It had been more than two weeks since the Kings had played at home.
And Saturday night's game was unlike any other home game this season.
Fans targeted Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz as part of the "Here We Buy" movement to keep the Kings in Sacramento. The goal was to put as many fans as possible inside Sleep Train Arena to let the NBA know the Kings are wanted and supported by the region.
So Kings coach Keith Smart passed along this message to his team.
"Let's go out and put a show on," he said.
The Kings did just that.
The announced crowd of 16,193 saw the Kings play the type of basketball they hadn't displayed for the better part of a month in a 120-109 win over the Jazz.
The Kings were coming off a season-high six-game trip on which they went 1-5. They lost the last four games, capped by an overtime defeat Monday at Utah.
Smart said he wanted the Kings to impress the fans and show what they had worked on in two full-contact practices leading up to the game.
The offense featured teamwork. The Kings didn't come out flat, and they exhibited the energy most expected them to play with every night.
Inspired Kings defeat Jazz
Sacramento Bee | Feb 10