Kings vs Magic Final Score: Best match in Vegas history?

This two and a half hour sudden death match between two of the top four picks lived up to the hype. The Sacramento Kings took on the Orlando Magic and the man picked three spots ahead of Keegan Murray, Paolo Banchero. Despite an inspired comeback, the Kings couldn’t claim victory, losing to the Magic by a score of 94-92.

A real nail biter, it was a very exciting game of the tip. After dropping nearly 20 points in the fourth quarter, the Kings were able to force overtime after a Banchero turnover led to a 3-point Murray that beat the buzzer.

Tied 87-87, Keon Ellis drove for the win but was denied at the rim by former Stockton King Emanuel Terry to force a sudden death. After the Magic won the tip, Banchero returned the ball again. The Kings again chose Ellis to drive, although this time he passed it to Neemias Queta who is then blocked by Banchero after a lengthy review.

In the end, Terry called the game with a tough layup.

Throughout the match, the two Summer League stars often defended themselves and gave the fans the spectacle they had come to see. Banchero had a number of scoring plays and finished with 23 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks, showing everyone why he was selected No. 1.

Murray quietly had a great game and let the league know why he deserved to be the No. 1 pick. He walked away with 20 points, shooting 4 of 8 of 3 while continuing to show his great ability to grab the boards with a game-high tying 9 rebounds.

Both players, however, struggled with turnovers. Banchero finished with eight while Murray totaled five.

Although most of the attention was fixed on the top picks, they weren’t the only ones impacting the floor. Queta has continued to shine and has shown a lot of growth since last season. His defensive presence at the rim and his ability to score inside and as a lob threat made him stand out among the top picks. He finished with a game-high 23 points, along with 8 rebounds and a whopping 3 to keep the Kings alive late in the fourth. Ellis also continued to shine, this time on offense. He shot 5 of 6 from three and finished with 15 points, third on the Kings, as well as 4 assists.

Despite the loss, it was a successful night in some ways. The Summer League is meant to show what your new/young players are capable of before fully establishing their role in the regular season. The trio of Murray, Queta and Ellis showed a lot of heart as well as their talented game. Nothing will impress a coach more. The Summer League Kings are unmissable.

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