December 19, 2017, 10:55 pm
The Kings appeared to be heading toward another loss on their current four-game road trip when the Sixers opened up a 16-point lead in the third quarter, but a big night from Buddy Hield and Zach Randolph helped carry Sacramento to a 101-95 win.
The Kings stifled the Sixers’ offense early by forcing three turnovers in the first few minutes but the team was unable to generate much of a lead. Randolph carried the team early on and ended up with 13 points in the first but the rest of the starters shot just 3-for-10 in the quarter.
Sacramento got into more of a rhythm offensively when they went to the bench, but the defense took a big hit. The Sixers got into the paint at will in the second quarter which led to plenty of open looks for them. Philadelphia was able to take advantage of some of these opportunities, but a big quarter from Frank Mason and Buddy Hield helped keep the Kings within reach heading into halftime.
The Kings appeared to be in trouble after allowing the Sixers to open up a 16-point lead early in the third quarter, but some strong shooting from Buddy Hield and Zach Randolph helped bring the team right back into the mix.The team opened up the fourth with a 13-0 run that allowed them to take the lead. Philadelphia wasn’t able to get back in front after that, leading to an eventual 101-95 win for the Kings.
Sacramento will now head to Brooklyn for their fourth and final game of their current road trip against the Nets.
- Philadelphia started the game with Ben Simmons at point guard and Sacramento opted to have the much smaller De’Aaron Fox guard him. Fox did a great job staying in front of Simmons and didn’t allow the size mismatch be much of an issue. Fox has been known as a great defensive prospect and this game was a good example of his potential on that end.
- Buddy Hield has been much better since moving to the bench, and Tuesday night’s game may have showed that the team intends to keep him there. The Kings opted to bring Bogdan Bogdanovic into the starting lineup to replace George Hill despite Hield’s production since moving to the bench earlier in the season. Hield had another terrific night for the Kings, and operating as the primary option off the bench may be the best role for him moving forward.