January 18, 2018, 2:03 am
A 10-point Kings lead in the first quarter didn’t hold up for long as the Jazz took control in the second period and all but coasted through the second half against Sacramento, en route to a 120-105 win.
It was an underwhelming performance for the Kings who would have been hoping for a win prior to their six-game road trip. To rub salt in the wound it was their sixth straight loss and the fact that they’re heading out on the road means it’ll be that much tougher to get a win.
The Kings shot themselves in the foot in the first half with 10 turnovers and were sent reeling into the locker room at the break down by 10. They showed some fight at times throughout the half but never really looked too threatening. Getting stops consistently was a big issue for the Kings, as well as taking care of the ball.
Sacramento shot just 42 percent from the field in the first 24 minutes while allowing Utah to make 50 percent of their attempts. However, the Kings outshot the Jazz from the 3-point line, making 6-of-11 while their opponent made just 5-of-17.
Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Kings in scoring at the break with nine points, while Willie Cauley-Stein added eight of his own points with four boards at halftime.
The Kings needed to dig themselves out of a hole to start the second half but fell even deeper. The Jazz stretched their lead to 15 at the 10:47 mark of the period. From there, the Kings would all but pack it in. The defense the rest of the way almost disappeared for Sacramento as they gave up 68 points to Utah in the second half.
The Jazz caught absolute fire in the third quarter hitting 6-of-10 3-pointers. The Jazz also shot 64 percent from the field in the third period and headed into the final quarter up 15.
Donovan Mitchell torched the Kings for a game-high 34 points on 14-of-19 shooting and led the way for the Jazz’s dominating victory. Everything was going right for Mitchell — and the Jazz — and that was proven when he connected on a bank 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.
Bogdanovic finished the game with a pair of career-highs. He had 25 points and made all six of his 3-point attempts. He played with poise and looked in control all night long. Bogdanovic has been heating up as of late and another strong shooting night can only help him continue to come into his own.
While the rest of the Kings weren’t able to keep up with Utah’s scoring, Bogdanovic more than held his own. He’s been a standout in Sacramento lately despite the team struggling to win. Bogdanovic being the best player on the floor each night is no fluke and it’ll likely continue moving forward.
Cauley-Stein also continued his dominant play on the night and finished with a season-high 26 points and 10 boards. He took advantage of the flat-footed Derrick Favors who couldn’t successfully deal with Willie’s athleticism. He’s proven many times this season that he can exploit frontcourt players like Favors who are slow lateral movers.
- After going just 5-of-17 from the 3-point line in the first half, the Jazz went 7-of-12 in the second half.
- The Kings weren’t able to slow down the Jazz from the perimeter or inside the key where Utah scored 50 of their 120 points.
- Utah scored 27 points off of 19 Sacramento turnovers. The Kings assist-to-turnover ratio was abysmal as they had 19 turnovers to match their assists.
- Both teams finished the game shooting better than 50 percent (SAC 52.8 percent, UTAH 56.8 percent).
- Sacramento’s bench, which has been slowing down as of late, was outscored 42-to-16 on the night. Buddy Hield had nine for the Kings off the bench on 4-of-7 field goals.
- Bogdanovic had an impressive fourth quarter which helped encapsulate his career night. He had 10 points and two made 3-pointers in the final period.
- The Kings were outscored in every period except the fourth (tied the Jazz 32 a piece).