Kings vs. Suns (November 13, 2004)
This is a really fun, classic early season match-up between the Sacramento Kings and the new-look Phoenix Suns, led by Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire. We didn’t really know it at the time, but the Suns were about to revolutionize the way NBA offenses are run forever. In 2004, however, they were just an incredibly fun team, with Nash flawlessly manning the Seven-Seconds-Or-Less offense while surrounded by shooters and an incredible inside presence in Stoudemire.
When the Suns were matched up against this 2004 Kings squad that hadn’t quite collapsed yet (the only core presence from the glory years absent here is Vlade Divac, a free-agent departure who signed with his original team, the Lakers), it made for a great Western Conference shoot-out. This one ended in a 113-111 finish, which seems par-for-the-course for the current NBA, but was a high scoring total for a game that wasn’t between the Kings and the Mavericks. It was a huge game for Webber, with 28 points and 10 boards. Peja Stojakovic also banged home four three-pointers to finish with 23 points. However, it was also a great game for Nash, who went 11 for 16 and ended up with 29 points and 7 assists.
The real reason to watch this one over any other random game is that the person that uploaded this game to Youtube declined to take out any of the broadcast commercials. This means you get all of the 2004 commercials for Jackson Rancheria and Round Table Pizza you can possibly handle. If you were a hard-core enough Kings fan back in the day, you saw these ads a lot. It had been a long time since I had seen any of these, but I was shocked (and almost disappointed) at how familiar all of these commercials seemed to be. Please let me know if your brain has also held onto that Anchor Financial Mortage ad that seemed to air fifty times a game like mine has.
“Your debts paid; your home somehow affordable.”
Oh, and the Kings eked out a victory on the road. So that’s fun, too.