The Sacramento Kings beat the Portland Trailblazers Sunday night at home without their two best players, Tyreke Evans and Demarcus Cousins. Both Cousins and Evans lead the team in scoring and assists per game, respectively, but Sacramento found a way to win without their two young stars.
The Kings had a season-high 31 assists and shot a season-high from the field, shooting at a clip of 56 percent.
The Kings had six players in double figures, as they shared the ball extremely well, leading to lots of open shots. John Salmons lead the team in assists with seven, and Aaron Brooks added six and Isaiah Thomas added five.
The Kings had a very balanced scoring night, as four of the five starters scored in double-digits. Marcus Thornton lead the Kings in scoring with 22 points. Thornton also added four assists and two steals.
Sacramento is off until Wednesday when they will play the Blazers for the fourth and final time this season. The Kings will have several issues this holiday season from Cousins’s suspension to Tyreke Evans’s reoccurring knee issues.
If the Kings can get their two young stars back and ready to play team basketball, there are several good possibilities and a lot of season left to show that they can still be a competitive team in the West.