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Video: Kings’ Richaun Holmes submits early dunk of the year entry with Space Jam slam

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Richaun Holmes showed up for the Sacramento Kings on Monday night, as the 6-foot-10 big man provided a tremendous effort off the bench for his new squad. The 26-year-old recorded a game-high 24 points (on 10-of-14 shooting), 13 rebounds, a couple of blocks, and an early entry for this season’s dunk of the year:

Holmes absolutely caught a body on this play, and unfortunately for him, Denver Nuggets swingman Will Barton was on the wrong end of one emphatic highlight-reel dunk.

Despite his heroics, though, the Kings still ended up with the loss against a very strong Nuggets side, 101-94. Sacramento slid to 0-4 to start the new year, and to say that they have not had the best of starts to the new campaign would be an understatement. On the other hand, Tuesday’s victory makes it three in a row for the Nuggets, who remain one of the few unbeaten teams in the 2019-20 season.

For his part, this was Holmes’ first big game for the Kings. He was unable to surpass the 17-minute mark in his first three appearances for his new team, but with head coach Luke Walton looking for a spark from his bench, it was Holmes who stepped up on Tuesday. This resulted in a season-high 30 minutes played for the fifth-year big man.

Dewayne Dedmon, Sacramento’s starting center, had another forgettable evening on Tuesday, accounting for only four points, three rebounds, a steal, and a block in 17 minutes. He is still expected to start for the Kings for the time being, but it would not be surprising if Richaun Holmes is able to secure a more significant role in the rotation after this breakout performance.