Sunday, April 14, 2024

2024 Kings versus Trail Blazers

Larkin and I went to the Sacramento Kings versus Portland Trail Blazers NBA Basketball game. Over the years, he and I have tried to go to the first and last games of the season. With seating for the play-in games at stake, this was the last game of the season. The Kings were in good position to finish in the top six and return to the postseason this year before losing five of six games headed into the season finale.

The Kings led 65 to 37 at halftime and 99 to 58 at the end of the third quarter. They won the game by the score of 121 to 82. With the win and the Lakers win over the Pelicans, the Kings ended the season ninth in the Western Conference. They will host the Warriors on Tuesday night for the 9/10 play-in game. The winner will play the loser of the 7/8 play-in game for a spot in the playoffs.

De'Aaron Fox was the high scorer for the Kings. Fox had 24 points in 26 minutes. He was 10 for 14 from the field, 2 for 3 from three point range and 2 for 2 from the free throw line. The Kings pulled their starters in the fourth quarter and played fifteen different players.

Dalano Banton (?!?) was the high scorer for the Trail Blazers. Banton had 17 points on 6 for 26 from the field, 0 for 15 from three point range and 5 for 6 from the free throw line.

The Trail Blazers dressed only eight players. Due to injuries, the Blazers were missing 10 players who accounted for more than three-quarters of the team's points this season. Portland missed 21 of its first 22 attempts from 3-point range.

The Kings now have 5 wins and 2 losses in games that I have seen in person during the 2023-2024 season.

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