The Kings looked on their way to advancing in the summer-league tournament and keeping alive their chance to repeat as champions.
Then came the third quarter Wednesday afternoon against the Golden State Warriors when the Kings were outscored 20-4 in an 83-67 loss at Thomas & Mack Center.
The Kings (1-3) will play the Miami Heat (1-3) Friday in a consolation game.
“We just couldn’t score,” said Kings assistant coach John Welch. “We were playing so well for stretches in the first half. We really had it going, playing with a flow, getting stops, pushing the ball, sharing the ball. Second half, the ball just stopped moving, we couldn’t get stops and we were playing against a set defense.”
The Kings were outscored 43-20 in the second half. The scariest part of the second half wasn’t the Kings’ play; it was when first-round draft pick Willie Cauley-Stein limped off the court after blocking a shot in the third quarter.
Cauley-Stein returned to the game in the fourth quarter.
“I was glad he was able to come back into the game because a big part of this is developing Willie,” Welch said.
Cauley-Stein said he bumped knees with another player.
“You would know if it was hurt,” Cauley-Stein said. “It’s an uncomfortable feeling, and you can’t play on it so you’ve got to come out real quick, kind of breathe it out and get ready to go back in there.”
David Stockton led the Kings with 17 points and four assists. David Wear had 13 points.
James Anderson (groin) and Corey Hawkins (ankle) did not play for Sacramento.
Cauley-Stein had six points, four rebounds and three blocks.
James Michael McAdoo led the Warriors (2-2) with 20 points and nine rebounds.