March 13, 2017, 10:01 pm
The Sacramento Kings snapped an eight-game losing streak Monday night, beating the Orlando Magic 120-115. The team had struggled to get going offensively in recent games, but the team was lifted by big scoring nights from all over the roster.
Orlando didn’t have many issues scoring, shooting 46.4% from the field and 38.2% from behind the arc, but their defense struggled to contain Sacramento’s offensive attack. A good run late in the fourth quarter made it a tight game late, but a few crucial mistakes from the Magic late sealed the win for Sacramento.
The Kings decided to give a few regulars the night off, resting Arron Afflalo, Ty Lawson, Kosta Koufos and Tyreke Evans. The rest came as somewhat of a surprise, but it did open up some minutes for players that don’t normally see much action.
Here are some notes from the matchup:
- Skal Labissiere saw a large increase in minutes tonight, playing 20 minutes while starting at power forward. Labissiere stayed active on both ends of the floor, scoring 11 points on nine shots to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks. He still has some learning to do on both ends of the floor, but Labissiere has shown that he has the talent to be a big part of this team’s future.
- Buddy Hield had a good game as the team’s starting shooting guard, scoring 17 points on 6/13 shooting with two steals and just two turnovers. Hield has been able to score efficiently since joining the Kings, and has been one of the team’s most reliable three-point shooters. He will need to continue to keep his turnover numbers down moving forward, so games like this are encouraging for the young shooting guard.
- Georgios Papagiannis saw some meaningful minutes tonight, scoring just two points while grabbing four rebounds in 12 minutes of action. Papaginnis appeared to struggle much of his time on the court, although some of that could be rust. Either way, he may not be ready to see regular minutes in the rotation, but still figures to be in the team’s plans moving forward.
The Sacramento Kings are now 26-41 on the season, and are still 13th in the conference. A playoff run is very unlikely at this point, but it’s always great to see the team win on the strength of their young players.