The Sacramento Kings lost in a thriller to the Washington Wizards tonight by a score of 101-95. Listed down below are the rights and wrongs that happened in today’s game pertaining to the guys wearing purple.
Ty Lawson: Lawson played a big role in the Kings’ success tonight as he finished with 12 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals coming off the bench. Since adjusting to his new role as the backup facilitator, Lawson has been an asset for the Kings. In the last three games he has played, Lawson is averaging 12.3 points on 52% shooting from the court.
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DeMarcus Cousins: It’s pretty much a given that Boogie Cousins will play a major role in any type of Kings’ success. In today’s game, Cousins showed how destructive he can be towards opponents as he recorded a whopping 36 points and 20 rebounds. He was no doubt the catalyst for his team once again.
Forcing Turnovers: The Kings were able to record 15 steals for the game. As a result, Sacramento forced Washington’s offense to commit a total of 23 turnovers tonight which helped the purple and white stay with the Wizards throughout the game.
Lack of Diversity: Only three players from the Kings scored in double-digits tonight: DeMarcus Cousins (36), Rudy Gay (18), and Ty Lawson (12). Before this game, Washington allowed their opponents to score a tick over 105 points per game. The Kings really needed to take advantage of that by having more of their players involved in the scoring distribution.
Free Throws/Perimeter Shooting: The charity stripe was not kind to the Kings today as they shot an abysmal 16-26 from the free-throw line. The Kings also struggled to make shots from the perimeter, as they finished the game recording a percentage beyond the arc of 61.5.
Turnovers: Sacramento forced a lot of turnovers tonight, but they also gave away the basketball to their opponents. The guys wearing purple tonight coughed the ball 20 times which prevented the Kings from extending their lead throughout the game.