Sacramento is very serious this season. After their loss against the 76ers, which ended the streak of six consecutive victories, the Kings found a way to win in an authoritarian way against the Grizzlies (133-100). The latter, who were without Ja Morant (ankle) and Steven Adams (knee), held on for nearly three quarters before imploding.
“Hold”, the verb was weak as the Californians began this meeting in a cloud. Carried by a crazy address from a distance, the Kings became the most in the lead after twelve minutes (47-33). But Desmond Bane and his team were able to impose their physical dimension to stop the Kings in the second quarter, also took advantage of many opposing ball losses, and came back before the break (66-61).
Mike Brown had to take a few time-outs at the start of the second period, seeing the Grizzlies take a very narrow lead. Still tied midway through the third quarter (80-80), the visitors began to explode gently in the face of opposing spirits.
Trailing by ten units at the end of the quarter (100-90), Memphis ceased to exist in the final twelve minutes. The difference between this midway through the third quarter and the final score was horrendous: 53-20 in 18 minutes!
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– 10/10 3-pointers to boot! Harrison Barnes was the first to start the fight with three consecutive award-winning baskets from the start. even Barnes. Prior to this loss, Sacramento had strung together ten 3-point baskets in a row to finish an impressive 12/13 from behind the arc – an NBA record tied in the first quarter – and score 47 points!
– The fatal 16-0. The bleeding started at the end of the third quarter but Sacramento did most of the damage in the following minutes, particularly relying on a transformed Trey Lyles, on both sides of the field, and a superb technical relationship between Malik Monk and Domantas Sabonis. Without their leader, the Grizzlies didn’t know what to answer and made more mistakes in the face of a suddenly more compact Kings defense. Until not even a single shot went in the game for six minutes…
– royal zeal. ” It is called the Symphony of Kings “said Mark Jones on local television, which saw a good part of the 17,000 spectators of the Golden 1 Center standing in the last seconds of the match, singing in honor of their team. The latter really cheered his audience today night with collective enthusiasm overflowing on the field, in the game, and on the bench.
✅ Trey Lyles – Malik Monk. What energy the two substitutes displayed! The first signed the best match of his season by showing a rude exterior address, always in “catch-and-shoot”. He also provided a lot on defense, for example by stealing the ball in the last quarter before taking off for a dunk on the counter-attack. The second came close to a triple-double by showing constant activity and in particular distributing the right balls to Sabonis at the end. Both substitutions played an important role in the final explosion.
✅ Keegan Murray. Another convincing outing for the Kings’ “top pick” who just missed his third double-double in four outings. The rookie once again impressed with the accuracy of his shot options.
✅ Desmond Bane. It was thanks to him that the Grizzlies thought they had something to do with Sacramento, until midway through the third quarter. Clean with his shot, the back however lost circulation in the final phase.
⛔ The Kings lost the ball. 37 assists for 49 shots returned is a great ratio. The 24 balls lost in the middle of this distribution are clearly worse. These ball losses tarnished the good outings of the local leaders, which ended 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, among his eight “turnovers”, was the biggest waster by showing himself too fast in his ball lifts that caused dangerous transmissions.
Kings (27-19) : receiving the Raptors on Wednesday.
Grizzlies (31-16) : trip to the Warriors on Wednesday.