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Sacramento Kings' Quincy Acy reacts after a play against the Houston Rockets during the NBA summer league championship basketball game Monday, July 21, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/ John Locher)
Robert Covington, MarShon Brooks
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Houston Rockets' Robert Covington (33) goes up for a shot against the Sacramento Kings' MarShon Brooks during the NBA summer league championship basketball game Monday, July 21, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/ John Locher)

Ray McCallum scored a game-high 29 points as the Kings rallied from down eight in the fourth quarter for a 77-68 win to claim the championship game of the 2014 NBA Summer League.

Ben McLemore struggled shooting most of the game, but scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter to help the Kings complete the comeback after the Kings fell behind 58-50 with 7:20 to play.

McCallum had nine points in the fourth and was named championship game Most Valuable Player.

The Kings outscored the Rockets (5-3) 13-3 over the final 2:53.

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Nik Stauskas of the Sacramento Kings drives to the basket against the Charlotte Hornets in their NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 13, 2014.

The Kings won their fifth game in a row to advance to the summer league championship game with a 74-62 win over the Washington Wizards Sunday at Thomas & Mack Center.

The Kings (5-1) will play Houston (5-2), which advanced by beating Charlotte, for the summer league title Monday at 6 p.m.

The Kings led by as many as 26 in the first half and held off a late rally that saw the Wizards pull within seven in the fourth quarter.

The Kings built their big lead thanks to the bench, led by MarShon Brooks (14 points), Jared Cunningham (10 points) and Eric Moreland (12 rebounds).

Five Kings scored in double figures as Sacramento beat the Chicago Bulls, 80-61, Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center.

It was the fourth consecutive win for Sacramento (4-1), which plays the winner between Washington and San Antonio in the summer league semifinals Sunday at 5 p.m.

Ben McLemore and MarShon Brooks led the Kings with 11 points apiece. Quincy Acy, Jared Cunningham and Brendan Lane each had 10 points.

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Ben McLemore‘s shooting has improved this summer (46.4 percent), but he has 16 turnovers in three games.

Ben McLemore wanted to show how much he’d worked on his game, he tried to do too much and it looked as if was regressing when the Kings began summer league.

“I was so anxious to go out there and play and moving too fast,” McLemore said of his first two games. “Not playing the game the way I was play the second half of the season in Sac.”

That’s changed over the last two games with McLemore playing better.

The Kings beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-86, Thursday at Cox Pavilion to advance to the summer league quarterfinals.

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Former Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) looks up late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Atlanta.

As first reported by ESPN, the Kings are again having discussions about a deal that would bring forward Josh Smith to Sacramento from Detroit.

The reaction to the talks from various league sources ranges from intrigue to outright confusion as to why the Kings would take on Smith and the remaining $40.5 million on on his contract for the next three years.

Smith (6-9, 225) averaged 16.4 points (41.9 percent shooting), 6.8 rebounds and 1.43 blocks last season, his first with Detroit.

Smith is the kind athletic power forward the Kings are looking for, but it’s if Smith is the player they should make a move to land. It certainly would be a headline-grabbing move, which the Kings would like as they rebrand themselves.

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Kings guard Jason Terry, playing for Brooklyn in November, talks to official Joe Crawford about a foul during a game at Sleep Train Arena. It will be Terry’s only appearance in uniform in Sacramento this season. He’ll rehab in Dallas and not join the Kings after Wednesday’s trade.

Remember Sacramento Kings guard Jason Terry?

You probably don’t. He came to the Kings last season along with Reggie Evans in a trade for Marcus Thornton.

Terry never played for the Kings. He reported to the Kings, but headed back home to Dallas to rehab his knee, which had been a problem during a down season.

Terry said in a radio interview in Dallas that he would love to play for the Mavericks, where he was a former NBA Sixth Man of the Year and part of the 2011 NBA Champions.

The Kings trailed 22-7 in the first quarter before finding their way and eventually cruising to an 89-75 win over the NBA D-League Select in summer league play.

Five players scored in double figures, led by Ben McLemore’s 18 points. McLemore continues to show improvement after his eight-turnover outing in the summer league opener.

Ray McCallum had a game-high 12 assists, too.

Derrick Williams added 17 points.

The Kings will not endure a four-game losing streak to open summer league this year thanks to a 72-65 win over the Charlotte Hornets Sunday at Cox Pavilion.

The Kings received strong performances off the bench from Ra’shad James with 12 points and MarShon Brooks with 11.

James had the best plus/minus for the Kings with a plus-13. It was James and Brooks who helped hold off the Hornets with timely baskets.

• The Kings were beaten pretty bad on the glass, being outrebound 47-30. This is an area the Kings would like to see more from Derrick Williams, who is playing power forward in summer league.

LAS VEGAS The Kings have been looking for veteran leadership and believe they’ve found it in Darren Collison.

Collison is only entering his fifth season, not exactly what anyone would call an old-head.

But Collison has been to the playoffs and the Kings believe after serving two stints as Chris Paul’s backup that Collison is ready to lead the Kings.

“I’m excited to be the leader of the team,” Collison said.

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Nik Stauskas, (10) of the Sacramento Kings fights for the ball against Austin Daye of the San Antonio Spurs during the first game of their NBA Summer League against the San Antonio Spurs.

The Kings aren’t trying to win the 2014 Summer League Championship, but they have a squad that should compete for the title.

You just wouldn’t know that if you watched their dismal 85-69 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Friday night at Cox Pavilion.

The Kings were outscored 50-26 in the second half.

“Just a very poor second half of basketball,” said Kings head coach Michael Malone.

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Ben McLemore, left, talking with Kings coach Michael Malone last season, worked hard to improve this offseason.

Check out the replay of Friday's live chat featuring The Bee's Jason Jones leading a discussion and answering questions about the Kings as their summer camp goes into full swing.

Live Blog Live chat: Kings workouts get serious, 12 p.m. July 11

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There’s a theme to the offseason for Michael Malone.

The Kings will play more fluidly on offense.

Malone has harped on that during this week’s summer league minicamp and brought it up again Thursday.

“I don’t want anyone catching and holding the basketball,” Malone said. “If you don’t have a shot right away look to make a play for your teammate. That’s something we’ve been repeating over and over is make a play for your teammate.”

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