October 31, 2016, 7:41 pm
Despite a few good stretches late, the Kings were unable to come away with the win against the Atlanta Hawks. Sacramento was able to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but lost it quickly after a strong run by Atlanta, ultimately losing 106-95.
The Kings got off to a rough start offensively, scoring just 15 points in the first quarter. Their 37 point third quarter seemed to put them in control late, but the Hawks were able to outscore them 27-14 in the fourth quarter. Foul trouble certainly played a factor late, with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay having to spend extended periods on the bench late.
Here were some notes from the game:
- DeMarcus Cousins was able to get a double double, be he never seemed to get into a groove offensively. He finished with 12 points on 37.5% shooting and 4 turnovers. This was not a typical performance from Cousins, but the Kings will still need to find a way to score without him at his best.
- Matt Barnes continued his great play, scoring 14 points and notching 3 assists. Barnes has shown that he is one of the better passers on the roster, and should continue to get major minutes if he can keep up this type of play.
- Ben McLemore came out looking for his shot again, scoring 12 points on 11 attempts. Sacramento has struggled at times to score when they go to their bench, so the team will need him to stay aggressive on offense. McLemore also played his largest role yet this season, playing 26 minutes in the loss.
- Willie Cauley-Stein struggled offensively, scoring zero points in his 12 minutes of action. He also looked over-matched defensively against Dwight Howard, so tonight seemed to be a struggle for him on both ends of the floor.
The loss puts the Kings at 2-2 for the season, and keeps the Hawks perfect early at 3-0. Sacramento will have to bounce back quickly with another game coming against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.