Post Up: Trae Young Drops 42 to Lead the Hawks to a Win in Denver

Pacers 111 (7-4), Thunder 85 (4-7)

T. J. Warren led the way with 23 points on 10-14 shooting as the Pacers cruised to a win in OKC. Malcolm Brogdon added 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

76ers 98 (7-3), Cavaliers 97 (4-6)

A clutch, go ahead dunk from Joel Embiid with 13 seconds left lifted the 76ers to the win over the Cavs. Embiid was a monster all night, finishing with 27 points and 16 rebounds. Kevin Love and Jordan Clarkson each dropped 20 in the loss.

Heat 117 (7-3), Pistons 108 (4-8)

The Heat held off a late surge from the Pistons to secure their 7th win of the season. Miami had 6 players finish in double figures, and Jimmy Butler led the way with 20 points and 13 assists. Luke Kennard finished with 22 points in the loss.

Bulls 120 (4-7), Knicks 102 (2-9)

It was the Coby White show in the windy city.

The rookie splashed a franchise record 7 threes in the 4th quarter alone and finished with a game-high 27 points. Zach LaVine shined too, dropping 25 points and 5 assists. For the Knicks, rookie RJ Barrett continued to impress, finishing with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists.

Lakers 123 (8-2), Suns 115 (6-4)

The top-seeded Lakers took care of business on the road against the Suns, closing the game on a 12-2 run. Anthony Davis dropped a game-high 24 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma added 23 points, and LeBron stuffed the stat sheet with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Suns, who have been the surprise of the season thus far, battled till the end on the backs of Devin Booker (21p, 9a) and Ricky Rubio (21p, 10a).

Hawks 125 (4-6), Nuggets 121 (7-3)

Ice Trae continues to tear up the league.

He went OFF for a season-high 42 points, including 8-13 from three, and 11 assists to lead the Hawks to a big win in Denver. Trae became the first player in Hawks franchise history to record 30 points and 10 assists in three straight games. Nikola Jokic finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Jazz 119 (8-3), Nets 114 (4-6)

The Jazz continued their red-hot start to the season with a wire-to-wire win over the Nets. Donovan Mitchell shined, dropping a game-high 30 points. Rudy Gobert added 18 points, 15 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 27 points and 5 assists.

Kings 107 (3-6), Blazers 99 (4-6)

The Kings outscored the Blazers 35-21 in the third quarter and held off the late comeback to pick up their 3rd win of the season. Bogdan Bogdonaovic led the way with 25 points and 10 assists off the bench. Portland’s elite backcourt showed out, with Damian Lillard dropping 27 and CJ McCollum adding 24 in the loss.

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Kings 107, Trail Blazers 99: Big game for Bogi

Kimani Okearah

Kings move to 4-6!

Sacramento got off to a cold start in the first half, but only trailed by three thanks to a good performance by Bogdan Bogdanovic. The third quarter rolled around and the Kings outscored the Blazers 35-21 to take a double-digit lead going into the final 12 minutes. Of course, Damian Lillard and company made things interesting but a defiant Bogi and his crew sealed the game with big baskets late in the fourth to take a 107-99 win! Onto the Lakers.

Quarterly Recap

The Kings got up to a 5-4 start with Nemanja Bjelica providing two buckets, but everyone else went cold as the Blazers went on a 12-0 run to lead 16-5. Buddy Hield missed two threes horribly and Hield, who was sporting a headband, took it off after the misses. With 4:44 remaining, the Kings were 0-7 from deep until Bjelica drilled a pull up three. Portland turned the ball over with a little over two minutes remaining, yet still led 18-10. The quarter ended much better for the Kings as their shots fell, but they still trailed 24-21 to end the first. Bjelica led the Kings with seven points, Bogdan Bogdanovic added four points, three assists and three steals, but Hield shot 0-5 from deep. The Kings in total shot 2-12 (16.7%) from three. Damian Lillard led his team with eight points while Portland also had eight turnovers.

While the second quarter was a sluggish back and forth affair, Harry Giles was able to make his first appearance, but he quickly racked up two fouls and missed an open layup. Cory Joseph had a few possessions where he dribbled back and forth, then released a fall away shot that missed every time. When Bogi took control of the offense, it usually ended in good results as the Serbian led the Kings in scoring with 15 points while adding four assists and four steals. Bjelica had 12 points and Hield went up to nine, despite going 0-6 from deep. CJ McCollum put up a good half following a bounce back game his last time out, shooting 7-11 for 15 points. Lillard had 12 points on 3-3 shooting, but went 6-7 from the charity stripe. Sacramento shot 6-9 from the stripe as a team, which if they made those three misses, the game would’ve been tied. However, Portland led 49-46 after a sloppy first half from both teams.

Portland kept giving the ball away, Sacramento kept scoring with it and Hield finally saw two threes go in. The Kings took their biggest lead of 60-51, which grew to 75-63. While Bogi started the half on the bench, Sacramento saw Harrison Barnes wake up from a quiet first half. Barnes got to the free throw line with ease on what seemed like every possession and made good IQ plays. Giles made his second appearance and converted a nice mid-range jumper. The Kings outscored Portland 35-21 in the third to take an 81-70 lead going into the fourth. Hield led the Kings with 20 points despite shooting 2-11 from deep, Bogi had 19 points and seven assists, Bjelica had 14 points and nine rebounds and Richaun Holmes chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds on 5-6 shooting.

Yogi Ferrell gave some good minutes early in the fourth as the Kings kept a good lead for the most of the quarter. Bogi made two big time threes to keep the lead intact and Holmes continuously gave effort to win the 50/50 balls. Portland went on a 11-2 run to make the game close at 98-93, but the Kings answered with threes from Bjelica and Cory Joseph, and then a left-handed layup from Barnes to make it 106-97. Sacramento would close it out and move to 4-6!

Best Players

Bogdan Bogdanovic needed to step up after the De’Aaron Fox injury and he did just that. Bogi controlled the game when the ball was fed to him, scoring 25 points from everywhere on the floor and providing 10 assists to teammates. His four first half steals came in handy, too.

Nemanja Bjelica has been as solid as a rock all season and that continued today with a 19 point, 12 rebound, four assist showing. He made 3-7 threes as well.

Buddy Hield couldn’t hit many good looks tonight, but still came away with 20 points to go with four rebounds and one assist. His defense on McCollum was not great, but here’s to hoping Buddy lights up the Lakers which will be a tough task because of Danny Green.

Richaun Holmes does what he needs to do and does it well. Scores the easy looks and gets in position to win effort battles on both ends. Another solid 11 point, 10 rebound game for Holmes along with two blocks.

Harrison Barnes didn’t have any first half points and minimal impact elsewhere, but the second half switched things up for the forward. Barnes would finish with 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Another player doing what is needed and getting paid big money to do it well.

Notable Stats

Both teams shot 44.2% from the field. 34-77 for Portland, 38-86 for Sacramento.

Sacramento shot 20-26 from the stripe, good for 76.9%. That needs to go up to 80% on a more consistent basis.

Kings had more rebounds at 46-40 and more assists at 24-15. They also won the fast break battle 17-9.

Next Game

The Kings will go to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers this Friday at 7:30 p.m. PST. The Lakers will be playing tomorrow against the Golden State Warriors.

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