Sacramento Kings Outlast Los Angeles Lakers 84-83 On The Road
Buddy Hield Effects Game With 4 Steals and 17 Points In First Half
Sacramento Kings' Jack Cooley pulls down a rebound while Brook Lopez of the Los Angeles Lakers, left, defends at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Publicity Agents photo art by T. Ray Harvey. April 1, 2018.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Los Angeles, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings ended a four-game losing streak with a gritty 84-83 road win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Sunday.
The four-game season series end with both teams walking away 2-2.
The game was tied 80-80 with 54 seconds left to play until Buddy Hield got a steal and a fastbreak running dunk with 37 ticks left on the clock that served to be the difference.
Bogdan Bogdanovic also had a steal with 11 seconds left in the game that turned into a seven-foot basket made by De’Aaron Fox that sealed the game.
Hield had 19 points, three rebounds, and two assists for the Kings (25-53). The second-year guard out of Oklahoma also had four steals. Hield scored 17 points in the first half, but his last two points were all that needed to effect the game.
“Sometimes you play good one half and that’s enough to help the team win,” Hield said. “In the second half, you see different things. That’s basketball, man. It’s funny and it’s weird. But it’s fun. That’s how you grow as a young group.”
Bogdanovic had 15 points, four rebounds, and two steals while Fox added 14 points, six assists, and three rebounds. Willie Cauley-Stein contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
The Kings claimed the victory by only making 35 of 92 shots from the field at 38 percent.
Sacramento missed half their shots from the free-throw line, 7 of 14, but they continue to work in a game that recorded 17 lead changes and 14 ties.
“That was a good win for our guys,” said Kings head coach Dave Joerger. “What I explained to our guys was when you grow and you become, hopefully a good team in this league, the difference between getting the the fourth seed, the sixth seed or the third seed, fourth seed or the eighth seed, when you find a way to win in an 84-80 game those things matter.”
Julius Randle had 19 points and five rebounds and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 16 points, three rebounds, and one steal for the Lakers (33-43). Kyle Kuzma added 13 points and five rebounds.
When the game was tied at 80-80, the Lakers turned the ball over at critical times. Caldwell-Pope lost the ball to Hield for the first steal and Alex Caruso followed with a bad turnover that turned into a steal by Bogdanovic.
“That is a game we should have won tonight when we hold the opponent to 84 points,” said Lakers head coach Luke Walton. “We didn’t do a good job of taking it when we had our chance. If you have a chance to take the game, then you have to go and take it.”
By T. Ray Harvey | PA Public Information Officer and Photographic Artist
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T. Ray (Antonio) Harvey is a Public Information Officer and Photographic Artist for Publicity Agents. Harvey is also the author of The HOMICIDAL HANDYMAN OF OAK PARK: MORRIS SOLOMON JR.