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Kings 117, Lakers 116: BOGDAN AT THE BUZZER


Kimani Okearah, the legend

Everything was going bad for Sacramento after a good start. Then, the Cardiac Kings made another fourth quarter run to make things tight again. A Kyle Kuzma three seemed to do it, but Bogdan Bogdanovic had something else to say. A Bogi three over Tyson Chandler at the buzzer completed the comeback!

The first quarter started off better than you could’ve asked for for the Kings. They got off to a 6-6 start from the field and eventually built a 21-9 lead capped off by a thunderous De’Aaron Fox dunk as he blew by Lonzo Ball. However, Lonzo Ball made three three’s en route to an 11 point, five assist first quarter as the Lakers took their first lead towards the end of the quarter. Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram each had nine for the Lakers. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored nine off the bench for Sacramento, while Nemanja Bjelica scored seven. Kings trailed 34-32.

Kuzma and Ingram continued to get their way and rightfully so. The Kings don’t have the players to stop them. Kuzma was already up to 23 points and four rebounds at the half, while Ingram went up to 16. Ball didn’t score, but went up to eight assists and four rebounds. Fox was 3-12 from the field for seven points, six rebounds and five assists. Bogdanovic and Willie Cauley-Stein each had 11. Shumpert had nine on three three’s and Buddy Hield was quiet with six points. It was a pretty even score but the Lakers pulled up to a six-point halftime lead at 67-61. Sacramento was just missing too many shots and the Lakers were taking advantage in the right ways.

Sacramento was outplayed in the third quarter yet again, with the Lakers hitting their threes and taking the game up to a 14-point lead at one point. Even “Let’s Go Lakers” chants were being heard. That’s just shameful. Fox made a buzzer beater to make the game 95-84 at the end of the quarter. Bjelica had 16 points and Cauley-Stein and Shumpert had 15 each. Hield was still nowhere to be found.

OH MY GOODNESS! The Cardiac Kings came back and made a huge run to make this a game again and to save your time, Bogdan Bogdanovic made a stepback buzzer beater over Tyson Chandler to give the Kings a win over the Lakers!

Best Players

Bogdan Bogdanovic has been struggling shooting as of late, but erupted off the bench with 23 points on 9-16 shooting with two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Oh yeah, and he got the buzzer beating three!

De’Aaron Fox really struggled shooting going 6-20 from the field, but still finished with 15 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds and two steals.

Iman Shumpert was so big from three. With Buddy Hield absent shooting wise, Shumpert was 6-8 from three for 18 points. He also had six rebounds, three assists and four steals. He also had one block.

Nemanja Bjelica had a quiet 18 points on 7-13 shooting with six rebounds, three assists and a block.

Willie Money Watch

Willie came out with six points on Ivica Zubac and ended up with 19 points on 9-15 shooting. He also had eight rebounds, five assists and a block.

Notable Stats

Kings were 17-21 from the free throw line, good for 81%.

Sacramento won the rebound battle 48-46 but both teams had 25 assists.

The fast break points and points in the paint battles were very tight. 22-20 in fast break advantage for Sacramento and 62-60 advantage for the Lakers.

One buzzer beater for the win for Bogi.

Next Game

The Kings head to Los Angeles again to have a quick rematch against the Lakers on Sunday at 6:30 PM PST.

Please enjoy a higher-resolution of the game image courtesy of our #Lensface!

Bogdan Bogdanovic shooting over Tyson Chandler to win the game, ball at the tips of his fingers.
Bogdan Bogdanovic of the Sacramento Kings pulls up on the block of the Los Angeles Lakers player Tyson Chandler for the walk-off Kings win,
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