Preseason: Kings Top Lakers 103-98 in Dwight Howard’s Debut

Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks

In tonight’s matchup, the Sacramento Kings played the Los Angeles Kings for the second time in three nights, and have won both.

Tonight’s matchup, however, was encompassed by the return of Dwight Howard. His season-ending back issues, leading to his back surgery last year have masked most of the movement of this superstar. Well tonight, Dwight Howard looked good. He played 32 minutes and recorded a double-double in his first game as a Laker. He was 8-12 for 10 points and had 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

Howard’s 5 turnovers however all led to Sacramento Kings points, but than the turnovers, Howard seemed to be back to himself, but if he wants to win a championship he must learn to contribute more than just ally-oop dunks.

Kings head coach Keith Smart ended up going with his fourth different lineup this preseason, starting Tyreke Evans at shooting guard, and giving rookie Thomas Robinson the nod. Smart continued to show faith in newly acquired James Johnson at small forward. Aaron Brooks had a tremendous game off the bench going 4 of 5 from the field, 7 of 7 from the free throw line, scoring 16 points, but only had 2 assists. DeMarcus Cousins had an effective night while battling foul trouble. Tyreke Evans had a good night but is still trying to find a jumpshot. The Kings played well down the strech and found a way to play team basketball in a very tough Staples Center environment.

The Sacramento Kings have two more preseason games, and after not giving his core players time to rest tonight, the last two preseason games may allow the younger players to get more minutes, and coach Keith Smart to continue to assess what his team will look like going into the regular season. He must make tough roster decisions before the Kings play the Chicago Bulls October 31st to open the regular season.

Topics: Aaron Brooks, DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard, Isaiah Thomas, James Johnson, Jason Thompson, Keith Smart, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Marcus Thornton, Sacramento Kings, Steve Nash, Tyreke Evans

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