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Kings third quarter collapse brings out the “boo birds” in Sacramento

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October 31, 2019 - 10:42 am
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By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320

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Sacramento – After leading at halftime, the Sacramento Kings heard a chorus of “boos” from their hometown fans as the third quarter ended. Once again, the Kings had been outscored by their opponents – the Charlotte Hornets – and had to enter the final period having a deficit to make up.

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The Kings have been outscored 153-99 in the third quarter of their first five games of the season. The team digs themselves into a hole that they then must try and work out of just to get even before they can try to win the game. To date – the Kings have been unsuccessful at doing that and their record now stands at 0-5.

The boo birds came out again at the end of the game

Sacramento lost the game 118-111 to the Hornets. As the Kings left the floor, the paying customers used the opportunity to boo their team and their performance one more time.

The Sacramento fans had been pumped to believe that the 2019-20 edition of their team would be fighting for a playoff spot. The fans knew it was going to be a tough fight because almost every team in the Western Division made improvements in the off-season.

What the fans were not prepared for was an 0-5 start. Kings fans are feeling desperate and the season is not even a month old.

A surprise starter

After his strong performance versus Denver, Richaun Holmes got the start at center for the Kings. He not only got the start, but then he received extended playing time when the Hornets decided to go with a small lineup. Holmes was the best matchup against that lineup. He ended up with almost 26 minutes of playing time in the game.

Holmes scored 17 points and added eight rebounds. He also recorded three blocked shots and one steal.

All the Kings starter finished in double figures

  • Harrison Barnes finished with 22 points and three steals.
  • Nemanja Bjelica scored 11 points to with four rebounds.
  • Buddy Hield put a team-high 23 points in the book and added four assists but had another tough night shooting going 8-for-22 from the floor.
  • De’Aaron Fox put up 16 points and dished out 10 assists in 36-plus minutes on the floor.
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic added 12 points but shot just 4-for-14 from the field.

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Team numbers

  • Sacramento was outscored in the paint 60-54
  • The Kings won the battle of 2nd Chance Points 26-12
  • Sacramento won the Fast Break Point challenge 19-8
  • The Kings were outrebounded 46-39
  • Sacramento outscored the Hornets in all quarters except the third quarter.

Hornets stars

  • The Hornets are now 2-3 on the season.
  • P.J. Washington scored a game-high 23 points to with eight rebounds and three assists.
  • Miles Bridges added 17 points.
  • Terry Rozier put 22 points in the book and dished out six assists.
  • Cody Zeller recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

Up next

The Kings have Thursday off and then will host the Utah Jazz (4-1) on Friday night at the Golden 1 Center. The Kings lost to the Jazz 113-81 in Utah on October 26th.

The Hornets will play the Warriors on Saturday, November 2nd. They face GSW without Steph Curry who broke his hand on Wednesday night.

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