The Sacramento Kings played their home opener in their sparkling new Golden One Center last night before a sold out crowd against the San Antonio Spurs. Unfortunately for the Kings they couldn’t find their shot in the second half and fell to the Spurs, 102-94.
The evening got off to a raucous start with a construction worker that helped build the arena singing the national anthem. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive took center court and welcomed Kings fans to their new home, followed by a laser light show announcement of the Kings starting lineup.
The Kings took an early first quarter lead behind the strong play of Demarcus Cousins who finished with 37 points and 16 rebounds. The Spurs made a run late in the second quarter to end the half with the Kings up 57-53. The Kings got off to a good start in the 3rd quarter to take a 9 point lead. Then Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard made back to back steals to ignite the Spurs to finish the quarter on a 16-2 run and a 5 point lead to start the fourth quarter. The Spurs managed to take a 10 point early in the fourth before the Kings battled back behind new addition Aaron Afflalo and Cousins to tie the game. The Spurs used their tenacious defense and forced the Kings to take some tough shots that they were unable to hit and finished going away.
Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 30 points, who are 2-0 after blowing out Golden State on Tuesday. The Kings fell to 1-1 after an impressive road win against Phoenix the night before. Up next for the Kings is a game Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.