Day 11 of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas saw the final game of the tournament as the No. 8 seed Sacramento Kings took on the No. 14 seed Houston Rockets in the Championship Game. If this game was any indication, both of these teams have some great young potential moving into the regular season.
Houston Rockets 68, Sacramento Kings 77
The first half of the game made for a great deal of competition as Sacramento took a 36-34 lead into the locker room after being down by as much as nine points throughout the half. Both teams had some big upsides with Donatas Motiejunas of the Rockets and Ray McCallum of the Kings both tallying 10 points in the half. Nik Stauskas also took an eight-point performance into the break for the Kings, while Nick Johnson put up seven points for the Rockets. Overall, the half saw a great deal of competition as the lead changed hands many times and neither team was able to get on too big of a hot streak.
The Kings rode a 19-point second half by Ray McCallum to put the Rockets away and win the championship. McCallum finished the game with 29 points to outscore the next-highest player on either team by 12 to take home the game MVP award. The Kings seemed to put everything together in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Rockets 27-16 to take their largest lead of the game at 9 points. Overall, both teams showed that they have what it takes to compete and should bring some confidence into the season knowing that they have a good group of talent.
This marks the second consecutive year that a California team has taken home the Summer League title after the Golden State Warriors won last year. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive even made an appearance in Las Vegas to accept the Championship Trophy. Ranadive called the Kings’ win the first step on the way to bigger things and said that he believed one day the Kings would win an NBA Championship.
Photo Credit:Sacramento Kings Twitter/@SacramentoKings
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