Kings vs. Nuggets: Four Points from Sacramento’s Dramatic Victory Against Denver – NBA Sports

The Kings got off to the wildest start of the NBA season on Wednesday night, winning overtime. Denver Nuggets Buddy heeled buzzer beater.. With two ties and two reed changes in the last three minutes of regulation, Sacramento won by scoring the last six points of the additional session.

Here are four points from an incredibly fun and nervous game.

Coaching staff are already very confident in Tyrese Halliburton

The game draws 112, plays less than 30 seconds, and Kings has created a set where De’Aaron Fox attacks from the ghost screen. It is possible that the lane’s charging fox broke the defense and he kicked it into a rookie point guard and was the three pointer who won the game. Halliburton missed and Kings had to stop at the other end to send the match to overtime.

It didn’t really matter that Halliburton missed the shot (if it sounds like revisionist history) It’s not!). Importantly, the coaching staff and his teammates trusted Halliburton to take the shot at the greatest moment of the night. They trusted him to play the entire fourth quarter (against an advanced, really good Denver team) in a tight match that happened to be the first in his NBA career.

Kings was right to do so. Halliburton scored 12 points, 4 assists and blocks in his debut. He also made all the free throws the night Kings left too many points on the line. And he was ready to hit the big three early in the period, including one of the broken plays that raised Sacramento four at a time.

Halliburton is ready to go. It’s good for Kings to understand that.

Veterans have won their keep

Cory Joseph and Harrison Barnes are many because they are, on the surface, older players who command a lot of (and money) on the team being rebuilt, and it’s unclear if it’s really worth it. We will have an anti-air warfare. Against Denver, they definitely did.

Joseph has long had one of his best overall games. At least it was the most influential. He attacked the basket to create his own attack and played for his teammates. Especially in the first half, Kings recovered from the initial deficit. He had 15 points and 4 assists. This is a combination of statistics that was only achieved twice in the Rockets and Clippers wins last season.

Joseph also made some rugged defensive play in the third quarter, including strips at both Will Barton and Nikola Jokić. His tenacity around him allowed Kings to play a three-guard lineup without sacrificing the defensive end of the floor. The Joseph / Halliburton / Halliburton grouping was plus 6 in 12 minutes, and the Joseph / Fox / Halliburton trio was plus 4 in 10 minutes. These lineups are even more convenient as Kings can play Burns with the most effective power forwards.

During the broadcast, Doug Christie looked up the word “professional” in the dictionary and commented that there was a picture of Harrison Barnes there. There was no better way to explain Burns’ performance against the Nuggets. He did a really good job of calming the team when the game got out of hand, and played important at key points.

Burns earned the first points of the game and the first points of overtime when he was wobbling after Kings abandoned his lead in the fourth quarter. Burns consistently found his spot on drives, duck-ins and cuts against Michael Porter Jr. and Paul Millsap. A match that favored Burns because of his wisdom against Porter and his quickness against Millsap.

He may not have had the dunk that won the game, but Harrison Barnes’ fingerprints were throughout the decisive range of the game.
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Burns was directly involved in the last three scores of Sacramento. He passed Burton for a layup and bullied Kings to draw them within two people. Then he went from shore to shore for a left-handed layup after Fox’s block, and he created a turnover to Denver’s last possession by deflecting the ball from Jokić. The Burns performance won 42 minutes, even if Glenn Robinson III was glued to the bench throughout the game.

Kings dominated aggressive glass

Sacramento recorded 17 aggressive rebounds, collecting 31% of mistakes. The Kings shot worse than the Nuggets from the field and free throw lines, so we needed these additional opportunities. Volume was their only chance of victory.

Two of Sacramento’s most impressive games were aggressive rebounds. Hield’s chip-in to win the game was a highlight, but Richaun Holmes had another buzzer beater chip-in at the end of the first half. Imagine where the Kings would be without these two points. Holmes had a tough night defending Jokić, but his six offensive boards were huge.

Keep Diaron Fox away from the lane and do your best

The game changed in the third quarter when Kings turned a 7-point deficit into a 5-point lead. Fox was the key to that swing as he scored 10 points with a 4-4 shot from the field while making both free throws. It was his best stretch of the game when he focused on painting rather than settling on a midrange pull-up — the seven midrangers Fox took were too many for his caliber shooter.

Watch Fox’s speed in these plays. Certainly the Nuggets, who do not have a good point guard defender, cannot be expected to catch up with him.

The best moment in Fox’s paint was actually the defensive end, challenging Burton with the rim with 10 seconds remaining. That was another example of Fox using his speed. This time to catch up with the player who beat him with a backdoor. Fox was the leader of the Kings, who showed it by taking control in the second half and helping to close the game.

I apologize to Hield and Bagley, who weren’t mentioned much about this, and Mark Jones and Christie, who were stunning on the air, but there are 71 games left. May they all be as fun as ever.

– NBA Sports

Kings vs. Nuggets: Four Points from Sacramento’s Dramatic Victory Against Denver Kings vs. Nuggets: Four Points from Sacramento’s Dramatic Victory Against Denver

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