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The Kings come home and win their first game of the preseason 105-88

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October 11, 2019 - 8:30 am

By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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Sacramento – The Sacramento Kings played their first preseason game in the United States on Thursday night after losing their first two preseason games in Mumbai as part of the 2019 NBA India Games. In those two losses to the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento showed a lack of cohesive team defense and was outrebounded by their opponent in both games.

Kings head coach Luke Walton indicated that his team would be working to correct those deficiencies immediately. The team’s play versus the Suns proved they had worked very hard on their coach’s areas of concern.

On Thursday night, the Kings showed they have been working on their shortcomings as they defeated the Phoenix Suns 105-88. Sacramento led the game wire to wire.

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The Kings defense went into lockdown mode on the Suns:

  • They held the Suns to an overall field goal shooting percentage of 31.4% (27-for-86).
  • PHX shot a horrible 18.2-percent (6-for-33) from behind the 3-point line.
  • SAC made eight steals and blocked five shots.
  • The Kings held the Suns to just 13-points off the Fast Break.

Sacramento remembered how to rebound on Thursday night:

  • The Kings outrebounded the Suns 59-43 in their victory.
  • More importantly, Sacramento pulled down 13 offensive boards to PHX’s five. That led to 20 Kings 2nd Chance Points versus just 10 Second Chance opportunities for the Suns.
  • The Kings rebounding advantage also allowed them to win the Fast Break Point battle 17-13.

Points in the Paint:

  • The Kings outscored the Suns 46-26 in the paint.
  • The Suns converted just 13-of-38 opportunities down low.

The Kings never trailed in this game. Their biggest lead was 19 points.

Luke Walton on his team’s defense

 “Let me start by saying, I was very pleased by our defensive effort tonight … The defensive intensity we talked about - I saw it tonight. I’m very pleased with that … We didn’t make a ton of shots tonight, but that’s why defense is so important … I thought it was a pretty good team effort by us tonight.”

Key Kings performers

  • De’Aaron Fox was the Kings leading scorer with 18 points. Fox also added six assists, three steals and two blocked shots.

  • Marvin Bagley III recorded a double-double scoring 12 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Four of his 13 rebounds came off the offensive glass.
  • Dewayne Dedmon made the start and scored seven points and hauled in 11 rebounds.
  • Other contributors: Buddy Hield 14 points, Yogi Ferrell 14, Bogdan Bogdanovic 12, Richaun Holmes 12.

Marvin Bagley III postgame thoughts

I thought we were more active tonight. We came out with more energy to start the game off. We were just running from the jump. We did a lot of great things, but we can still get better. We were attacking the rebounds and getting our hands-on deflections.”

Kings team stats

  • 41.1-Field Goal Shooting Percentage (37-for-90)
  • 35.5-Three-Point Field Goal Shooting Percentage (11-for-31)
  • 80.0-Free Throw Shooting Percentage (20-for-25)
  • 26 Turnovers (became 33 PHX points)
  • 19 assists – horrible assists to turnover ratio
  • 8 steals
  • 5 blocked shots

Up next

The Kings will return to action on Monday night on the road in Salt Lake City when they will face the Utah Jazz.

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