When called upon, Harrison Barnes answered with authority.
A veteran presence and a leader on and off the court, Barnes delivered a big game Wednesday night in the Kings' season-opening 124-121 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center.
Scoring a career-high 36 points and pulling down nine rebounds while shooting 10 of 19 from the field, Barnes' 3-point shooting (a career-high 8 makes on 11 attempts) helped stave off a late Blazers comeback attempt.
Harrison Barnes of the @SacramentoKings is the first NBA player to score 35+ points with no turnovers and no personal fouls in a season opener since turnovers were first tracked beginning in 1977-78.— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) October 21, 2021
Entering his 10th season in the NBA, 29-year-old Barnes was challenged in the offseason by Kings coach Luke Walton, who called on the forward to be more aggressive.
“I was happy," Walton told reporters after the win. "One of the things I've challenged Harrison on all summer -- even into last year -- we need him to be aggressive. I don’t mean that as go 1-on-1 and take a bunch of shots. I challenged Harrison, I want him to get up eight 3s a night. He’s a very good shooter, and there’s no reason he can’t make those shots. We needed all those points tonight.
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