Kings’ better effort can’t erase mistakes in crushing loss to Hornets

Pricey late errors doom Kings in squashing loss to Hornets initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

SACRAMENTO — All losses injure, however some feel even worse than others.

The Kings melted down Sunday night at Golden 1 Center, losing 127-126 to the Charlotte Hornets after leading by 8 points with 1:13 staying.

“We made some mistakes,” coach Luke Walton stated in a postgame video conference. “That’s a painful loss, I feel for our guys, they really left it all out there tonight, other than being able to close out the game.”

All of it began innocently enough. Harrison Barnes ripped through 3 Hornets and tossed down a relentless dunk to provide the Kings a 123-115 lead.

From this minute on, whatever failed for Sacramento.

De’Aaron Fox bricked a set of totally free tosses that would have put the Kings up 10 with simply over a minute staying. Marvin Bagley missed out on a set of giveaways minutes later on.

“It hurts, we had the game where we needed and it came down to us getting to the free throw line,” Fox stated. “We missed and they made some big plays.”

With the Kings up 123-118 with 33.9 seconds staying, Barnes fouled Terry Rozier on a 3-pointer. The veteran guard tore down all 3 to move the Hornets within 2.

Fox struck a floater to press the Kings lead back to 4 points with 23.9 seconds staying, however P.J. Washington, who scored a career-high 42 points, drilled a 3 to make it a one-point video game with 17 seconds staying.

Friend Hield went back to the court after rolling his ideal ankle, however missed out on one out of 2 totally free tosses with 10.7 seconds staying to provide Sacramento a 126-124 lead.

Charlotte inbounded the ball and it wound up in the hands of Malik Monk. The previous Kentucky star took Cory Joseph to the rack, struck the layup and was fouled by Richaun Holmes with 1.4 seconds staying. Unlike the Kings’ gamers, Monk struck the totally free toss to provide the Hornets the lead.

“It’s painful and it should be,” Walton stated. “We played a pretty good game most of the night tonight. You’ve got to be able to close it out and we did a very poor job of that in the final minute tonight.”

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Fox. Bagley. Barnes. Hield. Holmes. All 5 beginners, 4 of whom had actually scored 20 or more points in the video game, made vital mistakes in the last 1:09 of a one-point loss.

“We should have won that game,” Bagley stated. “ … I don’t think there’s much to say. We had the game until that point, and we missed free throws and allowed those things to happen. I don’t know what else to really say about it.”

Losses take place. The Kings understand that effectively in their newest stretch of video games where they’ve lost 10 out of 11. However this one stings.

The Kings were aiming to construct some momentum after getting a win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday, however Sacramento began the incorrect side of its margin of mistake Sunday.

“We saw [in Detroit] how razor thin the line is between winning and losing and walking out of that game with a win and then coming out of this game with a loss — it’s tough,” Barnes stated.

There can’t be finger pointing following a video game like this. Or perhaps there might be 5 or 6 men pointing at each other at the very same time. The group has no option however to turn the page and begin getting ready for the Los Angeles Lakers, who roll into Sacramento Wednesday night.

This is another frustrating loss in a season of frustrating losses. If absolutely nothing else, a close video game like this can supply a plan forward, unlike many of the uneven beats in the very first half of the season.

The effort existed. The Kings played with force. In the end, they didn’t perform down the stretch and everybody is to blame for another hard loss.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.