Scroll down below to see how the Sacramento Kings fared in their contest against the Chicago Bulls tonight.
The City Edition design (both uniforms and hardwood) looked good for the Kings, but their play was ugly to start the game. For the first six minutes of the contest, Sacramento was scoreless as they made bad decisions on the court and were overwhelmed by Chicago’s active defense. As a result, the Bulls had a ten-point lead before the Kings finally scored which eventually led to a 28-9 deficit for the good guys after one.
The second quarter started about the same as the first. The Kings could not buy a bucket and the Bulls’ offense was decent. As the Bulls took a 36-16 lead, it seemed like a long night was ahead for Sacramento, but their veterans took over and found some success. Due to the Kings playing good basketball on both ends, and a Robin Lopez ejection, Sacramento was able to cut Chicago’s lead to 55-41 going into halftime.
With the Kings having the momentum to start the second half, they made their run. Throughout the third quarter, Sacramento was able to slowly trim Chicago’s lead, and as a result, were able to take their first lead of the game. But the Bulls did not lay down as they punched back, behind the performance of Zach LaVine, to regain a 79-77 lead to end the third.
With 12 minutes remaining, the contest was a toss-up. The score remained close for the majority of the period, but with the final two minutes ticking down, the Kings made one last push. It was the veterans who got Sacramento back in the game, so it was only right that the youth closed the deal as they made clutch shots to seal the victory, 104-98.
The Kings were able to survive this game despite having an abysmal first quarter. They could have easily thrown in the white flag after being down by 20+ points early, but did not panic and slowly made their way back to win this game.
For the youth, the play by Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield stood out to me. Both played well throughout the game and were clutch when their team needed them too. An encouraging sign going forward.
As the season goes on, the young talent of the Kings continues to show improvement in their games. Hopefully, for the Kings and their fans, the trend continues for the group. If so, be ready to see the purple and white become an exciting squad in the near future.