TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings are starting up to feel things going their draw.
“Things are turning within the staunch route,” Harrison Barnes acknowledged after scoring 26 aspects Friday night in Sacramento’s 126-124 victory over the Toronto Raptors, the Kings’ third straight win.
“There’s some joy in being in these video games and winning, but there’s no time to relax and aloof down. We now must assist that edge and assist hustling.”
De’Aaron Fox added 24 for the Kings, who haven’t misplaced since Jan. 20. Their scheduled six-game Jap swing has been lowered to four video games by a pair of postponements, and they’ve received twice in Florida.
Buddy Hield had 22 aspects and Hassan Whiteside came off the bench with 16 aspects and nine rebounds for the Kings (8-10) in his second game motivate after lacking four video games with a hip hurt.
“That modified into as soon as huge,” Barnes acknowledged of Whiteside’s 20-minute contribution. “He’s aloof getting his legs below him but he offers us a determined discover, puts strain on the defense.”
Sacramento shot 55% overall to offset nine fourth-quarter turnovers.
Pascal Siakam scored 32 aspects for the Raptors (7-12). Fred VanVleet had 26 aspects and six assists.
“We didn’t play successfully ample within the principle half of, and likewise you don’t produce that on this league,” acknowledged Siakam, whose drives received most of the Sacramento frontcourt in unfavorable anguish and received him 14 free throws. “We did a reasonably appropriate coming motivate but you would possibly presumably well presumably also’t get on the motivate of esteem that.”
Barnes scored 13 aspects within the principle quarter, nine for the length of a 17-2 bustle that carried into the second quarter and left Sacramento with a 17-level lead.
The Kings led 68-58 after a most valuable half of whereby they shot 54.8%. Sacramento led by 18 at one level and by double digits for the length of the second half of till Yuta Watanabe’s 3-pointer brought the Raptors within seven with 6: 02 last.
A layup by Watanabe received the Raptors within one with 1: 08 left, but Tyrese Haliburton answered with a 3-pointer for Sacramento, placing Toronto into a fouling mode within the last 44 seconds.
Kings: Broke a seven-game losing fade in opposition to Toronto. … C Richaun Holmes brought a league-main .681 field diagram proportion into the game. He shot 1 for 4 before fouling out with 2: 04 left. . . . Four of the video games seven technical fouls were referred to as on the Kings.
Raptors: G Norman Powell, who had averaged 23.3 aspects within the preceding four video games, missed his first game with a proper quad contusion. … F OG Anunoby (left calf strain) missed his second game with a left calf strain.
20-POINT DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT
The Raptors had location a franchise scoring anecdote in a 144-123 win at Sacramento on Jan. 8.
“We were inviting and we went out and scored 70 aspects (in truth 74) within the principle half of. We appropriate couldn’t cessation anybody,” Kings coach Luke Walton acknowledged before the rematch. “We feel esteem we’re a wiser workforce now and right here’s a colossal different to take a look at it.”
OUT OF THEIR LEAGUE?
The Kings have not received more than three straight since winning 5 in a row from Oct. 24 to Nov. 1, 2018. Four of those 5 wins came in opposition to Jap Conference teams.
The three wins on their most modern fade are in opposition to Recent York, Orlando and Toronto.
Kings: Play at Miami on Saturday night before concluding their twin carriageway stopover at Recent Orleans on Monday.
Raptors: Play Sunday night in opposition to Orlando before leaving Tampa for two weeks while the Huge Bowl involves city.