Kings keep home streak alive with 127-112 win over the Spurs
The Kings won their seventh consecutive home game Monday night, defeating the San Antonio Spurs 127-112 at Golden 1 Center. Here are three takeaways from the game:
Bagley puts on a show
Marvin Bagley III had yet another impressive performance for the Kings.
The rookie big man made his presence felt early, scoring eight of his career-high 24 points in the opening period.
However, it was a fourth-quarter play that should make its rounds on the night’s highlight reels.
With 7:47 left, Yogi Ferrell threw a pass that Bagley caught in mid-spin and finished with a two-handed hammer that had everyone in Golden 1 Center standing.
Bagley said the play wasn’t planned out, he just reacted.
“It just happened,” he said. “I made eye contact with Yogi and saw how I was open down there and in my mind I was just trying to go up and finish. ... It was just one of those plays where we both connected. He just threw it and trusted it and I just tried to make the play and make my guy Yogi look good.”
Bagley also had a game-high 12 rebounds for his ninth double-double as the Kings (28-25) got their second home win over the Spurs (32-23) this season.
Shout out his name
Whenever Ferrell scores a basket at home, Kings PA announcer Scott Moak yells out, “Yooooooogiiiiiii,” and the crowd gives a loud “Ferrrrrrellllll” in response.
The Moak-crowd connection was on point in this one.
Ferrell made all seven of his shots, including four from 3-point range, to finish with a season-high 19 points.
“Yogi Ferrell was tremendous and that’s why I thought he had a hot hand,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “I did sit De’Aaron (Fox) and Buddy (Hield) a long time, but I felt like we had a rhythm with (the second group).”
Ferrell showed some love to the crowd in an on-court interview with Moak after the game: “Oh yeah, the fans are great!”
They’re still streaking
The Kings continue to play well on their home floor. With this victory, that’s seven in a row at Golden 1 Center.
This is Sacramento’s longest winning streak since the 2005-06 season, when they ran off 14 in a row.
A collective effort helped the Kings keep rolling in front of their fans. Fox had 20 points, six assists and six rebounds. Hield scored 18 points, including three more 3-pointers, and had eight rebounds and five assists.
The Kings still have three more games on their season-long six-game home stand.
Upcoming schedule for the Kings
▪ Feb. 6 vs. Houston Rockets – Sacramento has lost eight of its last nine against Houston, including a 132-112 setback at Toyota Center on Nov. 17. The Kings’ lone victory during that stretch came the last time the teams met at Golden 1 Center, 96-83 to close last season.
▪ Feb. 8 vs. Miami Heat – The Kings will seek their fourth consecutive victory over the Heat and a season sweep for the second year in a row. Willie Cauley-Stein scored a season-high 26 points in the last meeting, a 123-113 Kings win at AmericanAirlines Arena.
▪ Feb. 10 vs. Phoenix Suns – This will be the third meeting between the teams as the Kings close their six-game home stand. A 36-9 first quarter helped the Kings win 122-105 on Dec. 4, but a rough second half proved costly in a 115-111 loss Jan. 8.