The Sacramento Kings made it four straight wins when they dismantled the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night, 153-121. The win moves the Kings to 7-6 and puts them above the .500 marker for the first time this season.
This one got ugly rather quickly as the Kings poured it on in the first half and didn’t take their foot off the gas pedal in the third quarter. After building a 73-54 lead after 24 minutes of play, the Kings came out in the third quarter looking to put things away quickly. They did exactly that, dominating the third quarter by a a score of 42-28.
Despite losing rookie sensation Keegan Murray in the first half and not seeing him return at any point in the second half, the Kings had more than enough fire power without their rookie to bury the Nets. Murray wound up being the only starter to not finish the game in double digits. Three players off of the Kings bench reached at least ten points scored, including Terence Davis who erupted for a game high 31 points.
These aren’t the same old Sacramento Kings
The Kings are on a roll recently and they are getting it done night in and night out in a variety of different ways. A few key things have remained steady in their stretch of much imporved basketball, including elite perimeter shooting and the leadership of ascending superstar De’Aaron Fox.
Against the Nets, Fox ‘only’ had to score 14 points to go along with nine assists against just one turnover. He let his shooters do the rest as Davis scored 31, Kevin Huerter scored 19, Malik Monk chipped in 15 and veteran forward Harrison Barnes chipped in an efficient 16 of his own. Big man Domantas Sabonis added 17 points on 6-6 shooting to go along with his seven assists and seven rebounds.
This one was over before the third quarter ended and the Kings once again avoided allowing their opponenet to chip away at a big lead. The Kings never faltered in their energy and looked like a team hungry to bury the Nets as early as possible.
Bury them they did. Matthew Dellavedova was able to check in for the final eight minutes of this one and alongside the other end of the bench players he put up some solid counting stats in what was really garbage time.
The stadium was buzzing early and often in this one and it’s becoming quite clear these aren’t the same old Sacramento Kings. These Kings are playing a new brand of basketball and are capable of overwhelming their oponent on any given night. Tonight it was the Nets who got overwhelmed. A game ago it was the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The Kings will look to keep the good times rolling when they play the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.