Throughout the first half of the season, the Sacramento Kings have had a surprising amount of success. Still, in the second half of the season, they have been dominating their competition.
Their first game back after the All-Star break was against the Los Angeles Clippers, a rising club in their own right with the addition of new player Russell Westbrook. Both of them were apprehensive about losing this opportunity. Both continued to make difficult shots throughout the game.
Malik Monk lights out for the Kings throughout the game and hits the first significant shot. Monk sank an image from the corner to level the score at 153 and force overtime in the game when he was down by three points.
Both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard had terrific chances for a game-winning shot in overtime. Still, they both missed their opportunities, which resulted in the game going into a second overtime period. At that point, there was no longer any chance of success.
Monk and De’Aaron Fox were out of their minds as they continued smashing huge shot after oversized jumper for Sacramento. Fox’s classic mid-range J was ultimately the game-winning shot with 36 seconds remaining to play. By the end of the game, he had 42 points.
Westbrook had an outstanding first game with the Clippers, finishing with 17 points and 14 assists while playing for them. Leonard (44 points) and PG (34 points) earned theirs.
The night belonged to Monk, though. He came off the bench and scored 45 points, shooting exceptionally well and making 62 percent of his field goals. Six of his twelve efforts from beyond the arc were successful for him.
Not only did Monk have a monumental night, but the game also reached several vital landmarks on the same evening. It was the second-highest-scoring game in NBA history (176-175) and was just the second time in NBA history that both teams scored more than 170 points. Both teams tallied 176 points in the game.
The Kings and the Clippers shot 33 three-pointers throughout the game, which equaled the NBA record for most made in a single contest.
The stats were so astonishing that they made your mouth drop, and the vital moments made your pulse race:
This time, against the Houston Rockets, Klay Thompson came out swinging like he was ready to fight. Thompson tore down the rim and tied his season best with 12 three-pointers made throughout the game.
Julius Randle was also in a groove against the Wizards and hit seven three-pointers while shooting perfectly from beyond the arc. He ended the game tied for his career-best in scoring with 46 points.
When we talk about being automatic, Devin Booker felt precisely that when he woke up. DBook finished the game against the Thunder with 25 points and one three-pointer made. The fact that he became the player with the most three-pointers in the history of the Suns club was the most significant aspect of the three-pointer.
As a result of all of the ailments that have plagued them since the beginning of the season, the Chicago Bulls are struggling this year. It seemed as if they had decided to vent their fury on the helpless Brooklyn Nets.
Using a revamped starting lineup that included Patrick Beverley, the Bulls came out swinging and didn’t let up against the Nets. When the fourth quarter began, the score was 97-51. Yikes. Even if the final score of 131–87 seemed more respectable, the game nevertheless smelled like a thrashing.
The Milwaukee Bucks ranked first in the Eastern Conference and have won 13 games without much fanfare. This is an important fact to bring up. When fully fit, they have the potential to be the most dangerous squad in the league at the moment; they are a deadly team operating in covert mode.