Despite good play by De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, the Sacramento Kings were defeated by the Houston Rockets.
The Sacramento Kings were hoping to pull off an upset against the Houston Rockets tonight but were unsuccessful as they lost by a score of 132-112. With this loss, the Kings now fall to a record of 8-8 while the Rockets are 8-7 for the year. After a rocky start, the Rockets have now won four straight games.
The first 12 minutes of the game consisted of a lot of scoring. Once the quarter ended, a total of 65 points were scored by both clubs. For Houston, Chris Paul was their guy leading the way as he had 12 points in the quarter. As for the Kings, De’Aaron Fox was their main scorer as he also recorded 12 points. The Rockets led 36-29 after one.
The theme of the first period carried on into the second quarter as the game contained lots of offense and little defense. The Kings played great offensively as they scored 30 points in the quarter, but they let the Rockets put up 35 points which had the Kings trailing by 12 going into halftime.
Once the second half started, the Rockets started to pull away. Behind the play of Chris Paul and James Harden, the Kings were getting cooked on defense as the Rockets scored 38 points in the period. Once the buzzer sounded, the Rockets had a commanding 109-86 lead going into the fourth.
The Kings continued to play hard in the final period, but at the end of the day, Houston was just too good and Sacramento dug themselves into a deep hole. As the quarter went on, both teams called upon their deep reserves which resulted in a 132-112 loss for Sacramento.
Tonight’s game consisted of a lot of scoring from both teams, but the art of defense was almost nonexistent. There is no doubt that the Kings’ offense has been awesome and fun to watch so far this season, but if they want to take that next step into becoming a legit competitor, they need to be more efficient on defense.
Although the Kings lost tonight, they still got good individual performances from some of their players. Top guys for the purple and white were Buddy Hield who scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds, De’Aaron Fox who scored 19 points, and Marvin Bagley III who recorded 16 points and eight rebounds while shooting 70% from the court.
The Kings end their two-game road trip with a 0-2 record. Hopefully, they can rebound in their next game which will be against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Good news is that the game will be held at the Golden 1 Center in front of a hopefully electric crowd.