The Sacramento Kings were back in Action last night against the Philadelphia 76ers at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento California coming off a huge Victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The biggest question is exactly how would this young Sacramento team respond against another tough opponent. It became quite clear from the early stages of this game that this young lineup would play a pivotal role both in the starting lineup and coming off the bench as consistency builds with young Kings Players.
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With such a talented opponent like the Philadelphia 76ers, the Sacramento Kings demonstrated fight early battling to a first quarter 26-26 tie which was a stark contrast to recent games where offensive struggles led to double-digit deficits and would ultimately seal their fates. It took a team effort to rally from 17 points down to upset the Oklahoma City Thunder and end a seven-game losing streak where Buddy Hield proved to the ‘Difference Maker‘ recording a game high 21 points in that upset win. Hield’s game continues to improve as consistency builds within the offense as he contributed 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal including 2 of 4 from three-point range in 20 minutes of action. Despite 21 different lead changes, Sacramento closed the game on a 7-0 run led by Fox who nailed the game-winning jump shot with 13.4 seconds remaining to pull off a 109 – 108 victory over the Sixers.
Against Philadelphia, Buddy would continue to build consistency along with rookies Justin Jackson and De’Aaron Fo while Willie Cauley-Stein had a solid game with 15 points, 4 rebounds, an assist and 2 key blocks against Joel Embiid in the final two minutes of the game. Sacramento would be led by Zach Randolph with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals followed by rookie Justin Jackson with 19 points, a rebound and 2 assists. For the Sixers, Robert Covington was a nightmare for the Kings draining 6 of 12 from three-point range to finish with 24 points as the game’s leading scorer.
Key Statistics: The Kings executed their best offense of the season committing just 9 turnovers compared to 17 for the Sixers. This led to 19 points off turnovers for the Kings compared to 11 for Philadelphia. The Kings were out rebounded 62-60 which was a huge improvement over recent games. A huge reason why the Kings were unable to create separation from the Sixers was poor free throw shooting where the Kings shot just 17 of 28 (60.7%) compared to 19 of 27 (70.4%) for the 76ers. Both teams shot near the 43% mark from the field as Sacramento shot 40 of 93 (43%) from the field and 12 of 27 (44.4%) from three-point range. Meanwhile, the Sixers shot 37 of 87 (42.5%) from the field and connected on 15 of 37 (40.5%) from distance. Up next, the Kings head to the ‘Basketball Mecca’ in famed Madison Square Gardens to face Kristaps
Porzingis and the New York Knicks on Saturday. Game time is 8:00pm EST. Be sure to check out the video clips below and share these Buddy Hield Highlights to fellow Buddy Hield Fans in your social network!
Buddy Hield Highlights below:
Buddy finds Justin Jackson for a 3 – Quarter #1
Buddy finds Malachi Richardson for a 3 – Quarter #2
Buddy hits a 3 on a dish from De’Aaron Fox – Quarter #2
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