Kings Win Third-Straight

Sacramento ran past the Washington Wizards en route to victory in Lexington, 124-119.
by Jonathan Santiago
Digital Managing Editor

In a high scoring affair, the Sacramento Kings prevailed in their second-to-last preseason game. It was a tightly contested outing, but the Kings came out on top, defeating the Washington Wizards 124-119 in Lexington, KY on Saturday evening.

Playing on the hallowed hardwood of Rupp Arena, the Kings offense came out firing on all cylinders. Sacramento shot an even 60 percent from the field and also had no troubles finding their stroke from deep - finishing 9-of-19 from three-point land.

DeMarcus Cousins and Darren Collison carried Sactown's scoring load in the victory. The All-Star center had no trouble handling the Wizards frontline, finishing with an efficient 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Meanwhile Collison, starting his third outing this preseason, also scored 22 points and dished out eight assists in the win.

For a second straight night, the Kings bench mob came up big. Following Anthony Tolliver's strong night in Thursday's win over Los Angeles, reserve forward Omri Casspi scored 16 points on 7-of-10 from the field.

Notes

  • The Kings bench came out hot. Seven reserves combined to score 53 points in the win. In addition to Casspi, shooting guard Lamar Patterson reached double figures for the first time this preseason, scoring 14 points off the Kings bench.
  • Guard Ben McLemore and forward Willie Cauley-Stein earned starting nods in Saturday’s victory. Both players came off the bench in the Kings previous outing on Thursday evening.
  • After starting all of the Kings games this preseason, Arron Afflalo earned a well-deserved night off. Veteran Rudy Gay also sat out in Saturday’s victory.

The Kings wrap up the preseason on Tuesday night at Golden 1 Center with a matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. Tip-off in Sacramento is set for 7 p.m. PT.


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