Sacramento is very serious this season. After their loss against the 76ers, which ended their six-game winning streak, the Kings found a way to dominate the Grizzlies (133-100). The latter, who presented themselves without Ja Morant (ankle) and Steven Adams (knee), lasted about three quarters before imploding.
Because the Californians started this meeting in the cloud, the verb “catch” is weak. Carried away by a crazy address, the Kings took the lead after twelve minutes (47-33). But Desmond Bane and his team were able to apply their physicality to keep the Kings at bay in the second quarter, while taking advantage of multiple turnovers and coming back just before halftime (66-61).
Mike Brown even had to call a couple of timeouts early in the second half as the Grizzlies held a slim lead. Still tied (80-80) in the middle of this third quarter, the visitors began to gently explode in the face of the rival spirit.
Already trailing by ten points (100-90) at the end of the quarter, Memphis will not be available in the final twelve minutes. The difference between this middle of the third quarter and the final score is terrible: 53-20 in 18 minutes!
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– 10/10 3 points to boot! Harrison Barnes became the first man to start a battle with three consecutive award-winning baskets from the start, even Barnes. Prior to that setback, Sacramento had strung together ten straight 3-pointers to finish an impressive 12-of-13 from behind the arc—tying an NBA record for a first quarter—and score 47 points!
– Deadly 16-0. The bleeding started late in the third quarter, but Sacramento did most of its damage in the ensuing minutes, especially relying on the excellent technical relationship between a transformed Trey Lyles and Malik Monk on both ends of the floor and Domantas Sabonis. Without their leader, the Grizzlies generally didn’t know what to answer and made mistakes all of a sudden in the face of a more compact Kings defense. To the point of not even getting the slightest shot in the game for six minutes…
– royal enthusiasm. ” It’s called Symphony of Kings “The latter truly delighted his audience tonight with the collective spirit that overflowed on the field, in the game and on the bench,” Mark Jones said on local television after seeing a good portion of Golden 1 Center’s 17,000 crowd sing their team’s praises in the final seconds of the match.
✅ Trey Lyles – Malik Monk. The energy shown by the two substituents! First, he scored the best match of his season, always showing a cheeky foreign address in the form of “catch and shoot”. He also contributed a lot defensively, such as a steal in the final quarter before going for a dunk on a counterattack. The latter came close to a triple-double by showing constant activity and especially at the end by distributing the necessary balls to Sabonis. Both substitutes played a big role in the final explosion.
✅ Keegan Murray. Another convincing outing for the Kings’ pick who just missed his third double-double in four outings. Again, the player was impressed with the accuracy of his shot selections.
✅ Desmond Bane. It was thanks to him that the Grizzlies dreamed of doing something in Sacramento until the middle of the third quarter. Although he cleared the back with his shot, he disappeared from the circuit in the last period.
⛔ Kings turnovers. 37 assists for 49 rebounds is an excellent ratio. 24 balls lost in the middle of this distribution is clearly worse. These losses marred the good performances of the local leaders, who finished with a double-double for De’Aaron Fox (17 points and 10 assists) and a triple-double for Domantas Sabonis (14 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds). The latter proved to be the biggest waster, with eight “turnovers” showing extreme speed in ball lifts that created dangerous passes.
Kings (27-19) : Hosting the Raptors on Wednesday.
Grizzlies (31-16) : Visit to the Warriors on Wednesday.