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A “Bogi” 3-pointer with seconds left in the game gives the Kings their third-consecutive victory

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December 12, 2019 - 6:32 pm

By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320

Sacramento – The Kings won their third game in a row on Wednesday night by downing Chris Paul and the OKC Thunder 94-93. Bogdan Bogdanovic put the dagger in the heart of the Thunder when with just 17.3 seconds remaining in the game, he put up a 28-foot jump shot that went through the hoop for a 3-point field goal. That bucket gave SAC a 94-93 lead and OKC was not able to score on their final possession. The Kings record for the improved to 11-13 and are in a three-way tie for the number seven playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Three big stories from the Thunder vs. Kings game:

  1. The Kings don’t want to win easy, but they also do not give up when they fall behind. This team has won the last three games in the final seconds and by the slimmest of margins. It is a very dangerous way to live, but it also shows a tenacity that fans have seen from a Sacramento team in some time. The Kings came back twice from deficits of 14 points in the third quarter and needed a 14-5 run in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 89.

  1. Head coach Luke Walton on his team won a game that they probably should have lost: “I’m thrilled that we found a way to win a game. Belly [Nemanja Bjelica> was talking about how we deserve to win after the Houston game, we probably didn’t deserve to win tonight, but we found a way to win and that’s a skill in this league. We talked pregame about getting comfortable with end of game situations and the only way to do that is to be in them, to feel what they’re like and to embrace that excitement, that energy, as opposed to getting nervous with it. I think our guys are getting much more comfortable in those situations. Again, our defense – which we’ve been talking about since day one – has come a long ways. It really gave us a chance; without our defense tonight, we would have got blown out. The first game back from a long road trip is always hard, so you hope you get that out in the first half and we did.
  2. Marvin Bagley III returned to action after missing 22 games: MB35 injured his thumb in the first game of the season and was forced to miss those games. Bagley was anxious to get back to playing, and his teammates were ready to have him back on the floor.
    • ON HIS RETURN TO THE COURT SINCE THE FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON: “It was great man. Being back out there after that period of time, rehabbing and trying to make sure I was healthy enough to play. It felt good to be back out there playing a game that I love playing and I’m around all the time, so it was a good night for me.”
    • ON HIS CONFIDENCE ON THE COURT AFTER RETURNING FROM INJURY: “I mean, I’ll never lose confidence. My confidence is through the roof no matter what’s going on during the game, no matter who’s coaching, no matter what. My confidence is always going to be there and that’s how I have always been. I know what I’m capable of doing, I know the kind of work I put in. My confidence is sky high so that’s never an issue for me.”

Top scorers

  • Buddy Hield scored a game-high 23 points, but it did take him 24 shot attempts to score those points. Hield will tell he does what shooters do … he shoots. Luke Walton says he thinks every shot Hield puts up is going in. Shooters are streaky.
  • Dennis Schroder was the leading scorer for the Thunder with 17 points.

The Glass Cleaners

  • Stephen Adams was game’s top rebounder with 11 grabs to go with 12 points. (Let me just say I hate Adams. The reason I hate Adams is that he is not on my team. Stephen Adams is not a Super Star. He is the ultimate definition of “Blue Collar” player who goes out and works hard every night producing consistent results.)
  • Richaun Holmes – who had a very strong game on defense for the Kings – led SAC with seven rebounds.

Dishing Dimes

  • Chris Paul tossed out 12 dimes for the Thunder in the loss. He also scored eight points and hauled seven rebounds.
  • Buddy Hield was the Kings number one assist man as he recorded six assists to go with his 23 points.

Up next

Sacramento returns to action on Friday night against the New York Knicks. The Knicks are just 5-20 this season, but they did beat the Warriors in overtime on Wednesday night.

OKC continues on their road trip and will have to face the Nuggets in Denver on Saturday night.

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