline when they held onto Bogdanovic. He’ll be a restricted free agent and if he continues to play like this, he’ll get plenty of interest.
The other guy
Losing your starting job is never fun, but Buddy Hield has taken the move to the bench like a professional. Hield came into the night averaging 22.2 points on 48.4 percent from 3-point range since the move to the second unit. He continued the hot streak on Friday.
Hield knocked down 5-for-13 from long range on his way to 21 points. He chipped in five assists and seven rebounds in 35 minutes of action.
Whatever the reason, the Kings have suddenly found a combination that works. With the win, the Kings are 5-2 since the swap and it doesn’t look like they are going back to the old lineup anytime soon.
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Make it rain
Sacramento is starting to heat up from the perimeter as a team. After dropping a franchise-record 21 triples last week against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Kings went off again.
Led by Bogdanovic’s six makes from deep, the Kings finished 19-for-41 from behind the arc. They moved the ball around the court and found the open man, finishing with 29 assists.
This was a team effort against a short-handed, but strong Heat team.