THE SACRAMENTO KINGS HAVE WON 40 GAMES. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
Hey, remember this great moment of fun from the preseason?
Kings fans didn’t know how to act after winning two summer league games
“WE’RE GETTING 40 WINS THIS YEAR” pic.twitter.com/yHplVfHnR5
— SB Nation (@SBNation) July 3, 2022
Turns out Sean Chew and his friends weren’t just overhyped fans enjoying Keegan Murray, they were prophets.
WE DID IT YALLLLLL pic.twitter.com/6c3gncQUg3
— Sean Chew (@chewislin) March 12, 2023
The Sacramento Kings secured their 40th win of the season tonight, defeating the Phoenix Suns 128-119 in a contest that was neck-and-neck until the very end. The Kings had solid contribution from the whole squad, with seven players finishing with double-digit scoring, but despite the usual De’Aaron Fox heroics (18 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds), this will be known as the Kessler Edwards Game.
Devin Booker was going off in the first quarter, with 10 points when the Kings as a team has scored just 6 points. Mike Brown subbed in Kessler Edwards, and the tide of the game shifted. Edwards ended up playing 26 minutes tonight after playing just 29 minutes for the Kings up to this point. Edwards finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal and a ton of great defensive effort. Devin Booker has always given the Kings fits, and he still ended the night with a game-high 28 points, but Edwards frustrated Booker and made him earn every bucket.
It’s worth taking a moment to remember that the Kings acquired Edwards in a salary dump from the Brooklyn Nets, in which the Nets PAID THE KINGS to take Edwards. He’s a 22 year old win who plays defense, grabs rebounds, and was able to contribute on the offensive end, including a huge three in final minutes of the game.
There’s so much more I could say about this game, but really the biggest thing is winning the 40th game of the season. It’s a benchmark the Kings haven’t hit in the 16 years of the playoff drought. Mike Brown becomes only the second coach in Sacramento Kings history to win 40 games in a season, joining Rick Adelman.
Go nuts, Kings fans. We won 40 games.