Bjelica Ties Career-High Mark in Much-Needed Win
"One of [my] best...for sure."
Nemanja Bjelica didn't mince words about his 30-point performance in the win on Sunday.
"It would've been too much if we lost this game tonight," Bjelica continued.
Dallas had won nine of ten games before the contest, and still sit with a record of 16-7.
"I was feeling good and coach trusts me," said No. 88. "I have the green light to shoot, that's my advantage on offense...It's important we won this game."
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Bjelica tied his career-high of 30 points, adding four treys, seven rebounds and four assists on 72 percent shooting.
"They came out aggressive," said Dallas big man Kristaps Porzingis. "They lost a few games they shouldn’t have lost before [tonight] so they came out ready to play aggressively."
Bjelica notched 30 points, with Buddy Hield contributing 26 of his own and Harrison Barnes, Richaun Holmes and others filling up the stat sheet across the board.
No. 88 recorded his first 30-point game as a member of the Kings, surpassing his 26-point and 12-rebound performance last season against the Washington Wizards.
“It feels good. They are a good team," said Hield. "We came in expecting to win just like every game. The last few games, we’ve been playing together and playing the right way, having the toughness, getting after guys. Once we do that, just have fun, love playing with each other and love seeing each other be successful.”
Bjelica cemented the win with a bucket in the final seconds, catching the wide-open pass from Bogdan Bogdanovic off the inbounds.
"Before the game we talked about getting our swagger back," said veteran Cory Joseph. "[Just] going out there and playing more of a full 48 minutes."
It's safe to say Sacramento found its swagger again in Dallas.