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Kings Sweep Spurs For First Time In Franchise History

Mar 31, 2019, 6:49 PM | Updated: Apr 1, 2019, 11:13 am
(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)...
(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Even if they playoff race is over, don’t tell the Sacramento Kings.

Seven players finished in double-figures as the Kings withstood a late run by the Spurs, winning by a final of 113-106 at AT&T Center in San Antonio.

It is the first time that the Sacramento Kings have swept the San Antonio Spurs since the latter joined the NBA in 1976.

One day removed from gritty effort on Saturday in Houston, the Kings did not look sluggish at all on the second night of a back-to-back. Buddy Hield paved the way for a Sacramento offense that had seven players in double-figures, as Hield scored 26 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the three point line. Hield also grabbed five rebounds and dished three assists to send the Kings home with a win as they now sit at 38-39 on the season.

Sacramento improved to 4-10 on the second night of a back-to-back.

The Kings managed to hold off a late charge from LaMarcus Aldrige and the Spurs, as San Antonio went on a 17-4 run to erase Sacramento’s 12 point lead. Harrison Barnes responded with a jumper to regain the lead and the Kings followed in suit as they responded with an 8-0 run to end the game, holding the Spurs scoreless over the last 2:53 of regulation.

Aldridge finished with a game-high 27 points and 18 rebounds in the San Antonio loss.

Willie Cauley-Stein had 17 points and six rebounds for the Kings, while Harrison Barnes and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 15 points apiece in the winning effort. De’Aaron Fox had 12 point and five assists to go along with a steal, although he played pivotal defense down the stretch. With Marvin Bagley III and Harry Giles III out on Sunday, the Kings bench stepped up as Yogi Ferrel chipped in with 10 points while Kosta Koufos grabbed 11 rebounds. Nemanja Bjelica made his return from an illness as he scored 10 points and had six rebounds.

Bagley should be back for Sacramento’s game on Tuesday in Sacramento, while Harry Giles III is considered day-to-day with a bruised thigh.

Coming Up

As the end of the season nears, Sacramento will return home to face the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night at Golden 1 Center.

The Kings played the Rockets well in Houston on Saturday before a late run by the Rockets put the game out of reach as Sacramento fell 119-108. MVP front-runner James Harden had a 50-point triple-double as he finished with 50 point, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Kings have three home games remaining, as they have the Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans to round out their home slate. With a .500 record within reach, expect these Kings to play hard until the very end.

Catch the Kings taking on the Rockets right here on Sports 1140 KHTK, starting with pregame coverage at 6:30pm with tipoff following at 7:00pm.

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