Beatdown in Brooklyn. The Sacramento Kings went into halftime with a lead and then never showed up for the final 24 minutes of the game Monday at Barclays Center.
The Nets were the better team for most of the night as they ran Sacramento over by a final of 123-94.
D’Angelo Russell torched the Kings for 31 points on 7-of-14 from behind the arc. Joe Harris added 19 points and Rodions Kurucs ran through Sacramento’s defense for 16.
Here are three takeaways as the Kings get embarrassed in Brooklyn to fall to 24-23 on the season.
Third Quarter Collapse
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Kings take a lead into halftime, only to give it all away in the third quarter.
Through the first couple of months of the season, the Kings owned the third quarter. That hasn’t been the case in January. After leading 60-55 heading to the intermission, the ball got sticky and the shots didn’t fall in the third.
Like most games this season, the Kings allowed their offensive woes to carry over to the defensive end. Brooklyn outscored Sacramento 38-25 in the third to take a 93-85 lead into the fourth. Russell got hot and the Kings didn’t have an answer.
Sacramento lost their defense somewhere between Detroit and Brooklyn. Playing against a solid offensive club, the Kings couldn’t stay in front of anyone.
They made some adjustments in the second quarter, but they never figured out the counter move from the Nets coaching staff.
When Brooklyn wasn’t running layup lines past Sacramento’s guards, they were firing away from behind the arc with deadly accuracy.
If the Kings want to compete for a playoff spot, they have to find a way to stop someone. The effort was bad, the rotations were slow and the rebounding was atrocious.
Bogdanovic at the point
Bogdan Bogdanovic is the Kings’ most versatile player and against the Nets, he took on the role of distributor.
Coach Dave Joerger turned to his super-sub off the bench early and he instantly opened up the Kings’ offense. He got everyone involved, including Willie Cauley-Stein, who went on a dunking binge in the second quarter.
Bogdanovic finished the game with 22 points, a career-high 11 assists and six rebounds in the loss.