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Kings takeaways: What we learned from 111-95 win vs. Magic

Kings takeaways: What we learned from 111-95 win vs. Magic

SACRAMENTO -- The streak is over. After dropping the last four games in gut-wrenching fashion, the Sacramento Kings put away for the Orlando Magic early Monday evening at Golden 1 Center.

De’Aaron Fox showed off his speed, but it was a team effort for the Kings with six players finishing in double-figures. Sacramento outshot, outrebounded and out passed the Magic on their way to a 111-95 victory.

Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Magic looked tired and at some points, disinterested in the action. Nikola Vucevic put up a solid double-double in limited minutes and Terrence Ross added 20 points off the bench, but it wasn’t nearly enough to slow the Kings.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings moved back to the .500 mark on the season at 20-20.

Fox gets right

The Kings’ starting point guard hasn’t quite looked himself the last few games. He’s taken a beating from the opposition, including a knee to the thigh and a couple of stitches above his eye against the Warriors. 

Against the Magic, he was a flash. The 21-year-old guard exploded to the rim, finishing with 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting in just 22 minutes of action.

He was disruptive on both ends of the floor, picking up five steals and playing well above the rim for a handful of highlight reel dunks.

Stat stuffer

Bogdan Bogdanovic went to work early. Starting for the injured Iman Shumpert, the second-year wing got the passing game started for the Kings and he hit the glass hard before looking for his own shot.

He warmed up in the third quarter and finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the win. 

Bogdanovic is a catalyst player for the Kings and against the Magic, he was impressive.

The return of the rookie

After sitting out the previous 11 games with a bone bruise in his left knee, Marvin Bagley III returned to action for Sacramento.

He’ll be on a minutes restriction for the next few games, but the 19-year-old managed to post eight points, six rebounds and a block in 20 minutes of action. 

Bagley gives the Kings a much-needed post presence and an energy that they need off the bench.
 

Kings vs. Nets live stream: How to watch NBA game online on MyTeams

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Kings vs. Nets live stream: How to watch NBA game online on MyTeams

Coming off one of the most exciting wins of the season, the Kings (24-22) look to make it two in a row when they face the Nets (24-23) Monday in Brooklyn

The Kings' matinee on Martin Luther King Jr. Day won't be easy though. The Nets have won three in a row and have been on of the most surprising teams in the NBA. 

Fans should see an exciting battle of young backcourts in De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield versus D'Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie. Who will come out on top? 

We're about to find out.

Here's how you can watch Kings-Nets, as well as NBC Sports California's pregame and postgame coverage, live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app. 

When: 12:30 p.m. PT on Monday, Jan. 21 (pregame show starts at 12:00 p.m.)
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game here.

Kings vs. Nets watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Kings vs. Nets watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

Fresh off a wild come from behind victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, the Sacramento Kings get back to action Monday in a Martin Luther Kings Jr. Day matinee versus the Brooklyn Nets.

Buddy Hield lifted the Kings over the Pistons with a stunning 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving Sacramento a 103-101 victory. Hield dropped in 15 of his team-high 35 points in the final 3:53 of the fourth quarter.

Like Sacramento, the Nets are surprising teams around the league with their gritty play. Brooklyn's won three straight, including victories over the Celtics, Rockets and Magic.

D'Angelo Russell is having a breakout season for the Nets, posting 19 points a game as the team's starting point guard. Spencer Dinwiddie is providing the punch off the bench, averagin 17.1 points per game in a reserve role.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 12:00 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 12:30. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

Sacramento continues their six-game road trip on Tuesday with a back-to-back against the first place Toronto Raptors. They'll hit Memphis on Friday and finish off the trip Sunday with a stop in Los Angeles.

Line

Nets +3

Projected Lineups

Kings

PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Nets

PG D'Angelo Russell
SG Joe Harris
SF Treveon Graham
PF Rodions Kuruks
C Jarrett Allen

Injury Report

Kings 

No injuries to report.

Nets

SG Allen Crabbe (knee) out, SF Caris Lavert (foot) out, SF Chris Dudley (hamstring) out, SG Dzanan Musa (shoulder) out.

Rotation Outlook

Kings: The cardiac Kings continue to shock the league with their pace and style of play. Coach Dave Joerger's group is sixth in the league in scoring, averaging 114 points per game. They've made improvements on the defensive side of the ball, but they are still a work in progress.

Rookie Marvin Bagley started in the second half of the team's win over the Pistons, giving the team a glimpse into the near future. The 19-year-old scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed two rebounds in 27 minutes of action.

[RELATED: NBA trade deadline 2019: Six early targets for playoff-hungry Kings]

Hield continues to pace the team in scoring at 20.5 points per game. In the month of January, the third-year shooting guard is averaging 23.4 points on 53.6 percent shooting from the field and 56.1 percent shooting from long range.

Nets: Brooklyn hit the reboot button a few years back hoping to rebuild their culture and talent base. They've shown massive improvement this season and currently sit in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference standings at 24-23.

Kenny Atkinson's group doesn't blow you away statistically. They rank 16th in the league in scoring and 21st in points allowed. They play at the NBA's 20th slowest pace and sit near the bottom of the league in steals and blocks.

The Nets love to hoist 3-pointers, averaging 34.5 attempts per game. They hit 36.3 percent from long range, which is good enough for seventh in the league.