What we learned when Kings’ winning streak ends in loss to Hawks originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
SACRAMENTO — For the first time in two weeks, the Kings’ victory lightning will not light up the Sacramento sky Wednesday night.
Sacramento trailed the Hawks 72-57 at the half, and despite putting together a six-point game in the third quarter, was unable to recover from the early deficit.
De’Aaron Fox, who before this game was averaging 25.9 points on 55.5 percent shooting from the field and 40.8 percent from deep, along with averaging 6.4 assists and 5.0 rebounding this season, he finished with 18 points on 35 percent shooting from the field and 20 percent from 3-point range in the loss.
He scored three points in the first half.
Fox stepped up in the second half, but the Kings couldn’t keep up. bring young and the Falcons.
With Fox unable to lead his team to victory for the first time since the winning streak began, the Kings needed someone to take charge of the court. It was Monk Malik and Trey Lyes, who brought the energy off the bench early on for Sacramento.
Monk finished with a season-high and team-high 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field and 3-of-7 from deep. Lyles added 12 points.
Domantas Sabonis he finished with a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds and had seven assists.
Here are three takeaways from the Sacramento loss.
Historic winning streak ends
The Kings entered the 2022-23 NBA season with a new head coach and one goal in mind: make the playoffs.
It’s something they haven’t been able to do in 16 seasons, an NBA record.
But the changes, both big and small, made by coach Mike Brown have already had an impact on the 916. A culture that was absent for a long, long time has been reestablished in Sactown. A purple lightning bolt was created to represent each Kings win. Fans pack the Golden 1 Center like it’s the postseason.
And then the Kings won seven straight games for the first time since 2004.
Wednesday was their chance to win eight straight games for the first time since November 2003, but those efforts fell short.
Your victory ray will not light up for the first time in 14 days.
The Kings looked absolutely lost on defense in the first half and were basically catching up the rest of the game.
In the first two quarters, Atlanta shot 66.7 percent from the field and took advantage of Sacramento’s eight sloppy and sloppy turnovers in the first half. The Hawks turned the ball over three times during that span.
After four quarters of basketball, Atlanta shot 44.6 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three.
mitchell davionThe pressure on the ball and the Kings’ defensive efforts have helped the Kings win big games this season. He brought that same energy to the defensive end on Wednesday, but it still wasn’t enough.
The Kings had no answers for Trae Young. The young star finished with 33 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from the 3-point line. He also dished out seven assists.
Huerter’s return to the ATL
Kevin Huerter returned to State Farm Arena for the first time since being traded to Sacramento on July 6.
Huerter called Atlanta home for four seasons, but he has a new home in Sacramento and is making the most of it. The sharpshooter is averaging 16.7 points on an incredible 50.5 percent shooting from the field and 50.0 percent from behind the arc.
But it seemed that nerves got the better of him in front of his old team.
He finished the game with 13 points on 4 of 10 field goals and 3 of 7 on deep and missed shots that he always makes. He also had five assists and three rebounds.
It was the second game in a row, so fatigue certainly could have played a role in the loss for Huerter and the rest of the team.
Huerter will have a chance for revenge on January 4 against his former team. Let’s hope next time it’s a different result for Sacramento.