July 11, 2018, 6:34 pm
No Frank Mason, an off night for Justin Jackson and a Harry Giles ejection all led to the Kings being eliminated from the Las Vegas Summer League tournament.
The Cavaliers defeated the Kings 96-84 on Wednesday afternoon.
Jackson shot and shot and shot some more but ended the game 7-of-24 from the field for Sacramento. Zach Auguste, who’s battling for a roster spot — or potential two-way deal — had himself another top notch game for the Kings as he finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Giles had a rough shooting game, but showed some other facets of his game, especially his dishing ability and finished with six dimes in a game cut short by an ejection.
Wenyen Gabriel had some good looks and finished with 15 points and three rebounds.
The absence of Mason and the play of rookie Collin Sexton for Cleveland got the Cavaliers off to a rapid start against the short-handed Kings.
Giles and Jackson each looked a bit off to begin the game as well. Giles missed a couple easy looks and Jackson missed his first five shots before connecting.
It was the same play Jackson and Giles connected with yesterday on the baseline as Giles gave the rock to Jackson and set a pick to free him.
Although the Kings would trail 20-6 with under four minutes to play, the Kings, led by Jackson would go on an 8-0 run to make it a closer contest.
Jackson knocked down a free and a wide open look from the right angle of the 3-point arc to make it the six point game it was.
Another breathe of fresh air off the bench was Auguste, who’s continued to excel played in just four minutes and had five points, a steal, an assist and a rebound.
At the end of the first period, the Cavs led 24-19.
The second quarter was more of the same from Sexton, but the Kings continued to keep up but ended the half down eight.
Giles looked more comfortable in the post and showed an ability to pass as he found open teammates and fit passes into creases to dish out a few assists. Overall, the ball seemed to be moving better than in the first period. Jackson also knocked down an open 3-pointer exhibiting the consistency that the Kings need to see out of him this year.
The third period was a sloppy one for the Kings and the ugly period became even more strange when the lights went dim in the middle of the period.
After a bit of a delay, both teams decided the atmosphere was light enough to continue play and the game went on. Matt Jones knocked down a 3-pointer to give himself seven points and the Kings trailed by six with about three minutes to play.
Auguste’s strong game continued in the period and got to the foul line a couple times, but missed three attempts in the quarter.
Although a couple players, like Auguste and Giles had good looking quarters, the Kings found themselves down 12 at the end of the third.
After trimming the lead to six points in the fourth quarter, the Cavs exploded to take a 20-point lead and all but seal the deal on the Kings’ Summer League championship hopes.
The most exciting part of the fourth was a put-back dunk by Brandon Austin, however, the dunk was ultimately wiped off due to a foul for over the back by Austin.
The Kings will now have tomorrow off before playing their consolation game Friday against a team TBA.