All through the season, the Kings are by no means higher than when Richaun Holmes is on the courtroom (virtually web impartial), and by no means worse than when he’s off of it. And it was Holmes who carried Sacramento to its second straight win on the street, because the Kings received over the Celtics, 107-96. That is the workforce’s first win in Boston since 2007.
Holmes was all over the place for the Kings, dominating as a scorer within the paint, defending the basket on the opposite finish, and even banking in a 3 with the shot clock expiring within the fourth to maintain Sacramento head for good. Holmes completed the sport with 25 factors, 11 rebounds, and three blocks, and set a profession excessive with free throw makes (9) and makes an attempt (11).
The Kings didn’t lead wire to wire, however they got here shut. They had been in a position to rating at will in opposition to the Celtics with their new beginning lineup, carving up the Boston protection within the paint after which benefiting from Buddy Hield’s 3-point capturing.
Holmes led each groups with 13 first-half factors, as he made 4-of-5 subject objectives and all 5 of his free throws. He used his energy and a few nifty strikes within the paint, together with his up and below, to get previous the Celtics. Harrison Barnes was equally efficient on the basket and was the sport’s main rebounder with seven within the first half.
The second unit, now together with Justin James because the wing off the bench, stored the momentum going and constructed the lead all the way in which as much as 15 within the second quarter with a James dunk on a quick break.
Probably the most spectacular a part of the primary half was Sacramento’s protection. They held the Celtics to 37.5 capturing from the sphere, together with solely 5 3-point makes. Even with a comparatively small set of starters, the Kings perimeter gamers held up when switched onto Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Sacramento additionally outshot Boston 10-4 on the foul line.
Then, a well-recognized foe got here for the Kings, and it appeared just like the third quarter would possibly show to be their undoing for the workforce with the second-worst web ranking popping out of halftime. The Celtics wiped away a 13-point lead, tying the sport with below two to play within the interval.
However that third proved to be a blip for Sacramento, because the Kings as soon as once more proved their crunch-time prowess within the fourth. They restricted the Celtics to fifteen factors within the ultimate interval on 6-of-21 capturing whereas De’Aaron Fox alone had 10 factors. Boston held the lead at 91-90, however Fox hit a jumper proper afterwards, Holmes hit a 3 on the following possession, and the protection carried the Kings residence.
What a sequence for the Kings!
• Richaun Holmes will get beat off the dribble on the Tatum crossover
• Fox’s well timed rotation forces Tatum to decelerate, which supplies Holmes sufficient time to recuperate
• Superior rejection with out fouling
• Buddy Hield in transition, pulling up for 3 pic.twitter.com/yKGK8BCkrA
— Shane Younger (@YoungNBA) March 20, 2021
4 Kings scored in double figures and eight had been constructive in plus-minus. A lot of the commerce hypothesis heading into the deadline has concerned Sacramento and Boston, but it surely was arduous to look at this recreation and consider the Kings as sellers and the Celtics as consumers. Nonetheless, somebody will come calling for Holmes, Barnes, and the others. They simply hold rising their worth the extra Sacramento wins.