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Kings 107, Lakers 100: Sacramento hosts a block party in Las Vegas

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The Sacramento Kings put together perhaps their most impressive game yet this preseason, beating the Lakers 107 to 100 in a game that wasn't really that close.  They managed to hold a comfortable double-digit lead for most of the game thanks to some solid passing and defense.  The Kings as a team had 10 blocks, with both Kosta Koufos and Eric Moreland tallying four.  Seven Kings finished in double digits, led by Marco Belinelli's 17 points off the bench.  The Kings as a team shot 45.6% from the field and had 26 assists to just 10 turnovers.  Jordan Clarkson (17 points) and Lou Williams (16 points) led the Lakers in scoring.

Sacramento played tonight without DeMarcus Cousins, who was out of the rotation for rest.  Omri Casspi and Quincy Acy also did not play while Duje Dukan, Marshall Henderson and Vince Hunter made their Kings debut late in the game.  Dukan made his first shoot attempt from three point range and also grabbed an offensive board.  It's likely that some of the unguaranteed players like Hunter and Henderson will be cut soon, so it was nice that they got an opportunity to play.

The Kings are now 4-1 this preseason and will finish up this Saturday in Kentucky when they take on the New Orleans Pelicans.

Quick Observations:

  • Eric Moreland might have won himself a roster spot with this game alone.  He was a menace on defense, and probably could have had a couple more blocks if he didn't bite on some pump fakes.  10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks in just 15 minutes.  That's impressive.
  • James Anderson actually looked really good tonight.  He showcased some decent explosiveness and started to knock down his threes.  I can see why the Kings were interested in him now.
  • Rajon Rondo's passing is so freaking good. It's even better when he's knocking down his jumper like he was doing early on tonight.
  • Rudy Gay is showing he can make an impact even when he's not shooting well.  He went just 3-12 from the floor but finished with a game-high 11 rebounds to go with 3 assists and a steal.
  • Ben McLemore looked far more assertive tonight and he had some impressive takes to the basket.  He got off to a slow start but he's starting to get into a rhythm and that's good to see.
  • The Lakers have some really nice young talent.  Julius Randle is a load already and he's a far better passer than you'd think for a big man as he led the Lakers in assists with 6.  Jordan Clarkson is already a very good scorer and D'Angelo Russell has a lot of potential as well, although he didn't play particularly well tonight in my opinion.

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