Bogdanovic scores 22 to lead Kings past Hornets, 104-97
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings usually try to run past opponents or win games from behind the 3-point line. They are also learning they can triumph by playing solid defense and limiting their mistakes on offense.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 points, Willie Cauley-Stein had his second straight double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and the Kings beat the road-weary Charlotte Hornets 104-97 on Saturday night.
Hield scores 18 as Kings defeat Griffin-less Pistons 112-102
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings won the battle behind the 3-point line and never trailed in a victory against the Blake Griffin-less Detroit Pistons.
Buddy Hield scored 18 points, Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and the Kings went 9-of-22 on 3-pointers in a 112-102 victory Thursday night against the Pistons, who came into the game as the NBA's best team at defending 3-point shots.
Kings rally in 4th quarter to beat Pelicans 122-117
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dave Joerger is pretty proud of the way his Kings have been able to generate a few big comeback wins this season.
It's the early double-digit deficits the Sacramento coach could do without.
Willie Cauley-Stein had 22 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, Buddy Hield scored 28 and the Kings overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the reeling New Orleans Pelicans 122-117 on Sunday.
Cauley-Stein’s putback dunk lifts Kings past Pacers 111-110
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have already established themselves as a fairly solid offensive team this season with their quick-paced scoring attack.
Every now and then, they show signs of being pretty good on defense, too.
Willie Cauley-Stein scored on a putback dunk with 16.1 seconds left, Sacramento held Indiana to one bucket over the final 3 minutes and the Kings held on to beat the Pacers 111-110 on Saturday night.
Durant scores season-best 44 points, Warriors hold off Kings
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson will be thrilled with the winning shot any way it comes.
Kevin Durant will gladly accept that a jump ball he tipped away against Willie Cauley-Stein in the waning moments meant nearly as much as all those jumpers and free throws he hit in a sensational scoring performance.
Cauley-Stein scores 23 as Kings beat Jazz 119-110
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After all but the last couple of Sacramento Kings had exited the locker room, coach Dave Joerger stood in the doorway and couldn't stop smiling as his center walked toward him.
"That was one hell of game, Willie Cauley-Stein," Joerger said. "Yes, one hell of a game."
Cauley-Stein had faced the NBA's reigning defensive player of year, Rudy Gobert, and didn't flinch. He just nodded at his coach as if it were no big deal.
Kings hold on to end 14-game losing streak to Spurs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ending a 14-game losing streak that spanned nearly four years to the San Antonio Spurs didn't mean as much to Sacramento as finishing its quick four-game homestand with an even record.
It's understandable, since many of these young Kings were still in high school the last time Sacramento beat the Spurs.
Kings come on strong late to beat Timberwolves 121-110
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kings coach Dave Joerger didn't like most of what he saw from his team in the first half against Minnesota.
The second half was an entirely different story and had Joerger beaming afterward, even though Sacramento nearly blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter.
Kings run away after halftime, top Heat 123-113
MIAMI (AP) — Sacramento's offensive approach was not exactly elaborate: Run, run, run and keep running.
Once the Kings got rolling, Miami had no answers.
Willie Cauley-Stein scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Buddy Hield added 23 points and the high-octane Kings put their youthful athleticism on full display in getting past the Heat 123-113 on Monday night — putting up huge numbers even after sputtering through the first quarter.
Fox scores 21 points to rally Kings past Grizzlies 97-92
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dave Joerger's young Kings team had another night of silly mistakes, broken plays and missed assignments.
This time Sacramento played through the trouble and won.
De'Aaron Fox scored 21 points, including a leaning, one-handed dunk as part of a pivotal run late in the fourth quarter, and the Kings beat the Memphis Grizzlies 97-92 on Wednesday.
Kings beat short-handed Rockets 96-83 in season finale
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings were already looking to the future before their season finale even started.
For Houston, that comes this weekend with the start of the playoffs. For Sacramento, it's once again wait until next season.
Willie Cauley-Stein had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help the Kings finish the regular season with a 96-83 victory over the short-handed Rockets on Wednesday night.
Raptor top Mavericks 122-115 for 11th straight win
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan made the game-winning basket in overtime and the Toronto Raptors rallied to match the longest winning streak in franchise history, topping the Dallas Mavericks 122-115 on Friday night for their 11th consecutive win.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With April approaching, the beat-up, undermanned Golden State Warriors are prioritizing health over everything else — even the No. 1 seed in the West.
"It's a harrowing experience," coach Steve Kerr joked before the game. "I'm just trying to process it all."
Yet the faces down are glaring: NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant, two-time MVP Stephen Curry and his Splash Brother, Klay Thompson.
Bulls’ Lopez tosses chair after being ejected in Sacramento
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Chicago center Robin Lopez was ejected after being hit with back-to-back technical fouls during the second quarter of the Bulls' game in Sacramento, tossing a chair once he finally left the court.
Randolph’s double-double leads Kings past Pelicans, 114-103
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zach Randolph and the Sacramento Kings are going home happy after closing out a six-game road trip by winning three of their last four.
Randolph scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the Kings beat the New Orleans Pelicans 114-103 on Tuesday night.
Temple scores 34 to lead Kings past Magic, 105-99
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Garrett Temple took over in the fourth quarter and led the struggling Sacramento Kings to a big win.
Temple scored 19 of his career-high 34 points in the final quarter to lift the Kings to a 105-99 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
Carter has big fourth quarter to lead Kings past Nuggets
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After preaching patience most of the season, Vince Carter is seeing signs of growth from his young Sacramento teammates.
It certainly helps when the 40-year-old eight-time All-Star can be a part of things, too.
Carter scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and the Kings held off the Denver Nuggets 106-98 on Saturday night.
De'Aaron Fox had 18 points and seven assists, Willie Cauley-Stein added 17 points and Buddy Hield had 14.
Kings extend Bulls’ skid to 8 games with 107-106 win
CHICAGO (AP) — The slumping Chicago Bulls may have seemed like the more desperate team, but Zach Randolph thought the Sacramento Kings needed a win just as badly.
Randolph had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and the Kings beat the Bulls 107-106 on Friday night, extending Chicago's losing streak to eight games.
"Everybody's desperate right now — especially us," Randolph said.
It was the third road win this season for the Kings (7-15).
Kings keep rolling at home, beat Lakers 113-102
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Squaring off against fellow rookie Lonzo Ball for the first time in the NBA didn't mean nearly as much to the Kings' De'Aaron Fox as beating the Lakers.
Even though it's his first year in Sacramento, Fox is well aware of the long-standing rivalry between the two Pacific Division foes.
Zach Randolph had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Willie Cauley-Stein added 26 points and the Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-102 on Wednesday night.
Kings bounce back from 46-point loss to beat Blazers 86-82
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Willie Cauley-Stein was very comfortable coming off the bench for the first time this season. Sacramento's 7-foot center was just as happy playing out of position, too.
Maybe coach Dave Joerger is onto something.
Cauley-Stein scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter while playing power forward in Joerger's new-look lineup, and the Kings bounced back from an embarrassing loss earlier in the week to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 86-82 on Friday night.
Fox’s jumper with 13.4 seconds left lifts Kings over 76ers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Upset over being boxed out for a rebound by Joel Embiid with his team down by one in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, Sacramento center Willie Cauley-Stein immediately made up for it by blocking the Philadelphia big man's putback attempt.
De'Aaron Fox took over from there and, after a failed try driving the lane, made a shot that was just as big as Cauley-Stein's block.
Kings’ Hill ready to lead young players as he did in Utah
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Veteran point guard George Hill learned last season in Utah how to be a positive example for a young team, and now he is on one of the NBA's most youthful rosters with Sacramento.
"Patience," he said of his biggest gain from that experience.
As Dave Joerger begins his second season as coach in the state capital trying to end an 11-year playoff drought, he is counting on any and all leadership voices, age not an issue.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Sacramento Kings were ending a grueling stretch of five games in seven nights with a long back-to-back from New Orleans to Minnesota.
Getting 66 points from the bench helps overcome tough travel.
Buddy Hield tied a career high with 22 points, going 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and the Kings' reserves dominated Minnesota's in a 123-117 victory on Saturday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Willie Cauley-Stein knew who to credit for his first game-winning basket.
"Basketball gods," he said.
Cauley-Stein made a follow shot with two seconds left to cap the Sacramento Kings' rally from an 18-point, fourth-quarter deficit for a 98-97 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.
He had been called for an offensive foul against Chris Paul on the Kings' previous possession.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Utah center Rudy Gobert wasn't so sure that his buzzer-beating tip-in off George Hill's miss at the end of overtime would be upheld, even as he watched replays of it on the giant scoreboard at Golden 1 Center.
With one official waving the bucket off for goaltending, Gobert figured the call could go either way.
Hill was much more optimistic and didn't need to see the play again.
"I knew it wasn't a goaltend because it was an airball," Hill said. "I knew that part was good."
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Rudy Gobert tipped in George Hill's missed jumper as time expired in overtime on a play that was initially ruled goaltending and the Utah Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings 110-109 on Sunday.
After Willie Cauley-Stein made two free throws to give the Kings a 109-108 lead with 8.9 seconds remaining, Hill took an off-balance jumper from just outside of the key. Gobert, positioned underneath the hoop, reached up and tipped the ball in as the buzzer sounded.
Cauley-Stein scores 29, Kings beat Nuggets 116-100
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Playing behind All-Star DeMarcus Cousins the past two years, Willie Cauley-Stein has been patiently waiting for his chance with the Sacramento Kings.
When he got the opportunity for extended playing time, he came through in a big way.
Cauley-Stein had a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds to help the Kings, playing for the first time since trading Cousins, beat the Denver Nuggets 116-100 Thursday night.