November 27, 2016, 7:16 pm
The Sacramento Kings started off their six game road trip with a win Sunday afternoon 122-105 over the Brooklyn Nets. DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers with 37 points, but the team got production from every part of the roster in this one.
Sacramento had a rough start to the game and fell behind early in the first quarter, but strong play from the bench early in the second got the team right back in it. Despite a close first half, Sacramento ran away with the lead late by holding the Nets to just 18 points in the third quarter, while scoring 34 for themselves.
Here are some notes from the matchup:
- Matt Barnes had a fairly productive night with seven points and six assists, but the King’s forward ended up getting ejected late in the game with a flagrant foul. Barnes has been known for his tough style of play, and luckily the call didn’t end up hurting the Kings. The game was already pretty far out of reach for the Nets at this point, so it wasn’t likely to change the end result anyway.
- Omri Casspi got on the floor for the second night in a row, registering just over 18 minutes while scoring eight points and grabbing five boards. Casspi still has a chance to carve out a good role with the team, so seeing him get playing time for the second night in a row was great.
- Rudy Gay had a great showing, scoring 22 points while contributing eight rebounds and eight assists. Gay seems to be far more comfortable offensively this season, and the Kings will need him to continue his efficient ways if they plan to make a run at a playoff spot.
The win puts the Kings at 7-10 to start the season, and really starts the road trip on a good note. Sacramento now turns their attention to Washington for a game Monday night against the Wizards.