Playing at more than 7,000 feet of elevation in Mexico City, the Sacramento Kings looked gassed from the opening tip, and the Boston Celtics took full advantage. The team in green led by as many as 26 on their way to a 114-97 win over a winded Kings team.
The Celtics starting backcourt of Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley lit the Kings up for a combined 41 points on 15-for-29 shooting. The duo added a total of 10 assists, nine rebounds and seven steals as they manhandled the Kings all night long.
Jae Crowder added 20 points on 4-of-9 shooting from downtown and big man Kelly Olynyk chipped in 21 off coach Brad Stevens bench.
Rajon Rondo struggled to get his game going and in the third quarter, he picked up a technical foul for arguing with official Bill Kennedy. Moments later, Kennedy tossed Rondo from the game for staring him down as the Kings night spun out of control.
Rudy Gay was one of the few effective Sacramento players, finishing with 18 points and seven rebounds on the night. DeMarcus Cousins dropped in 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but he shot just 4-for-17 from the field and turned the ball over four times.
The Kings couldn’t stop the Celtics on the defensive end, allowing Boston to shoot 47.6 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from behind the arc. On the offensive side, they failed to protect the ball, finishing with 19 turnovers on the night and shot just 37.7 percent from the field.
STANDOUT PERFORMER -- The Kings know Isaiah Thomas as well as any team in the league and that didn’t stop the dynamic scoring point guard from drilling his former club. Thomas scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half. He added nine assists, six rebounds and four steals in 32 minutes of action.
TURNING POINT -- Sacramento lost this game in the opening minutes of the game when they came out listless and the Celtics ran them off the floor.
INJURY UPDATE -- Omri Casspi missed his first game of the season with a bout of gastroenteritis. He is expected back in uniform for the back-to-back over the weekend.
WHAT'S NEXT -- The Sacramento Kings leave Mexico City Friday morning and head to Houston to take on the Rockets Saturday night in the first game of a road back-to-back. They return to the court Sunday evening in Oklahoma City as they face off with Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and the Thunder.