Sacra­mento can’t catch Rap­tors in 124-120 loss

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By James Pa­trick

TORONTO — The Sacra­mento Kings took knock­out blow after knock­out blow from the Toronto Rap­tors on Wed­nes­day night; thing was, the Kings didn’t land any hay­mak­ers of their own.

The de­fend­ing NBA cham­pi­ons slugged their way to a 124120 win over the Kings be­hind 24 points from Kyle Lowry, 23 from Pas­cal Si­akam and 21 from Serge Ibaka. Har­ri­son Barnes had 26 points to lead the Kings while Bog­dan Bog­danovic scored 22 and Buddy Hield had 21. The Kings hit 20 of 43 3-point­ers to hang with the Rap­tors.

But the Rap­tors knew how to close out a win. In the fourth quar­ter, Lowry drained 3s and

Ibaka had a thun­der­ing dunk as the Rap­tors never let the Kings come within a bas­ket of the lead.

Barnes hit a 3 with a minute to go to draw the Kings within four, but they were un­able to get any closer.

The Rap­tors were red hot in the first half, shoot­ing at a 70% clip for much of the first 24 min­utes. They also hit 17 of 19 free throws. But for the first time this sea­son, the Kings didn’t let the game get out of hand while the other team was rolling. Though they shot just 43% in the first half, the Kings trailed just 66-58. Pin that on of­fen­sive re­bounds, as Sacra­mento nabbed seven of­fen­sive boards in the first half. Toronto, which made vir­tu­ally ev­ery shot, had just two.

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