The Sacramento Kings played a great game tonight in Utah, but were unable to hang on in the final minutes, as they were playing in the penalty for the last five minutes of the game. The Kings showed their youth with little fouls, and were unable to maintain their composure in the final minutes.
The Kings gave themselves a chance of tying the game at 102 with 12.4 seconds to play. Gordon Hayward hit a shot at the top of key with 4.2 seconds left. The Kings were unaware they didn’t have a timeout left, and by the time they inbounded the ball the Jazz players had already managed to get set. James Johnson recieved the inbound pass, dribbled the length of the court; but was unable to finish in the final seconds.
The Kings cannot be entirely critical on themselves. They showed their youth, and couldn’t hold on to a ten point lead with almost five minutes to play. Marcus Thornton scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, hitting most of the Kings’ biggest shots.
The Kings can’t let spend too much time thinking about tonights loss to the Jazz, as they will have a chance to get it right back as they play Jazz at Sleep Train Arena tomorrow night.