Brooklyn outplayed Sacramento in every aspect of the game. The Nets hit a record-setting 27 threes. The key to the Nets victory was a 20-0 run in the third quarter. This propelled Brooklyn to a double-digit lead, and they never looked back.
Neither team looked too great on defense, but the Nets barrage of scoring put them over the top. The game remained a close one with loads of scoring until the Nets massive 20-0 run in the third.
Kyrie Irving led Brooklyn with 40 points, shooting 15-22 overall. James Harden also put on a stellar offensive display, posting a triple-double and finishing with 29 points. Hassan Whiteside led the Kings in scoring with 26 points and 16 rebounds. Brooklyn struggled to find an answer for Whiteside but still blew out Sacramento regardless.
Nets Massive Run
From the first few possessions of the game fans of both teams were able to tell this would be a high-scoring affair. Both the Nets (28th) and the Kings (29th) have two of the worst defenses in the NBA. Throughout the first half and midway through the third, it was a very tight-knit game. Both teams took the lead quite a few times. A big Buddy Hield three-pointer put the Kings within 2 points of Brooklyn, making it 82-80. But pandemonium broke loose right after that.
A thunderous jam from Jeff Green sparked a 20-0 Brooklyn run. The Nets did not look back from there. James Harden, Kyrie Irving, De’Andre Jordan, Joe Harris, and Jeff Green all dropped points during the run. Sacramento could not get a single thing going over that span.
Less than 5 minutes later, a Hassan Whiteside bucket ended the Nets run. But the damage was already done. Brooklyn went up 102-82, putting this one out of reach for Sacramento with a whole quarter to go.
Raining Buckets From Beyond The Arc
Brooklyn was drilling shots from beyond the arc all game. Heading into halftime, they were 14-22 from three-point land. The Nets matched that number in the second half as well, setting a new franchise record for three-pointers made with 27. Brooklyn passed the ball with ease as Sacramento was not even close to stopping these shots from falling. Kyrie Irving was unstoppable, going 9-11 from three.
Sacramento also generated some points from beyond the arc as well as Brooklyn. Buddy Hield was successful on his first 5 three-pointers of the night, and he finished going 6-9. Hield dropped 21 points in the loss.
The super Nets dominated tonight in every category. A huge 20-0 run and a franchise-record 27 three-pointers made illuminated the way for a blowout victory. The Kings really struggled on defense, especially on the Nets run. Sacramento had no way of stopping the Nets and it showed. The Kings also had trouble making this a somewhat closer contest, as Brooklyn carried a massive lead from the third quarter on out. A brief spark from Sacramento at the end of the game was not enough to tie it up, as Kyrie Irving ended it with a big three with about two minutes to go. The Nets need to keep up their team chemistry going forward in order to win more games. The passing and shooting were lethal for the Nets in the win.
Brooklyn continues their West Coast swing on Tuesday vs the Phoenix Suns at 10:30 PM. The Kings have another tough test in the Miami Heat coming up on Thursday night in Sacramento.