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Kings 127, Jazz 106: The Beam is Risen

Kings 127, Jazz 106: The Beam is Risen

Spirits were low this weekend in Sacramento as the Kings were pushed down into play-in territory after their two losses to the Dallas Mavericks. Adding more salt to the wound, it was announced that Malik Monk will be out at least four weeks with an MCL sprain. Now sitting in the 8th seed, two games behind Dallas for the 6th seed, and with just nine games left to go in the regular season, the Kings need to be nearly perfect these next few weeks to make up the ground that they lost. First up in this final stretch to the postseason was the Utah Jazz. With no more room for error, the Kings needed to take care of business against the 12th seeded Jazz. Let’s see how they did:

Quick Stats

Outcome: Kings win, 127-106

Sacramento Kings: 127 pts, 53.6% fg, 50.0% 3pt, 73.9% ft, 34 ast, 44 reb, 15 to

Utah Jazz: 106 pts, 41.0% fg, 39.0% 3 pt, 78.6% ft, 22 ast, 34 reb, 12 vto

After what feels like a fortnight of darkness, the beam has at last been resurrected. The first half was a close matchup, as the Kings led by just 4 points. But the third quarter was all Kings. Sacramento went on a 15-0 run out of an early timeout from Coach Mike Brown and never looked back. The Kings handed the Jazz their 9th loss in a row with a demonstrative win on their home floor. After taking some punches in recent weeks, this was a welcome and comforting win.

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

The Good:
  1. Shooting: Life feels so much sweeter when the Kings are making their 3s. Colors seem brighter, the air feels fresher, and I feel damn near invincible. The Kings had one of their best shooting nights, making 20-40 from deep. The best of this came in the third quarter when they eventually gained control of this game where they made 8-12 on 13 assists.The Kings first gained their momentum after making three 3s in a row out of a timeout early on in the third quarter. Keegan Murray started the shotmaking early and finished with a team-high 25 points on 5 made 3-pointers.
  2. Efficient HB: Not far behind Keegan Murray was Harrison Barnes. Heating up in that third quarter run, Barnes finished with 24 points and did it with impressive efficiency. He made 5-7 from the 3-point line and 9-12 from the field. When Barnes is not only aggressive, but also efficient in his scoring, he adds a threatening dimension to this Kings offense.
  3. Resurrection Sunday: Although the Kings are still sorely missing Malik Monk and Kevin Huerter, they were gifted the returns of Trey Lyles and Sasha Vezenkov tonight. Lyles was…

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