Sacramento, CA – The season is almost coming to a close. But before that happens, this team has proven they are definitely contenders. Only thirteen more games to go, yet the Kings keep getting better and better.
The 101-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves was their third straight win at home. Sacramento is 19-15 at home, which is the most home wins for the Kings in the last four years. The recent changes has vastly improved the offense and defense.
“Our offense has gotten a lot better, we’re spacing the floor and playing unselfish,” said Isaiah Thomas. “And we’re really getting dialed in on defense. We’ve been able to turn our offense into our defense.”
After trailing by 12 points, Sacramento rallied back to win the game by 3 points. This was the largest comeback by the Kings this season. Thomas was HOT in the first half, scoring 14 points and went 6-for-9 shooting. He finished with 24 points while Tyreke Evans took over in the second half scoring 19 of his 21 points.
“At one point, Evans was doing everything, scoring and assisting,” Ricky Rubio said. “He played amazing today and their victory is because of him.”
The Timberwolves got off to a great start, Nikola Pekovic dominated early scoring 13 points in the first half. But he slowed down as well as Minnesota’s perimeter shooting. The Kings struggled on defense and watched the Timberwolves pull ahead before the half. Than DeMarcus Cousins went bananas rebounding nine of his game-high 14 in the second half.
“I was more aggressive, I was kind of going through the motions in the first half,” Tyreke said. “I wasn’t in a groove and in the second half, I started attacking the basket. I stayed patient, I know it’s a long game.”
It was another collective effort from everyone which included good ball movement, great defense and opening up the floor for shots. This wasn’t Sacramento’s type of ball game in the first half of the season. But now things are coming together.
“I tried different lineups and finally found a group that kind of gave us a little bit of power,” said Kings coach Keith Smart. “Eventually, we found a group that took us over the hump offensively. We pulled out a win after we didn’t have anything when we started the game.”