November 20, 2016, 9:02 pm
The Sacramento Kings snapped their four game losing streak Sunday night, beating the Toronto Raptors 102-99 a the Golden 1 Center. Sacramento had struggled to finish out close games this season, so this win is a good step forward for the team. A late scare came in the form of a game-tying three from Terrence Ross, but the officials waived it off.
Sacramento received a strong performance from Rudy gay, who lead the team in scoring with 23 points. Gay had struggled during the last few games but he was able to come out looking much more like he did to start the season. The game was fairly close throughout, and a couple of strong runs from Toronto put them up by as much as 10 points in the second quarter, but a strong second half from the Kings helped seal the deal.
Here are some notes from the matchup:
- Sacramento was received another strong game from Darren Collison, who finished with 15 points and nine assists on just eight shots. Collison finally got a place in the starting lineup tonight, although he played alongside Ty Lawson at shooting guard. Many have wanted to see Collison get a shot running the offense, but it appears that he has taken over the Kings’ starting shooting guard spot for right now.
- DeMar DeRozan had a season-low 12 points in over 38 minutes of play. His previous low was also in a game against the Kings, so it appears that Sacramento has been able to slow him down fairly effectively.
- Kyle Lowry led his team in scoring with 25 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists. Lowry did also turn the ball over seven times, so the production did come at a price. Lowry and DeRozan are the top two players on the Raptors, so Sacramento should be happy with their ability to contain these two.
The victory bring gives Sacramento a 5-9 record, and the team showed some real improvement. Toronto is a very strong team, so the game gave Sacramento an opportunity to show that they can get a good win at home. Sacramento now takes two days off before turning their attention to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a game Wednesday at home.