After their unexpected 2-1 Midwestern road trip, the Kings returned home last evening for a one and done before they headed to Dallas and San Antonio. They made sure King fans went home happy as the purple and black notched their second consecutive blowout.
John Salmons, who’s been relatively quiet all season long broke out of his funk, putting in a season high 24 points on 9 of 14 – leading the Kings to their 108-90 victory. DeMarcus Cousins (who fought foul trouble) along with Tyreke Evans, J.J. Hickson, Marcus Thornton and Samuel Dalembert all had some of their best games of the early season – giving the Kings a nineteen point lead to end the third quarter.
For the Wizards, John Wall, as expected had a strong game putting up 23 on 8 of 11, but it wasn’t enough as the Kings held Washington to 39% shooting for the night – the best defensive game of the season for Sacramento.
In addition to their elite defense, the Kings also kept the lid on the seasons problem child – turnovers, only coughing it up a season low eight times.
Now at 4-5 (and winners of 4 of their last 5), the Kings head to Texas for one of the more difficult stretches of the season in which they’ll take on Dallas and San Antonio before returning to California to take on New York, Utah and the Los Angeles Lakers.