Instant Replay: Kings start road trip strong with blowout of Nets

Instant Replay: Kings start road trip strong with blowout of Nets


The road is where the heart is? After a 2-3 homestand, the Kings kicked off their six-game road trip the right way in Brooklyn Sunday evening. Sacramento used a big third quarter push to run away from the Nets for a 122-105 victory to improve to 7-10 on the season.

DeMarcus Cousins struggled from the perimeter early, but dropped in a big 18 points in the third on his way to another huge performance. Cousins finished the night with 37 points, 11 rebounds and four steals in his key matchup against Brook Lopez. 

Rudy Gay got his teammates going before taking center stage himself. He managed to score 22 points, grab eight rebounds and dish out eight assists in a near triple-double performance. 

For the second straight game, Dave Joerger turned to Omri Casspi off his bench and the 28-year-old forward made an impact. Casspi dropped in two 3-balls and a bunny in the lane for eight points in nine minutes during the first half. The Kings needed an infusion of energy in the first half and Casspi delivered.

Darren Collison added 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting and Ty Lawson chipped in 13 points and four assists leading the second unit.

On the down side, Cousins picked up his sixth technical foul of the season in the third quarter. Matt Barnes picked up a Flagrant 2 and an instant ejection in the early fourth quarter and Kosta Koufos added another technical in the fourth.

Sean Kilpatrick torched the Kings for 15 of his team-high 22 points in the first half, but he was not a factor late as the Kings pulled away.

Lopez did a yeoman's job on Cousins early in the game, but had no answer in the third. The 7-footer finished the night with 17 points on 5-for-15 shooting and added seven rebounds. 

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting and Randy Foye kicked in nine off the bench for the 4-12 Nets. 


Casspi lit the fuse. Cousins was a beast. Gay had answers at every step. Collison hit the gas late. Lots of heroes in this game.


Sacramento came out with energy on the defensive end in the third quarter and the Nets had no chance. After trailing by 59-58 at the break, the Kings outscored the Nets 34-18 in the third to take a 15-point lead into the fourth. Brooklyn made a run in the mid-fourth quarter, but the Kings rode a 16-0 run to finish it off.


The Kings continued to navigate the schedule with a full roster of healthy bodies.


Sacramento continues their six-game road trip out East with a back-to-back on Monday night against the Washington Wizards.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.

Joerger faces tough decision with Bogdanovic out vs Pistons


Joerger faces tough decision with Bogdanovic out vs Pistons

SACRAMENTO -- It’s time for some home cooking. The Sacramento Kings open a six-game homestand Monday night at Golden 1 Center. They’ll host a struggling Detroit Pistons team that has lost three straight and seven of their last eight.

The Kings battled the Utah Jazz all the way down the wire Saturday evening at Vivint Smart Home Arena, before falling in the final minute. Buddy Hield put up 20-plus points for his third straight game to lead Sacramento.

Detroit looked like a playoff team for much of the season and then the wheels fell off their bus. They have plenty of talent, but so far, they are struggling to find chemistry since acquiring All-Star Blake Griffin at the deadline.

Pistons by 3.5

Skal Labissiere vs. Blake Griffin -- The Kings have struggled to contain Griffin throughout his career. Whether he starts or not, second-year big Skal Labissiere is likely to see plenty of time against the high-scoring power forward. Labissiere is averaging 11.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 27 minutes a game in March. He needs to move his feet and avoid foul trouble against Griffin.

Kings: 23-48, fourth place in Pacific

Pistons: 30-39, fourth place in Central

Kings: SG Bogdan Bogdanovic (left hamstring soreness) out, SG/SF Iman Shumpert (knee rehab/plantar fasciitis) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season.

Pistons: PG Reggie Jackson (ankle) out, PF Jon Leuer (ankle) out.

Decisions, Decisions -- With Bogdanovic out for the evening, Dave Joerger has a tough choice to make. Does he elevate Hield into the starting lineup and disrupt his bench unit? Or does he start veteran Garrett Temple alongside De’Aaron Fox. Hield has earned a look with the starters, but he’s on fire with the second team.

Keep Fighting -- Plenty of fans want the Kings to lay down and preserve their spot in the NBA’s Draft Lottery. The Kings are trying to build a winning culture around a group of young players. They are developing an identity as the season heads towards its conclusion and there is no reason to let up.

Shoot the 3-ball -- The Kings trail only the Golden State Warriors in 3-point percentage. They hit 14-of-21 from behind the arc against the Jazz, but that’s not enough. The goal should be 30 threes per game from here on out. The team has the shooters, they just need to hoist it up more often.

The Pistons lead the season series 1-0 and are looking for the sweep. Detroit holds a 134-119 advantage over the Kings all-time and a 37-26 edge during the Sacramento-era.