Kings: 5 Worst Losses From First Half Of 2019-20

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#3. December 6th @ Spurs

The third game on our list is likely the most heartbreaking of the five from a gameplay standpoint. It was the Kings’ first stop on their Texas Triangle road trip, and had lost their last two games to drop to four games below .500.

If Sacramento was going to get a victory over one of the three Texas teams, it was likely going to be the Spurs.

The Kings were able to fight back from a double-digit first-half deficit and had a three-point lead going into the fourth quarter. With under two minutes left in regulation, Cory Joseph hit a three that extended the Kings lead to nine.

And then the wheels came off.

After a bucket by the Spurs, two terrible turnovers by Cory Joseph essentially gifted San Antonio an extra four points, and the nine-point lead was cut to three in less than 40 seconds. Sacramento held that same lead with 5 seconds left to play until Marco Belinelli hit a game-tying 3 with just seconds remaining, which is one more three than he made during his short tenure in Sacramento. The shot would send the game into overtime, and the Kings had blown a 9 point lead with 1:53 to play.

Overtime and the final possession were heartbreaking. The Kings were down by 1 with 30 seconds left and had possession of the ball. Sacramento got up four different shots between Trevor Ariza and Buddy Hield, but came up empty on each. The final buzzer sounded and the Kings had suffered their fifth loss in six games.

Like the previous game on our list, this one would probably be ranked higher on our list if the Kings hadn’t pulled out unlikely victories on the final two stops of their Texas road trip.