It has almost become a tradition at this point for the Sacramento Kings to spot opposing teams 10+ points before scoring themselves. Today was no different, as Toronto came out strong while the Kings once again seemed unprepared to play.
To add to the frustration, the Raptors gave the Kings plenty of chances to get back in this game. After trailing 17-2 in the early minutes, Buddy Hield and JaKarr Sampson came in off the Kings bench to provide a nice lift and cut Toronto’s lead to just 5 after the first quarter. Hield ended up scoring 14 of his 17 points in the first half alone.
Unfortunately for the Kings, they couldn’t seem to take care of the ball at all though. Hield had a solid shooting night but also ended up with 6 turnovers. Rookie De’Aaron Fox had a real rough go of it, with 7 turnovers to just 2 assists, and not making a basket until the second half. The Kings as a team had 21 turnovers to just 15 assists, and threw the ball away multiple times down the stretch with the game still in reach.
The Kings had no answer for DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan scored 25 points on just 15 shots and also added a game-high 9 assists. Garrett Temple only played about 12 minutes and didn’t take a shot because guarding DeRozan had him in early foul trouble. Kyle Lowry on the other hand wasn’t nearly as effective, scoring 15 points but going just 4-17 from the field. He did however end up with a game-high 12 rebounds, impressive for a Point Guard.
Zach Randolph continued his hot streak, scoring a team-high 19 points on a very efficient 9-11 shooting to go with 11 rebounds. Randolph has been playing like his old self lately, and has clearly asserted himself as Sacramento’s go-to option on offense. Bogdan Bogdanovic also had a decent game starting in place of the missing George Hill (out for personal reasons) with 15 points on 5-10 shooting and 4-8 from three.
Frank Mason has been playing so well as of late that it was a bit rough to see him shoot 1-10, easily the worst performance of his early career. Justin Jackson also struggled in his return from the G-League, scoring just 3 points on 1-7 from the field and struggling defensively against guys like DeRozan and C.J. Miles.
Skal Labissiere came back to the starting lineup in his return to action, but only played about 15 minutes. He had one nice highlight where he stole an alley-oop in midair and then ran it up the floor for a dunk. He finished with 6 points and 6 rebounds.
The Kings now have a night off before they face the Devin Booker-less Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.