July 5, 2018, 6:55 pm
The hosts of the California Classic fell to just 1-2 during the three-day event.
After getting their win on Day 1 against the Lakers, the Kings fell to the Warriors on Day 2 and dropped their final game to the Heat 86-76 on Day 3.
Justin Jackson led the Kings with 26 points and had a very impressive day from the field. Jackson shot 9-for-17 from the field and connected on four long balls for the Kings as he followed up his solid game against Golden State.
Rookie Marvin Bagley wouldn’t have as much success, however, as he scored just one point and had three boards in almost 30 minutes of play.
Bagley was opposite of the Heat’s first round pick Bam Adebayo and had a difficult time contesting such a big body.
Frank Mason was actively involved as he started at the point guard position with De’Aaron Fox sitting with an injured Achilles.
Although there wasn’t much of a flow to the first quarter of the game, some of the Kings expected to see plenty of minutes this season were involved.
Mason got the Kings on the board with a free throw then had a nice assist to Anthony Brown for a layup to begin a nice start for the second-year man.
Harry Giles had a put-back off a missed free throw attempt and Jackson, after missing his first two shots, got on the board with a 3-pointer.
Giles finished the game with a good outing of 11 points and 12 rebounds. His offensive rebounding was a strength on the day and he also impressed with his defensive ability as he routinely altered shots
Jackson finished a 3-point play on a fast break to give himself eight points in the quarter.
Giles, who exited with a little under six minutes to play re-entered the game and battled for boards and scored on another putback for his second bucket.
The Kings, who were a step slow rotating while on defense, found themselves trailing 25-17 at the end of the period.
A 7-0 run to begin the second, bound by a block from Giles on one end and ultimately capped by a Jackson three on the other led to a timeout from the Heat.
Later in the quarter, the Kings used a bit of high-low as they operated Giles at the top of the key and he dished to Cameron Reynolds for the easy bucket.
At the half, Jackson led everyone with 15 points. What impressed about the second-year player was his ability to score in a multitude of ways. He connected from long range, got the free throw line and scored on an offensive rebound as well.
However, Sacramento trailed 45-34 at the break.
Halfway through the third quarter, just two 3-pointers and a jump shot were all the offense the Kings could muster.
A huge dunk from Derrick Jones Jr. was the loudest pop of the night from the crowd and it extended the Heat’s lead to 12.
Daxter Miles Jr. drilled a 3-pointer to trim the lead to 11 at 63-52 with just seconds left to play in the third. It was Miles’ first basket of the game and the Kings’ sixth make from beyond the arc, however, the team would have work to do in the final 10 minutes.
Reynolds began the fourth quarter with a make from the 3-point line to make it a single-digit game, but Matt Farrell returned the favor with a basket to once again stretch the lead to 10.
It wouldn’t be the last time Reynolds’ name would be called in the quarter, though, as he continued to knock down open looks. With six and a half minutes to play, Reynolds had already drilled three in the period. His third make cut Miami’s lead to four.
It was as close as the team would come, though.
The Kings will now focus on Las Vegas Summer League which begins tomorrow. The team’s first game will take place on Saturday against the Suns at 7:30 p.m..