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After making two trades, here’s what the Kings did for the first time in a month

Kings players react to Wednesday’s team trades

Harry Giles lll and Buddy Hield share their thoughts about the Kings trades following the game Wednesday night, Feb. 6, 2019 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Three teammates were traded away: Iman Shumpert, Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph.
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Harry Giles lll and Buddy Hield share their thoughts about the Kings trades following the game Wednesday night, Feb. 6, 2019 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Three teammates were traded away: Iman Shumpert, Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph.

The Kings have been tough at home recently. For the first time since 2006, they won seven in a row on their home floor, including victories over playoff contenders in the Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs.

That successful run came to a screeching halt Wednesday.

Reigning NBA MVP James Harden scored a game-high 36 points on 13 of 26 shooting, including 8 of 13 from outside the arc, in leading the Houston Rockets (32-22) to a 127-101 victory. The Kings (28-26) were led by Buddy Hield, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

It was the Kings’ first loss at Golden 1 Center in a month. Sacramento fell 127-123 to the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 5. Despite Wednesday’s loss, the Kings are 17-11 at home and already have three more victories on their floor than all of last season.

Earlier Wednesday, the Kings made two trades. In the first, a three-team deal, Sacramento acquired Alec Burks from Cleveland in a trade that sends Iman Shumpert to Houston. A few hours later, they sent Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph to Dallas for Harrison Barnes.

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Upcoming schedule for the Kings

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.

▪ Feb. 13 at Denver Nuggets – The Kings will travel to the Mile High City for their final game before the All-Star break. Sacramento is 0-2 against Denver this season. In the last meeting, Jamal Murray scored 34 of his 36 points in the second half to rally the Nuggets to a 117-113 victory Jan. 3 at Golden 1 Center.

Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger is asked questions about the Iman Shumpert trade before the game with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

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Noel Harris is a sports reporter for The Sacramento Bee, with a focus on the Kings. He’s been in professional journalism for more than 18 years. His roles have included sports editor at The Modesto Bee and news editor at two smaller California newspapers, as well as online producer and copy editor.
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