To say that the Brooklyn Nets have not been doing well would be an understatement of epic proportions. The last time they won a game was a 143-114 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on January 20th. However, they finally were able to put another notch in the win column with a 109-100 road win over the Sacramento Kings.

The Nets got off to a pretty quick start and never trailed in the game. Brooklyn jumped out to a pretty quick 21-6 lead over Sacramento in the first quarter, with that 15-point lead being largest of the game. The Kings would eventually fight back, tying the score once in the second quarter. However, despite making a few runs in the game, they could not get ahead or sustain any of their momentum.

The Nets were led by Brook Lopez, who had a game-high 24 points on 9-for-17 shooting, as well 8 rebounds in 29 minutes on the night. Lopez also reached 10,000 points last night with a dunk in the second quarter.

Lopez is only the second player in Nets franchise history to reach the 10,000-point milestone. The Nets also got strong contributions from the recently-returned Jeremy Lin (17 points, 5 assists), Isaiah Whitehead (14 points), and Caris LeVert (13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals). Brooklyn shot 45.9 percent on the night.

The Kings were led on the night by the recently-acquired Buddy Hield, who had 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting, including going 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Ty Lawson was also a strong contributor with 15 points and 9 assists. Despite the loss, Sacramento still had six players score in double-figures, and shot 43.9 percent on the evening.

The Kings struggled to defend the perimeter, as the Nets made six 3-pointers in the first quarter en route to an eventual 11 made 3-pointers overall. The Kings, now without the services of DeMarcus Cousins, also struggled to defend the paint. Lopez and Lin had their way with the Kings, and combined for 14 of Brooklyn’s final 16 points to get their first win in six weeks. The Kings also had 15 turnovers, which led to 18 Nets points on the other end.

The Nets had previously dropped 27 of 28 games since beating the Charlotte Hornets on December 26th, and this is still only their 10th win on the season. The franchise record for consecutive losses currently stands at 18, held by the 12-win 2009-10 New Jersey Nets, and the team currently sits at 10-49. Meanwhile, the Kings have dropped their third game in a row and drop to 25-36 on the year.

The Nets will continue their season-high 8-game road trip when they visit the Utah Jazz on Friday. The Kings will look to snap their losing streak when they host the Jazz in Sacramento on Sunday.

About The Author

Darrin Burrell is a life-long fan of the NBA. He has a been a fan of the Washington Bullets/Wizards his whole life, he grew up playing basketball, and considers himself a true student of all aspects of the game. Darrin currently resides in the Washington, DC area.

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