The Sacramento Kings were looking to bounce back from their loss against the Indiana Pacers, which took place Wednesday night and ended with a final score of 92-101. The loss was their 36th of the season, and if they really wanted to build some momentum after the All-Star break, they needed to come out with a victory against the Boston Celtics last night.
Thanks to the stellar play of Isaiah Thomas, who went on to score 21 points with an incredible 12 assists, the Kings were able to get the win they desperately needed, beating the Celtics with a final score of 105-98. Thomas, one of the premiere point guards in the league, was able to find his rhythm early in the game, and he proved pivotal late in the fourth quarter. He was able to make six straight free throw shots, which secured the win for the Kings.
The Celtics were without their lead scorers Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger, and they seemed a little out of sync on both ends of the floor. In fact, tempers boiled over as Boston’s coach Brad Stevens and Gerald Wallace were ejected from the game with just seconds left in the fourth quarter. It seemed like the Celtics were taking their frustrations out on the wrong people, something that was not the case for the Kings.
Just like the Celtics, the Kings were also down a pivotal player, as Jason Terry didn’t play in last night’s game. This didn’t seem to be a factor though, as Thomas was able to rally the troops and keep the Kings ahead of the Celtics for the entire game. Thomas is proving to be one of the better point guards in the league, and if the Kings can implement him more into their offensive strategy, they have a great shot at turning their season around.