DeMar DeRozan’s 25 points and a season-high nine assists were too much for the Sacramento Kings to overcome. The purple and white fell 102-87 to the Raptors in the Golden 1 Center today.
In what has become somewhat expected every game, the Kings’ starters struggled to a tune of a 17-2 deficit to open the game. But a burst from the second unit cut the lead to 22-17 at the end of the period.
The second quarter was much of the same. Strong play from the bench and poor shooting from starters. As a result, the Kings went into the half down 54-46 despite 14 points from Buddy Hield on 6-8 shooting. The Kings overall shot 49% but turned the ball over 12 times.
A good start to the third quarter was quickly done in by Sacramento’s five turnovers in the period, and Toronto went into the fourth up 79-67.
The fourth period was no different. Sacramento lost every quarter, and their alarming amount of turnovers was a key reason why. Sacramento actually shot 48% for the game, which is solid, but the lopsided score is a result of the Kings’ 21 turnovers.
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