Strong Second Half Leads To Kings Victory



How many times can you say that as a Kings fan? Despite a late 4th quarter rally by the Philadelphia 76ers, the Kings were able to hold their ground and win their third consecutive game.

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Starting the game, Sacramento really struggled defensively after giving up 70 first half points to a Sixers team that averages just over 91 points a game. Despite the first half struggles, the Kings rebounded in the second half, only allowing the Sixers to score 36 total points for the rest of the game. As a result, the scoreboard at triple zeros reported a score of 107-106 advantage Kings.

Notable performers in tonight’s win were DeMarcus Cousins with 33 points, 17 rebounds, and 4 blocks and Rudy Gay scoring 21 points and recording 8 rebounds.

I think we can all agree that this may have not been the best win of the season, considering it was against a team that has only won 17 times; but what was encouraging to see was how the Kings rejuvenated after playing a uninspired first half.

When comparing the first and second halves of this game, it was like night and day when looking at the Kings in terms of their effort on the court. The defense was so much more active and aware than it was in the first half, and it resulted in the Sixers turning the ball over, attempting questionable shots, and most importantly not scoring.

Again, we were playing the Sixers, and the Sixers are one of the if not the worst scoring teams in the NBA. The Kings should have manhandled these guys, but it was still encouraging to see them fight so hard to the end because it showed the tenaciousness that this group may potentially develop consistently overtime.

A lot of teams in relatable situations as the Kings (record wise) might have thrown in the white towel at halftime after playing the first half they displayed, but this team still has heart and pride to make sure their fans leave the arena happy with a win. What makes this team so great is that their fan base is behind them 100%, and that they are the catalyst to why this Kings team was so persistent to get a win tonight.

It was a solid win, but the Kings have no time to celebrate. After taking a nice shower and getting fresh in the locker room, the team will head to the airport and fly to Phoenix for their next game tomorrow night against the Suns. The Suns are a tougher opponent compared to Philadelphia, so if the Kings want to make their winning streak extend to four, they will need to bring the same level of effort as they did in tonight’s second half for the entire game tomorrow.

The grind never stops in the NBA.