The Charlotte Hornets set season highs for 3-point attempts (40) and makes (16) to send the Kings to a 112-107 loss Monday night at Spectrum Center.
The Kings (13-33), who are on a season-worst eight-game skid, are now alone with the NBA’s worst record.
Kemba Walker led the Hornets (19-26) with 26 points and nine assists. Dwight Howard had 14 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks. Jeremy Lamb scored 18 points off the bench.
Skal Labissiere led the Kings with a season-high 23 points. Buddy Hield had 18 points and De’Aaron Fox had 16 points and seven assists.
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Here are three takeaways from the game:
Searching for his shot
Hield had made just three 3-pointers in his previous four games. On Monday, he was 4 of 6.
If the Kings are going to improve their league-worst scoring this season, Hield has to be a big factor. His 18 points were the most since he scored 24 on Dec. 23 against San Antonio, a span of 13 games.
3s for everyone (again)
It was another night where the Kings were more than charitable with their 3-point defense.
The Hornets entered Monday averaging 9.1 made 3-pointers and had already hit 10 in the first half.
Good and bad 3-point shooting teams feast on the Kings’ inability to defend the 3-point line.
At this point of the season, it’s expected the Kings will give up double-digits in 3-pointers every night. They entered Monday giving up 12 made 3-pointers per game, most in the league.
Tough going for Richardson
One player who has not benefited from Sacramento’s shift to younger players is Malachi Richardson.
The second-year guard from Syracuse still cannot crack the rotation, having appeared in just one game since being recalled from the Reno Bighorns in time for Sacramento’s Jan. 15 game at Oklahoma City, when the Kings began sitting at least two veterans.
Bogdan Bogdanovic and Hield play the bulk of the minutes on the wing where Richardson could see time. Justin Jackson has played at small forward lately, another spot Richardson could potentially get time.
It’s quite the change from last season, when Richardson started getting playing time leading up to the All-Star break before a hamstring injury ended his season.