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Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5), left, and middle Domantas Sabonis (10) watch the ultimate minutes of the King’s 113-95 loss to the Toronto Raptors on the NBA basketball sport Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, at Golden 1 Heart in Sacramento.

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Some Kings followers had been pissed off as a result of they couldn’t see Wednesday’s sport in opposition to the Toronto Raptors. Others had been pissed off as a result of they may.

Tv viewers throughout the Sacramento area complained through social media when, for the second time in 48 hours, unexplained broadcast points prevented NBC Sports activities California from airing a lot of the primary half. Those that attended the sport weren’t very glad both.

Pascal Siakam posted 26 factors, 11 rebounds and 7 assists to steer the Raptors to a 113-95 victory over the Kings earlier than a sellout crowd of 17,767 at Golden 1 Heart.

“They only flat-out kicked our ass,” Kings coach Mike Brown stated. “Their size, their athleticism, their switchability and their ball strain, their physicality sped us up and we didn’t do an incredible job of dealing with that in any respect.”

Treasured Achiuwa got here off the bench to attain 19 factors for the Raptors (22-27), who opened a seven-game street journey with a formidable victory. Fred VanVleet added 17 factors. Gary Trent Jr. had 16.

Kevin Huerter scored 19 factors to steer the Kings (27-20), who’re nonetheless third within the Western Convention as they set out on a seven-game street journey. De’Aaron Fox had 16 factors and eight assists. Domantas Sabonis completed with 9 factors, eight rebounds and 9 turnovers as his franchise-record streak of 23 consecutive double-doubles got here to an finish.

Sabonis, who’s taking part in with an avulsion fracture in his proper thumb and a reduce on his left center finger, has dedicated a complete of 17 turnovers over the previous two video games. Brown was requested if the accidents have gotten extra bothersome for Sabonis.

“Simply watching the sport or teaching the sport, it doesn’t appear like it,” Brown stated. “One of many issues we all the time preach is, play off of two toes, and generally he jumps within the air. And whenever you bounce within the air, you’re prone to getting a cost or your prone to, OK, groups know he needs to move, and so we sort of noticed this at Golden State with Draymond (Inexperienced) at occasions.

“The great groups will act like they’re coming to defend Dray after which they’re spraying out to the 3-point shooters, so Domas simply has to know, he could have to complete performs, however off of two toes or come to a bounce cease and pivot, hit the open man just a little earlier than what he’s doing. However by way of if the reduce’s bothering him or if the thumb is bothering him, I don’t know.”

The Kings shot 47.9% from the sector and made 13 of 32 (.406) from 3-point vary, however they dedicated 19 turnovers. The Raptors outscored the Kings 58-42 on factors within the paint and 18-2 on second-chance factors.

Sacramento’s bench struggled with Trey Lyles, Malik Monk, Davion Mitchell, Chimezie Metu and Richaun Holmes combining for 23 factors on 7-of-23 taking pictures. Achiuwa and Chris Boucher mixed for 35 factors off the bench for Toronto.

Monk stated the Kings have the physicality to match groups just like the Raptors – even when they didn’t have it on this sport.

“We positively have it,” Monk stated. “We’ve simply acquired to return out of the gate and hit first. We’ve acquired to cease getting hit within the mouth first. I feel we try this just a little an excessive amount of and we have to exit and hit first.”

The Raptors led 24-23 on the finish of the primary quarter. They went up by as many as 9 earlier than carrying a 58-50 lead into the halftime break.

Followers watching at dwelling missed the primary quarter and many of the second quarter as NBC Sports activities California labored to resolve broadcast points. Followers additionally missed the primary quarter of Monday’s 133-100 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, when the Kings made 12 3-pointers to tie the NBA document for 3-point objectives in 1 / 4.

The Raptors led the Kings by as many as 20 within the third quarter. The Kings reduce the deficit to 12 on a pair events within the fourth quarter, however they couldn’t get any nearer.

This story was initially revealed January 25, 2023 11:29 PM.

Jason Anderson is an award-winning sportswriter for The Sacramento Bee. He began his journalism profession at The Bee greater than 20 years in the past and returned to cowl the Sacramento Kings in September 2018.

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