The Sacramento Kings were unable to extend their winning streak as they lost to the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.
The Sacramento Kings played with heart, but they were unsuccessful in winning the game as they lost to the Memphis Grizzlies by a score of 112-104. With this loss, the Kings fall to a record of 8-7 while the Grizzlies improve to a record of 9-5.
In the opening minutes, the Kings struggled. Due to the Grizzlies doing a good job in controlling the pace, the Kings trailed early by nine points. But due to the contributions of Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Aaron Fox, the Kings were able to get back in the game and trail by just one point after 12 minutes of action.
Behind the play of their second unit, the Kings were able to rally and regain the lead early in the second period. But Memphis got their starters back on the court which got them back into rhythm. A 12-0 run by the Grizzlies sparked the home team which ended up resulting in a 62-51 deficit for the Kings going into halftime.
Throughout the third quarter, both teams continued to play hard and tried to play the game at their own pace. As a result, baskets were being traded off left and right which led to the Kings trailing by nine after three.
At the beginning of the fourth, Memphis was executing well and it seemed like the Kings were doomed. But let us not forget that this season features a new Sacramento Kings squad.
Slowly but surely, the Kings were able to claw their way back in the game. With the help of De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento was able to cut Memphis’ lead to three points during crunch time. But in the end, clutch plays by Marc Gasol sealed the huge victory for Memphis.
Tonight’s game is a hard one for the Kings to swallow. In my opinion, they did not execute well as they let the Grizzlies play at a pace they were comfortable with as well as the Grizzlies’ big men outplaying the Kings’ bigs significantly. For the game, the duo of Marc Gasol and Jaren Jackson combined for 46 points and 21 rebounds. The group of Sacramento’s bigs (four players) combined for 30 points and 18 rebounds. It really seemed like throughout the match that the Grizzlies were the better team by far.
Even though the Grizzlies are a formidable opponent, the Kings have another tough test ahead of them as they will face off against the Houston Rockets tomorrow night. Hopefully, the Kings are quick to recover and can come out firing once they hit the Toyota Center.