March 2, 2018, 12:54 am
Winning may not be the top priority for the Kings at this stage in the season, but the team will be happy that they were able to snap their five-game losing streak with a 116-111 overtime win against the Nets.
Brooklyn came out as advertised, shooting plenty of threes and looking to get out in transition whenever possible. Allen Crabbe was particularly effective early on, making the Kings pay from behind the arc on multiple occasions in the first quarter.
Sacramento struggled to establish much of a rhythm on offense, but Bogdan Bogdanovic and Willie Cauley-Stein were able to keep the Kings competitive. The two of them have been effective running the pick-and-roll all season and went to it early after the Kings struggled.
The Kings may not have been able to score much without Cauley-Stein in the first quarter, but his defense on Jarrett Allen didn’t help matters much. Awareness around the basket has been a weakness for Cauley-Stein his entire career and Allen regularly made him pay.
Brooklyn carried a 31-22 lead into the second quarter, but it was quickly erased. Sacramento was able to put pressure on Brooklyn on both ends of the floor, forcing plenty of bad shots and turnovers while taking advantage in transition on the other end of the floor.
The Kings ended up taking a two-point lead into the half and appeared to be taking control of the game, but Brooklyn was able to clean up their offense and retake the lead before the fourth quarter.
Sacramento tightened up their defense at that point, allowing the Nets to score just 17 points in the final quarter, but the team again struggled to get their offense going. Allen was particularly effective for Brooklyn, staying in the paint and daring the Kings to shoot.
Brooklyn appeared to have a good chance to take home the win after Spencer Dinwiddie hit two free-throws to give his team a 100-98 lead with 6.1 seconds left, but a floater from De’Aaron Fox at the buzzer sent the game to overtime.
Brooklyn was able to put some pressure on the Kings in overtime, but Sacramento was able to avoid their sixth-straight loss after a strong performance late from De’Aaron Fox.
The Kings will be happy to start their five-game home stand with a win, but the team will face a much bigger challenge Saturday night when they face the Utah Jazz.
- Skal Labissiere’s numbers haven’t necessarily jumped off the page since returning from a shoulder injury but he’s still managed to make a nice impact for the team. He has managed to stay aggressive on defense without fouling, and he’s been a much more willing passer on the offense as well. Labissiere’s talent has been obvious since the team drafted him, but his impact will be much greater if he can continue to round out his game.
- Bogdan Bogdanovic may not be listed as the team’s point guard, but he is regularly counted on to run the team’s offense. No other player on the roster knows how to use screens as effectively as Bogdanvoic, and that was on full display against the Nets. Sacramento received contributions offensively from all over the roster, but Bogdanovic’s ability to control the pace of the game may have been the key for them Thursday night.