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Instant Replay: Kings come undone, lose to league-worst Nets

Instant Replay: Kings come undone, lose to league-worst Nets

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SACRAMENTO -- Coming into Wednesday’s matchup with the Sacramento Kings, the Brooklyn Nets hadn’t won a game since Jan. 20. That streak is now over as the Kings dropped their third straight game at home, this one by a final of 109-100. 

Sacramento had no answer for Brook Lopez. The 7-footer out of Stanford dropped in a team-high 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting and added eight rebounds in the win.

Jeremy Lin was limited by a minute restriction, but he still managed to score 17 points and hand out five assists for Brooklyn.

Rookie Isaiah Whitehead chipped in 14 points, while Caris LeVert finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Buddy Hield got hot from the corner, hitting 4-of-6 from long range on his way to 16 points. In four games with the Kings, the rookie shooting guard has scored in double-figures three times and is averaging 13.8 points per game.

Ty Lawson provided a spark off the bench, scoring 15 points and handing out nine of the Kings' 12 total assists. 

Rookie Skal Labissiere went for 10 points, five rebounds and blocked a shot in his first career start. The lanky 20-year-old was aggressive in his 15 minutes of action.  

Tyreke Evans tried to shoot the Kings back into the game late, scoring nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. 

We had an Arron Afflalo sighting. The veteran wing missed the previous three games with a hamstring injury. Dave Joerger started the 31-year-old and he got it going early, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the first quarter. 

Willie Cauley-Stein found some space late to finish with nine points and five rebounds and Darren Collison added 11 points and four rebounds.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Lopez was too much to handle in the post. When the Nets needed points late, they turned to the 7-footer and he delivered. 

TURNING POINT

Sacramento made a late run in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late. Brooklyn found a way to pull out the win, snapping their 16-game losing streak and winning for just the second time in 29 chances. 

INJURY UPDATE 

Afflalo returned after missing the previous three games with a sore hamstring. Lawson started the day as questionable with gastroenteritis, but he managed to shake off the illness and play solid minutes off the bench. Garrett Temple is out for another few games with a left hamstring tear, but he hopes to return early next week. Rookie Malachi Richardson is out 4-6 weeks with a right hamstring thickness tear, but hopes to return before the season is finished. Rudy Gay is out for the year with a torn left Achilles. 

WHAT'S NEXT 

The Kings finish their five-game homestand Sunday when the Utah Jazz travel to Golden 1 Center for a 3 p.m. start. Following the game against the Jazz, the Kings travel to Denver to face the Nuggets on the second night of a back-to-back. 

Kings takeaways: What we learned in 20-point road loss to Pelicans

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Kings takeaways: What we learned in 20-point road loss to Pelicans

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No luck in the Big Easy.

The Sacramento Kings played a highly competitive 20 minutes of basketball Friday night at Smoothie King Center, but in the NBA, you have to play a full 48. 

The New Orleans Pelicans hit the gas pedal and ran the Kings off the court from the late second quarter on, picking up a 149-129 win in their home opener. 

For the second consecutive game, Sacramento struggled on the defensive end, allowing New Orleans to torch the Kings for 58.9 percent shooting from the field and 51.6 percent from 3-point range. 

Nikola Mirotic and Anthony Davis put up huge numbers, but it was a team effort as eight players scored in double figures for the Pelicans. 

Willie Cauley-Stein scored over 20 points for the second consecutive game, and four others scored 17 or more for Sacramento.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings start 0-2 on the season. 

Mirotic is on fire

The Kings knew slowing down Davis was paramount to have a chance against the Pelicans in the opener. Davis was good (25 points, 10 rebounds and six assists), but Mirotic was unstoppable.

The smooth-shooting stretch four went off for career-high 36 points on 14-of-21 shooting from the field and 5 of 9 from long range. He added nine rebounds in New Orleans' blowout win.

Welcome to the NBA, Marvin Bagley III  

After Bagley played just 12 minutes in the opener, Kings coach Dave Joerger went to the rookie early in the first quarter, and he went to work. The 19-year-old aggressively attacked Davis and his Pelicans teammates, as Bagley hit his first five shots on the way to 14 points before the break.

Bagley didn’t find the same success in the second half, but it was a productive night for the rookie, as he set new career highs with 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 32 minutes.

Fox is answering the call 

The second-year pro continued his strong play. In the opener, he managed to drop 21 points and dish out seven assists. Fox backed that up with 18 points, six assists and six rebounds in 26 minutes of action in New Orleans.

The 20-year-old is brimming with confidence and showing that he’s ready to take a leap in his sophomore season.  

Kings rookie Marvin Bagley tops NBA debut in first half of second game

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Kings rookie Marvin Bagley tops NBA debut in first half of second game

After a quiet NBA debut, Marvin Bagley III was much louder in the first half of his second NBA game. 

The Kings rookie big man subbed in for Nemanja Bjelica just 3:11 into Sacramento's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, and scored four more points in the opening frame (10) than he did in his NBA debut on Wednesday.

Bagley picked up a steal 29 seconds into his appearance on Friday. For his first bucket, he responded to an Anthony Davis alley-oop with an emphatic slam dunk of his own.

The 19-year-old made each of his next two shots, finishing the first quarter shooting 100 percent from the field (3 of 3). He did the same from the free-throw line (4 of 4), adding two rebounds and two steals. 

Bagley even managed to get the best of Davis with a spin move. 

In all, the No. 2 overall pick played more minutes in the first half (14) than he did all of Wednesday against the Jazz (12). He finished the half with 14 points (on 5 of 6 shooting),  three rebounds, two steals, and a block. 

Bagley will have ups and downs -- he was also minus-13 in the first half -- in his first NBA season, but Friday's first half gave a glimpse of what the young big can do.