Kings Slip Following Offensive Struggles
Playing their fourth game in five nights, tired legs kept the Kings under 35 percent shooting.
Holding the Rockets to just 2-of-11 from beyond the arc in the opening quarter, Sacramento kept Houston’s advantage to just five points. A strong start by Darren Collison and DeMarcus Cousins led to 12 of the team’s first 16 points. Halfway through the quarter, the Kings managed to hold a 21-20 lead.
From that point forward, Houston went on a 27-9 run to pull away for the remainder of the contest. Hitting on just 4-of-21 during the second frame, Sactown wound up with just 35 points in the half while allowing Houston to score 54. Overall, the squad mustered just 30 percent from the floor and 28 percent from three-point range at the break.
Rookies Malachi Richardson and Skal Labissiere saw extended minutes in the second half and the first-year duo combined for 11 points. Sacramento though, was unable to fight back, trailing by double-digits throughout the final 24 minutes.
The Kings finished their eight-game swing with a 3-5 record. They head back to Golden 1 Center and begin a six-game homestand on Friday versus Phoenix.