March 29, 2017, 10:18 pm
The Sacramento Kings were unable to get their offense going Wednesday night, losing 112-82 against the Utah Jazz. Utah started the game on a 11-0 run, and never gave up the lead.
Sacramento struggled early, getting outscored by 20 points in the first quarter, but a strong push from Ben McLemore brought the Kings right back in it early in the third quarter. McLemore finished with a game high 22 points.
The Jazz had a fairly balanced attack offensively, with four of their five starters scoring in double digits. Gordon Hayward was questionable to play, but ending leading Utah’s offense with 20 points and four assists.
Here are some notes from the matchup:
- Utah won the rebounding battle Wednesday night, grabbing five ore offensive rebounds and 11 more overall. Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere both had respectable totals, but the team as a whole was thoroughly outmatched.
- Ben McLemore had one of his best games of the season, scoring 22 points on just 12 shots. With McLemore just a few months away from free agency, Sacramento will need to decide if they plan to keep him moving forward. He has had a very encouraging run during the second half of the season, but the team may not want to commit to him given how deep they are at the position.
The Kings are now 29-44 following the loss, and are extremely close to being out of contention for the postseason. The team has been playing much better over their last few games, but still lack the talent and experience necessary to compete on a consistent basis.