National Basketball Association
Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Tip Off 19.30
Sacramento Kings 116 Oklahoma City Thunder 101, attendance 17,608
Kings Starters ;
DeMarcus Cousins, 36 pts, 13 reb, 2 ast,
Rudy Gay, 17 pts, 9 reb, 4 ast
Darren Collison, 21 pts, 6 ast
Aaron Afflalo, 8 pts, 1 reb, 4 ast
Matt Barnes, 0 pts, 4 reb, 5 ast, 1 blk
Playing Reserves ;
Garrett Temple, Ty Lawson, Ben McLemore, Kosta Koufos
Thunder Starters ;
Victor Oladipo, 18 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk
Andre Roberson, 10 pts, 5 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk
Russell Westbrook, 31 pts, 11 reb, 9 ast, 2 stl
Steven Adams, 11 pts, 4 reb, 2 blk
Domantas Sabonis, 4 pts, 3 ast, 1 stl
Playing Reserves ;
Jerami Grant, Enes Kanter, Anthony Morrow, Semaj Christon, Joffrey Lauvergne, Alex Abrines, Kyle Singler
@ Golden 1 Center
500, David J. Stern Walk
Sacramento, CA 95814
Admission $42 + $8.60 fees, Resale, Print at Home Ticket
Sacramento Kings are bucking the trend somewhat, moving from an out of town venue, to the brand new Golden 1 Center in the heart of downtown Sacramento. It is nice to see this in a way, but i have to say, considering it is the state capital, Sacramento is an absolutely awful place and very run down. The streets are crawling with homeless people, which certainly doesn’t help, and it could definitely benefit from a clean up.
We had flown in to San Francisco yesterday afternoon and after collecting a hire car it was a little over 2 hours drive, once you get through the clogged up roads of the Western Bay Area, to Sacramento. Having been into the city and seen the location of the arena, it was apparent that parking was at a premium, especially if you wanted the car to still be there after the game. No problem though, as it was possible to book online, with a walk of 0.7 miles to the arena, costing $10.
Golden 1 Center was opened on 30th September 2016 and cost $558.2 million to build. Capacity here is 17,608 and despite this being a ‘sell out’ it certainly wasn’t as there were loads of empty seats.
As for the game, something of a surprise home win. Thunder are finding it tough going to adapt to life without Kevin Durant, although Russell Westbrook is dragging them along single handedly and if he could only get some help then another shot at the play offs should easily be achieved. Kings could also make the play offs, especially if DeMarcus Cousins can turn in these sort of performances on a regular basis.