Tyreke scores 27, but Kings fall 103-89 in Houston


Tyreke scores 27, but Kings fall 103-89 in Houston

HOUSTON -- Samuel Dalembert had the best game in his short career as a Houston Rocket on Friday night.The fact that he did it against former team probably wasn't a coincidence.Dalembert had 21 points and 16 rebounds to help the balanced Rockets beat the Sacramento Kings 103-89."He was possessed or something, I don't know," Houston's Kyle Lowry said. "He really looked like the old Sam Dalembert back in the 76ers days and he played really good."Dalembert, who was signed by the Rockets on Dec. 26, spent his first eight seasons in Philadelphia before playing for the Kings last season."He just had great energy tonight," Houston coach Kevin McHale said. "It was just fantastic. That was just the Sammy we've been hoping to see."Lowry led the team with 25 points and had nine assists, and Luis Scola added 21 points and 11 rebounds.Dalembert's previous scoring high with Houston was 10 points. He wouldn't acknowledge that his offensive outburst had anything to do with the opponent, but instead said he wanted to give Houston a second inside scoring threat to go with Scola."I was telling the guys that I'm trying to be a presence because Scola is the only one there inside who is doing a lot for us," he said. "I said that I needed to be a presence offensively."The Kings led at halftime, but Houston used a strong third quarter to take the lead and Sacramento never really threatened after that.Tyreke Evans scored 27 points for Sacramento, which has lost five of seven. Evans has scored at least 25 points in four of the last five games.DeMarcus Cousins' streak of four straight double-doubles was snapped with a tough night. He finished with four points and four rebounds, going 1 of 7 after missing all of his six field goal attempts in the first half.He was coming off a career-high 19 rebounds in Wednesday night's win over Toronto and it was the first time in six games that he had scored fewer than 16 points.After the game both he and Sacramento coach Keith Smart said Cousins wasn't feeling well on Friday."I don't know what's going on," Cousins said. "I couldn't stop coughing and I can't seem to get over it."Houston led by nine points at the end of the third quarter and scored the first six points of the fourth to stretch the lead to 87-72. The Kings scored the next six points, but Houston used back-to-back 3s from Lowry and Kevin Martin to make it 93-78 midway through the quarter.Martin chipped in 13 points for Houston and Chandler Parsons had 11.The Kings played sloppy at times, and at one point late in the fourth quarter they turned it over three times in just more than 30 seconds."We have to do a better job of running plays and making shots," Evans said. "The bench came in with a lot of energy and did a good job. We just have to finish better."The Rockets were up by three points in the third quarter before a quick six-point spurt, that included four free throws by Lowry to make it 75-66. Sacramento cut the lead to six points after an alley-oop dunk by J.J. Hickson, but Lowry hit a 3-pointer seconds later to extend Houston's advantage to 81-72.Sacramento outscored Houston 15-7 to open the second quarter take a 39-31 lead. Donte Greene scored five straight points, including a 3-pointer in that span. The Rockets responded with a 10-2 run to tie it at 41-all. Scola scored five quick points to get that going.The Kings had gone back on top by five points when Dalembert had a monster dunk over Greene that left the defender on the court and Houston down 48-45.The Kings led 52-50 at halftime.The Rockets were up by 10 points with 3 12 minutes left in the first quarter before Sacramento went on a 12-2 run, fueled by seven points by Evans, to tie it at the end of the period.NOTES: The Rockets honored their all-decade team for the 1970s at halftime. Elvin Hayes, Moses Malone, Calvin Murphy and Mike Newlin participated in the ceremony, but fifth member Rudy Tomjanovich couldn't attend. ... Smart said he expects NBA Hall of Famer Alex English, who was hired Friday as an assistant, to join the team on Monday at Minnesota. ... Chuck Hayes, who is in his first year with the Kings after playing in Houston for six seasons, was honored with a video tribute of his time with the Rockets after the second quarter. Hayes, who isn't playing because of a dislocated left shoulder, received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Kings buy controlling interest in Reno Bighorns

Kings buy controlling interest in Reno Bighorns

The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings today announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns. 

With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. 

“With today’s purchase, half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate an important milestone that proves how essential developing top young NBA talent has become,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner.  “I’m thrilled to welcome Vivek Ranadiv√© and the Sacramento Kings’ ownership group to the NBA D-League family and want to thank Herb Santos for his integral role in Bighorns basketball.” 

Longstanding partners, the Bighorns and Kings have been affiliated since the 2008-09 season, Reno’s inaugural NBA D-League campaign.  Prior to the 2013-14 season, the teams entered into a single-affiliation partnership, with the NBA franchise managing basketball operations for the NBA D-League club.  With today’s purchase, the Kings will now assume all business operations of the Bighorns. 

“We’re excited to deepen our relationship with the Bighorns and the Reno/Tahoe community,” said Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadiv√©. “This is an incredible opportunity to develop players, front-office staff and future business executives for the Sacramento Kings, while simultaneously contributing meaningfully to the Reno entertainment, commercial and non-profit ecosystem.”

Five current Kings have NBA D-League experience.  Additionally, head coach Dave Joerger and assistant coaches Bryan Gates and Duane Ticknor all made the jump to the NBA coaching ranks following stints on NBA D-League benches. 

Since the team’s inception, more than 10 Bighorns have earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA, including San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green.  Additionally, 16 NBA players have spent time on assignment in Reno, including current NBA players Jeremy Lin and Hassan Whiteside. 

“It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to grow basketball and provide family-friendly entertainment in the Reno community over the past five years,” said Bighorns minority owner Herb Santos.  “I cannot thank everyone enough for the years of support and look forward to continuing to cheer for the Bighorns alongside each of you.”

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Kings trim roster, waive second-year guard/forward

Kings trim roster, waive second-year guard/forward

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings Wednesday waived guard/forward Lamar Patterson, according to Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac.

Patterson averaged 5.8 points (.455 FG%, .333 3pt%, .917 FT%), 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game in four preseason contests with Sacramento, including 14 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3pt, 4-4 FT), one rebound, one assist and two steals against Washington on Oct. 15.

Patterson (6-5, 225), registered 2.4 points (.350 FG%, 12-49 3pt, .727 FT%), 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 11.3 minutes per game during his first NBA season with Atlanta in 2015-16, appearing in 35 contests.