The Sacramento Kings sure didn’t look like a 23-43 team Wednesday night.
They’re hoping they don’t look like one for the rest of the NBA season.
Tyreke Evans put on a show that stunned the Chicago Bulls and delighted his home team by scoring 26 points in a performance in which he could barely miss and was 11-of-13. He led a Kings squad that put on a shooting clinic for the fans in a 121-79 win.
It was a home game for the Kings but they were still playing a talented Bulls team that was no match this particular evening.
Evans said he wasn’t surprised with the performance and that the Kings played the way they’re capable of against the Bulls. He said it was a matter of having the desire every night and his team was physical for a change.
Sounds simple but it’s painfully true.
It would behoove the Kings, then, to get into the habit of performances like this and not expect anything less. Sacramento was up 65-36 at halftime and shot 58 percent from the floor. The Kings only turned the ball over once before break. Evans deserves most of the credit behind such an inspirational effort.
He also deserves credit for a strong stretch of Kings’ performances. The team has won two of its last three games and Evans deserves plenty of the credit. He had seven assists against the Bulls. In his previous two games, he had 20 points, three assists and two steals in a 115-113 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks and 25 points and five assists in a 121-112 win over the Phoenix Suns. He was rightfully criticized for six turnovers against Phoenix. But he apparently got the message and had only a combined four turnovers the past two games and a combined three steals.
With 16 games to play, the Kings will try to shoot for the mid-30 win mark, which would hopefully be a good momentum builder into next season.