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Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California Attendance: 17,583
Kings hoping to make playoff push as Nets visit
Brooklyn Nets at Sacramento Kings
- The Nets beat the Kings by 29 points on January 21, 123-94, Brooklyn's second-largest win this season (39 vs. Dallas on March 4) and Sacramento's second-largest defeat (35 vs. Milwaukee on November 4). The Nets have not swept a season series with the Kings since 2014-15.
- The Nets fell to 0-3 on their current Western Conference road trip after a 119-116 loss to the Clippers in LA on Sunday. Brooklyn shot 39.4 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from three in the three games, and since the start of February is shooting 43.5 percent (28th in NBA) and 33.8 percent (25th), respectively.
- D'Angelo Russell had 32 points and 10 assists in the loss, posting his first career 30/10 game. With 782 points and 256 assists since the start of January, he is one of three players with at least 750/250 since the calendar flipped to 2019, along with Russell Westbrook (833/365) and Nikola Jokic (770/261).
- The Kings ended their three-game losing streak on Sunday with a 129-102 win over the Bulls, giving Sacramento an NBA-best record of 22-2 (.917) when allowing 110 or fewer points this season.
- Marvin Bagley III had 21 points and nine rebounds in the win, giving him 702 and 357 in his 50-game career. He is the first King to have at least 700 points and 350 boards through 50 career games since Lionel Simmons in 1990-91.
- Harrison Barnes is one of four players this month averaging at least 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while also shooting at least 50.0 percent on field goals and 40.0 percent on three-pointers (minimum 25 3PA). The other three players are Danilo Gallinari, Kawhi Leonard and Karl-Anthony Towns.
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The Sacramento Kings would like to make one last charge at ending a 12-season streak of missing the playoffs.
But the Kings are running out of time and have little margin for error.
Sacramento looks to record consecutive wins for the first time in more than five weeks as well as get back to the .500 mark when it hosts the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.
The Kings (34-35) were four games above .500 after beating the Miami Heat on Feb. 8 and the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 10 before fortunes went on a downhill slide.
Sacramento lost nine of 12 games to fall further off the pace, but Sunday's 129-102 whipping of the visiting Chicago Bulls kept the Kings six games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"Whether we talk about it or not, it feels like every game is a must-win coming out of the (All-Star) break," Sacramento coach Dave Joerger told reporters after Sunday's triumph. "Just to have a little bit of mental relief is good for us at this point in the season."
The Nets (36-36) are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference but have dropped the first three contests of a seven-game road trip.
Brooklyn lost to Oklahoma City (108-96) and Utah (114-98) to begin the trip and fell 119-116 to the Clippers on Sunday night when Sixth Man extraordinaire Lou Williams buried the winning 3-point basket as time expired.
"It was a heck of shot. I don't know -- 35-foot shot," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters of the final sequence. "We definitely didn't want to foul him, because we know how good he is at drawing fouls in those situations. I think we forced him into something tougher than normal."
Brooklyn showed some late-game resolve as it trailed by 10 points with 62 seconds remaining before scoring 10 straight points to knot the score prior to Williams' winning shot.
"I don't believe in moral victories, so to me this is a tough loss," veteran small forward DeMarre Carroll told reporters. "We've got to learn from it. But at the end of the day we've got to get ready for Sacramento."
Carroll scored 22 points against the Clippers, while All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell led the way with 32. Russell made six 3-pointers and also had 10 assists.
Russell was on his game in the first meeting against the Kings as he contributed 31 points and eight assists in a 123-94 home trouncing on Jan. 21.
Meanwhile, rookie forward Marvin Bagley III stood out for the Kings in the rout of the Bulls. The No. 2 overall pick in last June's draft had 21 points and nine rebounds.
"I'm just doing whatever I can to help the team," Bagley said after the win. "We had a tough couple games on the road. We had to lock in. This was a must-win game for us and we were doing whatever we could to get over the hump."
Shooting guard Buddy Hield scored 16 points and made two 3-pointers to increase his season total to 231, just nine shy of the club mark set by Peja Stojakovic during the 2003-04 campaign.
Brooklyn guard Spencer Dinwiddie struggled badly in the loss to the Clippers as he was 2 of 16 shooting while scoring 13 points.
--Field Level Media
Updated March 18, 2019