Nets defense no-shows in 153-121 loss to KingsNovember 16th, 2022
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Terence Davis scored 31 points and sparked a big second-quarter run that helped the Sacramento Kings race past the Brooklyn Nets 153-121 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.
Kevin Huerter had 19 points and Domantas Sabonis added 17 as the Kings had their highest-scoring game in nearly 30 years. Sacramento has won seven of nine following an 0-4 start to coach Mike Brown’s first season.
Kevin Durant scored 27 points to lead Brooklyn but the Nets had no answers defensively against Sacramento. The 153 points allowed were the most ever in a regulation game in Nets history.
The game was highly anticipated in Sacramento with the Kings getting a rare chance to play on national television. They made the most of their opportunity with a dominant performance fueled by the 27-4 second-quarter run.
Davis got it started with a 3-pointer that broke a 40-all tie midway through the period and Sacramento didn’t miss another shot for nearly six minutes.
The Kings made 10 straight shots from the field, with Davis leading the way with 10 points. Huerter capped it with the fourth 3-pointer for Sacramento during the spurt to make it 67-44.
Brooklyn missed nine of 10 shots during that stretch, with the Nets’ only points coming on a basket by Edmond Sumner and two free throws from Durant.
Sacramento didn’t stop there and built the lead to 109-70 on a 3 by Huerter with four minutes left in the third. It was the biggest lead at any point in a game for the Kings since they were up 44 on New York on March 3, 2015.
Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said before the game he had no update on when star guard Kyrie Irving would return from a team-imposed suspension for refusing to say he had no antisemitic beliefs. Irving was suspended for a minimum of five games and has now missed seven.
Vaughn said GM Sean Marks is in “constant communication” with the NBA and owner Joe Tsai.
”He tells me when he has an update, he’ll let me know,” Vaughn said.
Nets: Brooklyn allowed 94 points per game and 38.8% shooting in Vaughn’s first six games as coach but gave up 134.5 points per game and 54.3% shooting the last two games in losses to the Lakers and Kings. … The most points allowed by the Nets in any game came in a 161-157 double-overtime loss to Phoenix on Dec. 7, 2006. … Durant has scored at least 25 points in all 15 games this season.
Kings: The only time the Kings scored more points in the Sacramento era came in a 154-98 win over Philadelphia on Jan. 2, 1993. … Kings rookie Keegan Murray left in the first half with a back injury and didn’t return.
Nets: Visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.
Kings: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.
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