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Kings troll Boston Globe for mistakenly tweeting Celtics beat Sacramento

Kings troll Boston Globe for mistakenly tweeting Celtics beat Sacramento

Doug Christie and Grant Napear were on the edge of their seats. The Boston Globe was ready to press send. 

Football is a game of inches, and as the Celtics learned Sunday, basketball is a game of bounces. 

Marcus Smart's game-winning floater attempt hit the rim, rolled around and dropped off to give the Kings a wild 100-99 win at Golden 1 Center, snapping Boston's 10-game win streak.

We've all wished Twitter had an edit button, and the Globe certainly could have used one as the ball rattled off the rim. The Kings, of course, took notice. 

The Globe quickly corrected themselves, but this is the internet. Once you've pressed send, there's no going back. 

Really, though, this ending was pure chaos for a Kings win. 

A game of bounces, folks.

Buddy Hield shoulders blame for late mistake in Kings' loss vs. Spurs

Buddy Hield shoulders blame for late mistake in Kings' loss vs. Spurs

All the Kings needed to do was play 14 seconds of good defense and they would walk out of AT&T Center in San Antonio with an impressive win.

But Buddy Hield didn't fight through a LaMarcus Aldridge screen and a wide-open Marco Belinelli drained a 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds left in regulation.

The game would go to overtime, and the Kings would eventually lose, 105-104, to the Spurs.

After the game, a somber Hield pointed the finger at himself for the end-of-regulation breakdown.

"I should have been more locked in and have more attention to detail in regulation and shouldn't put us in that situation," Hield told reporters in San Antonio. "I see what coach is talking about, but it's my fault."

While Hield blew the assignment on Belinelli's game-tying shot, the Kings will want to forget the final two minutes of regulation.

Up 98-89, the Kings were outscored 11-2 over the final 1:50 of the fourth quarter. They turned the ball over three times during that span, allowing the Spurs to chip away at the deficit.

Still, Hield was upset with himself.

"I didn't lock in and pay extra attention to Belinelli, so it's on me," Hield said.

Coach Luke Walton wasn't happy either, but for a different reason.

"The turnovers at the end of regulation, that's something we can't do as a group," Walton told reporters in San Antonio.

Despite how regulation ended, the Kings still had a chance to win the game at the end of overtime. Hield and Trevor Ariza had open shots, but couldn't connect.

"At the end of the day, we had three open looks to win and we missed all three of them," Walton said. "So, it's frustrating, it hurts to lose. It's what the journey's about and it's about learning from these and getting better as a group and going out and being able to do a better job at executing down the stretch next time we're in that situation."

With the loss, the Kings sit at 8-13 on the season and the schedule doesn't get any easier. On Sunday, they take on MVP candidate Luka Doncic and the Mavericks. The next day, they will be in Houston to take on James Harden and the Rockets. That's a brutal back-to-back.

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As they wait for De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley to get healthy, the Kings need to learn from their mistakes and put together a complete game. If they don't, they will come home on Tuesday seven games under .500, a spot they don't want to be in.

Kings takeaways: What we learned in crushing 105-104 OT loss to Spurs

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Kings takeaways: What we learned in crushing 105-104 OT loss to Spurs

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The Kings began the Texas Three-Step with a crushing overtime loss in San Antonio on Friday night.

Sacramento (8-13) built a 98-89 lead with 1:50 remaining in regulation, but the Spurs (9-14) rallied to force the extra period and pulled out a stunning 105-104 win at AT&T Center.

The Kings' modest three-game winning streak against the Spurs came to an end with the loss.

Sacramento's road trip continues with games in Dallas on Sunday and Houston on Monday.

Here are the three takeaways from the Kings' loss in San Antonio:

Unable to close

After blowing a seven-point lead late in the fourth quarter, the Kings went on a 9-0 run to take a 98-89 advantage. But San Antonio closed the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run to force overtime.

In overtime, the Kings had a chance to win in the final seconds, but Buddy Hield and Trevor Ariza each missed two shots on the final possession.

No stopping Holmes

Richaun Holmes arguably has been the Kings' best player the last few games and he continued his strong play against the Spurs.

The center, in his first year with the Kings, finished with 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in 45 minutes.

Over his last three games, Holmes is averaging 20.3 points and 11 rebounds. He's looking like the steal of the offseason for Sacramento.

The emergence of Holmes is a welcome sight considering how ineffective Dewayne Dedmon has been. On Friday, the high-priced center played just eight minutes and did not score.

Bogi returns

Bogdan Bogdanovic missed Wednesday's game in Portland due to a knee contusion, but he returned in San Antonio.

The reserve guard finished with nine points on 4-of-12 shooting in 21 minutes.

Without De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley, the Kings desperately need Bogdanovic's scoring off the bench. He didn't provide much Friday, but just having him back in the rotation is a good sign for Sacramento.