October 20, 2017, 8:06 pm
The Kings managed to snag their first win of the season with a 93-88 victory over the Mavericks in Dallas on Friday.
The Mavs came out strong, making open shots and purely out playing the Kings on both ends. De’Aaron Fox and Skal Labissiere’s inclusion into the game helped right the ship, playing with pace and making life difficult for an injury-riddled Dallas squad.
Despite that, Sacramento were still a step behind in the first half, turning the ball over and missing makeable shots. However, a late run to close the second quarter helped the Kings tie the game at 46 going into halftime.
The Kings showed a bit more cohesion in the third quarter, led by George Hill who got hot. He struggled in the first half, turning the ball over five times but he certainly made up for it.
If Hill can be become a reliable go-to scorer, the Kings will be in a good spot moving forward.
They opened up an 11-point lead through three-quarters, holding the Mavs to just 14 points in the third quarter.
Things didn’t go as smoothly for the Kings in the fourth. Dallas came out on a 12-0 run, briefly regaining the lead until Fox and Labissiere came to the rescue again.
It could have gone either way down the stretch with both teams making key shots. Ultimately, the Kings held on for the victory.
One thing that certainly became clear tonight. Having guys like Randolph and Hill on the team pays dividends late in games when the Kings need to create offense. It’s a luxury the team hasn’t had in a long time.
George Hill – 21 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL in 31 MINS (9-of-12 FG, 3-of-3 3PT).
Willie Cauley-Stein – 10 PTS, 11 REB in 26 MINS (4-of-7 FG).
Zach Randolph – 13 PTS, 6 REB, 2 STL in 30 MINS (5-of-15 FG, 1-of-3 3PT).
De’Aaron Fox – 9 PTS, 6 REB, 10 AST, 1 STL in 26 MINS (4-of-13 FG, 1-of-1 3PT).
Buddy Hield – 13 PTS, 6 REB in 27 MINS (4-of-11 FG).
Harrison Barnes (DAL) – 24 PTS, 4 REB in 38 MINS (8-of-18 FG, 2-of-3 3PT, 6-of-9 FT).