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“The Luck of the Irish” was with the Kings as they down the Celtics 100-99

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November 18, 2019 - 5:24 pm

By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320

After losing to the Lakers by just two points in the final seconds of their game on Friday night, the Sacramento Kings had the unenviable task of facing the Boston Celtics – the team with the best record in the NBA on Sunday afternoon. The Celts were coming off a 105-100 victory over the Warriors on Friday.

The Kings jumped out to a 30-18 lead in the first quarter and led 50-46 at the half. In the second half, Boston showed the Sacramento why they had won 10 games and lost just one in the young NBA season.

The Celtics took a 75-71 lead into the fourth quarter. The Celtics shot 47.6% (10-for-21) in the 3rd period while holding the Kings to just 8-for-21 (38.1%) shooting. Boston outscored Sacramento 29-21 in the 3rd quarter.

A Fourth Quarter Classic

The final 12 minutes of the game was what “the Association” would like the last quarter of every game to be like for their fans. There were seven lead changes and five ties plus, the outcome of the game was not decided literally until the final buzzer sounded. In classic basketball terms, “it was a barn burner”.

With just under 14 seconds to go in the game, Marcus Smart missed a putback layup and Richaun Holmes grabbed the rebound. Smart tried to grab the ball to create a jump ball situation but was called for a loose ball foul. Boston head coach Brad Stevens challenged the call, but it was upheld on video review.

Holmes hit both of his free throws to give the Kings 100-99 lead with 13.3 seconds remaining in the game.

The Celtics put the ball in Smart’s hands to take the final shot. He put up a one-hand floater that hit the rim and teetered daring to go in or fall out of the basket. Ultimately, the ball fell off the rim and the Kings won the game to the delight of the 16,633 fans.

The Kings record improved to 5-7 while the Celtics drop to 10-2 on the season.

Buddy Hield was on fire

“Buddy Love” scored a game-high 35 points. He shot 14-for-24 from the floor and hit 7 of 12 three-point shots. Hield also grabbed six rebounds, made four steals, dished out two assists and blocked one shot.

Buddy Hield was the “Star of the Game”.

Spotlight on the Kings

Sacramento put together a real team effort in order to defeat the Celtics on Sunday:

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic posted a double-double game by scoring 12 points and distributing 10 assists. He also added two steals to his stat line.
  • Nemanja Bjelica also had a double-double scoring 12 points and hauling in 14 rebounds. Four of those rebounds came off the offense boards which helped to set up 2nd Chance Point opportunities.
  • Richaun Holmes just missed out on a double-double putting nine points and 11 rebounds in the book. Since his final two points gave his team the win, no cares if he missed the double-double.
  • Harrison Barnes scored 13 points with 3 of his 4 field goals being 3-pointers.
  • The Kings shot 14-for-35 (40.0%) from behind the 3-point arc in the contest.

A look at the Celtics

  • Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 18 points to go with eight rebounds.
  • Kemba Walker – who has been a Kings killer in his career – scored 15 points and dished out nine “dimes”.
  • Marcus Smart – who missed the potential winning shot – score five points, recorded five rebounds and distributed nine assists.
  • Daniel Theis had a double-double game scoring 14 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

Up Next

The Kings return to action on Tuesday night when they will host the much-improved Phoenix Suns.

The Celtics head to the Valley of the Sun to face Phoenix on Monday night.

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