The game didn’t start out well for the Sacramento Kings as it looked like the SEGABABA problems were already in effect. However, the young Kings didn’t back down against a team who they have handled all season and went back and forth with them all night. A 12 point lead in the fourth for the Kings was quickly wiped away by the Spurs, but the Kings came right back and converted with clutch shots and good defense to earn their 38th win of the season.
The first quarter didn’t start so well for the Kings. They were lacking energy and LaMarcus Aldridge was absolutely killing the Kings. Sacramento trailed 9-2 early on and it trended that way until the Kings made a run late in the quarter led by Buddy Hield to make the game 30-28 at the end of one. Aldridge led all scorers with 18 points on 8-12 shooting and also grabbed six rebounds. No one else had more than four points for San Antonio. Hield led the Kings with nine points and Nemanja Bjelica added seven and three rebounds.
The second quarter proved to be a very entertaining one as the Kings outscored the Spurs 30-27 en route to a 58-57 lead at the half. With Aldridge on the bench, the Kings had a better time finding baskets and getting stops on defense. Corey Brewer gave a spark off the bench with five points and three assists and the Kings got up to a 46-40 lead. However, the Spurs countered with a 9-0 run and made the lead 49-46. Both teams went back and forth as Rudy Gay got going for the Spurs. A pull up jumper by Hield gave the Kings a 58-57 lead and that’s how the score would end. Aldridge still led the Spurs with 20 points on 9-17 shooting and Gay scored eight in the quarter for a 12 point first half. Hield led the Kings with 11 points on 4-9 shooting while De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes scored nine each and Willie Cauley-Stein and Bjelica had eight points each.
Both teams went back and forth for the entire third quarter as the Kings were able to outscore the Spurs 31-30 and had an 89-87 lead after 36 minutes. A Yogi Ferrell layup with 5.7 seconds remaining gave the Kings the edge. Hield continued to scorch the Spurs, hitting multiple threes and took his point total up to 24 on 8-14 shooting. Sacramento was shooting 10-20 from deep and two of those came from Bogdan Bogdanovic in the quarter with one being a four point play. He scored 11 points. Aldridge had 22 points and Gay had 18 on 8-12 shooting. Gregg Popovich was ejected in the quarter.
The Kings started off hot in the fourth quarter and led 101-89, but the Spurs immediately answered with a run of their own. A 15-2 run gave the Spurs a 104-103 lead with 3:29 remaining. Both teams went back and forth again which was the theme today (25 lead changes) but the Spurs went cold and Sacramento took advantage and capitalized down the stretch to sweep the Spurs!
Buddy Hield scored 26 points on 8-15 shooting and 4-6 from three to lead all Kings and also posted five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 31 minutes.
Willie Cauley-Stein deserves credit for hitting some clutch free throws down the stretch to build on the Kings lead. He was 5-5 from the line tonight, despite being a 50% free throw shooter on the season. He finished with 17 points on a nice 6-9 shooting, six rebounds and two steals.
Bogdan Bogdanovic led the bench that was without Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles with 15 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Harrison Barnes: 15 points, four rebounds, two assists
De’Aaron Fox: 12 points, five assists, four rebounds, one steal
Yogi Ferrell; 10 points, two steals
Kosta Koufos: 11 rebounds in 18 minutes
Nemanja Bjelica: 10 points, six rebounds
The Kings were 24-28 from the free throw line (86%) and 11-25 from deep (44%).
Both teams had 42 rebounds but the Spurs had more assists at 24-20.
The Kings had more fastbreak points at 12-9 and more points in the paint at 46-44.
The Kings will host the Houston Rockets this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. (PST). The Rockets last game was the victory over the Kings on Saturday so they’ll have plenty of rest.