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Why the Kings Won: Selective Shooting

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I won't belabor the points I made last week about how the Kings can greatly improve their chances to win by making higher-percentage shots, but tonight's game against the Hawks was a classic example of the team pushing their way to victory via a high shooting percentage and making the most of opportunities.

There's no doubt that the Hawks are not a good team, but I'll leave that out of the conversation. Instead, let's look at some fundamental rules laid out from our last conversation:
(Stats Corner: Want to Win? Make Shots!)

1. If the Kings shoot above 50% from the floor, they win.
(Tonight, they shot a season-high 57%. They won.)

2. Make more field goals than the other guys.
(Tonight, the Kings sunk 43, to the Hawks' 32.)

3. If they take fewer field goal attempts, but the right ones, they win.
(Tonight, they shot 75 attempts to the Hawks' 77)

4. If you must go to the free-throw line, make a higher percentage than the opponent.
(Tonight, they eked out a 76% to 74% margin)

Just about the only place the "rules" didn't apply tonight was with three-point shooting. While the Kings tend to win with more activity behind the arc, tonight, they were happy with layups and jumpers. Going 2-8 from three-point land, to the Hawks' 5-17, turned out not to be a game changer, as it has in the past.

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