Instant Replay: Second half surge propels Kings past Pistons to end skid

Instant Replay: Second half surge propels Kings past Pistons to end skid

BOX SCORE

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings love the drama. After trailing big and looking completely lost early, Sacramento stormed back late to shock the Detroit Pistons and snap their three game losing streak. With the 100-94 victory, the Kings improved to 16-22 on the season and kept pace with the Portland Trail Blazers in the race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

DeMarcus Cousins struggled with foul trouble, but still managed to lead the Kings in most offensive categories categories. The two-time All-Star posted a team-high 24 points and added 13 rebounds and six assists.  

Anthony Tolliver continues to show that he is the answer alongside Cousins. The veteran forward opened the floor with his long range shooting, knocking down 3-for-7 from the perimeter for 17 points.

Omri Casspi has struggled to find minutes of late, but he did the dirty work against Detroit. Casspi managed to score just four points, but he crashed the boards for 10 rebounds in 17 minutes off the Kings’ bench.

Kosta Koufos provided a major spark with the second unit, dropping in 12 points, while grabbing eight rebounds. Both Rudy gay and Garrett Temple added 11 points in the win.

The Pistons have plenty of weapons. Point guard Reggie Jackson got the ball rolling, attacking the Kings interior defense. When Sacramento collapsed, Jackson found his perimeter players for open 3-pointers.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the beneficiary of Jackson’s attack. The fourth-year guard dropped in 6-for-8 from long range on his way to 21 points.

Tobias Harris chipped 18 points and big man Andre Drummond added nine points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks in the loss.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Casspi brought the noise. After sitting three straight games as a DNP-CD, the 28-year-old forward changed the game with his energy.

TURNING POINT

Sacramento came into the fourth quarter trailing by nine and then the switch was hit. They ran roughshod over the Pistons in the fourth quarter, outscoring the visiting team 32-17 in the quarter to come away with a wild six point win. Cousins 3-ball put the Kings over the top late and they held on for a big win to snap the three game skid.

INJURY UPDATE

For the third straight game, the Kings came out of a game unscathed. They have 12 healthy bodies on the roster and another three rookies stashed in Reno with the Bighorns.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Kings continue their season-long seven game homestand Friday with the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers swing by Golden 1 Center, followed by a Sunday evening matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Report: Kings finally give up hope on long lost prospect

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Report: Kings finally give up hope on long lost prospect

SACRAMENTO -- The one that got away.

News broke Friday afternoon of another player move from the Sacramento Kings. A transaction 22 years in the making was finally completed when according to a published report, the Kings renounced the rights to 6-foot-7 Serbian, Dejan Bodiroga.

The now 44-year-old wing has been retired since 2007. He’s known around the basketball circles as one of the greatest European players to never to come to the NBA.

Drafted by Geoff Petrie with the 51st overall selection in the 1995 NBA Draft, Sacramento tried multiple times to get the sharpshooter to come to the states. It was always a longshot, but after selecting Corliss Williamson and Tyus Edney with his first two selections, Petrie took a late-round gamble. 

Bodiroga has a trophy case full of awards, including a Spanish League MVP, a FIBA World Cup MVP and a Greek League MVP. He also won championships in the Italian, Greek and Spanish Leagues, as well as silver medal in the 1996 Olympic games.

He is also on the list of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors along with fellow Serbian and current Sacramento Kings General Manager, Vlade Divac.   

Kings fans reacted on Twitter to the news in standard fashion:

Kings preseason schedule: Circle Oct. 8 on your calendars

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Kings preseason schedule: Circle Oct. 8 on your calendars

SACRAMENTO -- The season is still months away, but the slow buildup has started. Thursday afternoon the Sacramento Kings announced their preseason schedule for the 2017-18 season and there is plenty of intrigue to look forward to.

The Kings open their preseason schedule on Oct. 2 at the Golden 1 Center against the San Antonio Spurs. Under head coach Gregg Popovich, the Spurs won 61 games last season before falling to the Golden State Warriors in four games during the Western Conference Finals. They didn’t land Chris Paul, like early rumors suggested, but they roll into Sacramento with former King Rudy Gay and a team chalked full of veterans.

Four days later, the Kings travel to the AT&T Center in San Antonio to face the Spurs again. San Antonio will start the season without point guard Tony Parker, who ruptured a quad tendon during the playoffs and is expected to sit out until January.

The Kings fly to Sin City on Oct. 8 for their annual matchup in Vegas against the Lakers. The game will certainly take on a more of a circus feel as the Lonzo Ball vs. De’Aaron Fox fanfare hits a fever pitch.

Following the Lakers game, the Kings travel back to Sacramento where the vaunted backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum await on the second night of a back-to-back. Portland took the season series 2-1 last year and come in with rookie Zach Collins, who Sacramento dealt away on draft night for opportunity to select Justin Jackson and Harry Giles at picks 15 and 20.

The Kings take on the new-look Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 12 at the Staples Center. The backcourt of Chris Paul and J.J. Reddick is no more and veteran sixth-man Jamal Crawford is now with the T-Wolves. The additions of Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic make the Clippers and intriguing watch.

Sacramento finishes out their preseason schedule Oct. 13 at Oracle Arena against the reigning world champs. The Warriors come back with most of their championship roster intact, but a few additions. Nick Young will come off the bench to add more offensive firepower and former Kings forward Omri Casspi will make his return to Sacramento after being traded away at the All-Star break last season.

Per NBA scheduling changes, the preseason and regular season have been moved up. Sacramento will finish their exhibition schedule five days ahead of last season’s schedule. With only two home games on the docket, plenty of Kings fans will have to wait until the regular season to get their first glimpse at the team’s five rookies and three free agent acquisitions.