Five Kings score in double-figures in nail-biting win over Nets
TWO IN A ROW
The drought is over. The Sacramento Kings hadn’t won a game on the second night of a back-to-back all season long. After beating the 76ers on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, they found a way to hold off the charging Brooklyn Nets to come away with the 104-99 victory at Barclays Center.
Sacramento blew a huge first half lead, but they found a way to hit shots and get stops when they needed them. For one of the few times this season, the starters outshined the bench, scoring 75 of the team’s 104 points on the night.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
The starting backcourt of George Hill and Bogdan Bogdanovic came to play. Hill chipped in 22 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from long range. Bogdanovic added 14 points and three rebounds in 33 minutes.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Zach Randolph continues to mystify. The 36-year-old ate the Nets alive from the opening tip, scoring 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting while adding eight rebounds in the win. Through the first 31 games of the season, Z-Bo is clearly the Kings MVP.
Randolph has put up plenty of numbers in his 17th NBA season. On Wednesday night in Brooklyn, he became the 43rd player in NBA history to grab 10,000 rebounds and only the 20th player in league history to notch 18,000 points and 10,000 rebounds.
Sacramento had a big lead early, but Brooklyn kept coming at them. With 11.1 seconds remaining and the Kings lead down to just two, Quincy Acy turned the ball over and the Kings found a way to sneak out a win at the free throw line.
De’Aaron Fox missed his second game of the road trip due to a right quadricep contusion and is day-to-day. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
The Kings fly home following the game in Brooklyn and have a two day break before hitting the floor again Saturday at Golden 1 Center. They’ll face the San Antonio Spurs before the Christmas holiday and then fly to Los Angeles for a matchup against the Clippers on Dec. 26.