October 6, 2017, 8:44 pm
It was all on the heels of the young Kings to pull a win out of San Antonio, but in the end they were outmatched and outplayed.
The Kings opened their second preseason game with a strong first quarter, but from the second quarter on the Spurs took care of business on their way to handing Sacramento a 113-93 loss in a rematch of Monday’s contest.
The two teams put on a sloppy affair in San Antonio and after being limited to just 15 points in the first quarter, the Spurs took control with a 36-point second period.
Buddy Hield led the Kings at the break with 12 points and Skal Labissiere had eight himself. The teams remained close at the half with San Antonio up 51-48, but the Spurs were able to extend their lead to nine heading into the fourth.
When the Kings tried to make a push in the final quarter, the Spurs were able to knock down big threes to counter the momentum. For the game, the Kings had difficulties guarding the perimeter. In total, the Spurs shot better than 50 percent for the game on their way to victory.
After Dave Joerger went with all veterans in the starting lineup in the preseason opener, he decided to run with the youngsters in the second game and even rested the entire starting five from the debut game.
Four of the Kings starters finished the game with double figures with Hield finished with 12 points. Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points and nine rebounds, De’Aaron Fox had 12 and Labissiere dropped 13. The lone starter to not reach double figures was Malachi Richardson. Richardson got the start over rookie Justin Jackson at the three spot and attempted to prove he deserves to settle into the rotation. He finished with two points.
Georgios Papagiannis led the way off the bench for the Kings with 10 points, Frank Mason had five, Bogdan Bogdanovic had four and Justin Jackson added four.
The Kings’ next game will be Sunday against the rival Los Angeles Lakers. The game, which will be played at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as usual, is being used to support the victims of the shooting that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday. The teams will donate the proceeds from the game to those affected by the shooting.