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..
April 25, 2019, 2:06 amLou Williams - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams went off for 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting in a 129-121 win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Williams went 1-of-2 from deep and 8-of-9 from the stripe. He also contributed four rebounds and 10 assists to the stat sheet. When the Clippers were down 118-117 with under two minutes left, Williams hit a 4-point play to go up three points. After that play, he made two more buckets to widen the gap to 125-118. Williams iced the game for the Clippers and he is one of the cogs that keeps the team successful when he is on his game.
April 25, 2019, 2:00 amPatrick Beverley - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley put up 17 points with 14 rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes of action in a win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday.
He shot 6-of-13 from the field and 5-of-11 from 3-point territory. His attitude and energy provide the young Clippers much-needed confidence. His defense and toughness have helped the Clippers push this series to six games and possibly further, which is something many people would have counted out before the playoffs started.
April 25, 2019, 1:53 amDanilo Gallinari - F - Los Angeles Clippers
Danilo Gallinari put up 26 points on 9-of-22 shooting in a team-high 42 minutes as the Clippers beat the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday to avoid elimination.
He did not shoot the ball well from beyond the arc as he went 3-of-11, but he did shoot 5-of-6 from the stripe. He also contributed seven rebounds, two assists and one steal to the box score. Gallinari has not been efficient during this series, and it is quite disappointing to see him taking a dip from his high level of production in the regular season. Gallinari will need to bring another performance like this one if the Clippers hope to force a Game 7.
April 25, 2019, 1:44 amMontrezl Harrell - F/C - Los Angeles Clippers
Montrezl Harrell played well in a win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday as he had 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting in 27 minutes of action.
He added five rebounds, two assists and one block while shooting a perfect 2-of-2 from the line. Harrell provided energy and paint dominance for the Clippers throughout this game, which lifted them to a win to force a Game 6. Harrell's only block came late in the fourth quarter on a Kevon Looney dunk attempt, which shifted momentum in the Clippers' favor.
April 25, 2019, 1:38 amJaMychal Green - F - Los Angeles Clippers
JaMychal Green started in Game 5 and scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting with three triples in 27 minutes of action in a win over the Warriors on Wednesday.
Green was guarding Kevin Durant for much of his court time during Game 4, and Game 5 was no different. Durant is unguardable, so the 45 points that he scored is not Green's fault. He has been playing well in the starting lineup and there is no reason to believe that his role will change for Game 6.
April 25, 2019, 1:29 amStephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors
Steph Curry scored 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc in Game 5 as the Warriors lost to the Clippers on Wednesday.
The Warriors are still up by one game in the series, but it would have been nice to end it on their home court. Curry added three rebounds, four assists, and one block to the box score while shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Curry has had a phenomenal series thus far, which is seemingly inevitable with the Warriors' stars. The rest of the roster will need to step up in order to close out the series on Friday night in Los Angeles.
April 25, 2019, 1:20 amKlay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson followed up his 32-point performance in Game 4 with a 22-point outing in Game 5 on 9-of-20 shooting in a loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
He made four triples while adding three rebounds and two assists to the box score. Thompson is having a solid series with averages of 18.3 points and 2.5 triples per game in the first four games, The Warriors will have another chance to close out the series on Friday night in Los Angeles.
April 25, 2019, 1:14 amKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant put up 45 points on 14-of-26 shooting with six rebounds and six assists in a Game 5 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
The Warriors had a chance to end the series tonight but could not capitalize as they got absolutely torched by Lou Williams down the stretch. Durant added two steals, one block and five 3-pointers to the box score. He was their main scoring option down the stretch and really kept them in the game, but Williams got the best of him and pulled out the win.
April 24, 2019, 11:13 pmChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul got it done in Wednesday night's win over the Jazz, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and three turnovers.
Paul finished this series scoring 17.4 points on 46 percent shooting, both above his regular season averages. He has a habit of increasing his production in the post season and should continue to be a linchpin for the Houston offense as long as he stays healthy.
April 24, 2019, 11:02 pmClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
Clint Capela looked healthy in Wednesday's 100-93 win over the Jazz, scoring 16 points to go with 10 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.
Coach Mike D'Antoni indicated that Capela was feeling a lot better and it certainly looked it tonight. The lob-catching big man is essential to Houston's playoff success and could be in for a huge role in a potential showdown with the Warriors.