Led by Brook Lopez’s 18 points in 17 minutes and 50 points from their bench, the Brooklyn Nets pummeled the Sacramento Kings on their home court, 113-93.
Despite playing a double-overtime game against the Washington Wizards last night, the Nets (18-15) looked everything but fatigued. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson both had seven points in the first quarter, while Lopez scored eight and Reggie Evans had six points to fuel a quick start.
Still, the Kings (13-21) nearly matched them point for point thanks to John Salmons’s 13 first quarter points. Except, those early 13 points would be Salmons’s final points of the night, as he would struggle from the field for the remainder of the game.
DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings. However, his contributions wouldn’t be enough to stave off Brooklyn’s 14-2 run midway through the second quarter that flipped a three point lead for the Nets into a 15-point lead. This run was fueled by contributions from others, including Mirza Teletovic, who scored nine points in the second quarter, and MarShon Brooks chipped in with eight points during the same span. Brooks and Teletovic finished with 15 and 14 points, respectively, seeing a heavy dosage of minutes in the blowout.
None of Brooklyn’s starters, with the exception of Reggie Evans who played just a tick over 31 mintes, surpassed the 30-minute mark. Johnson and Williams both had 15 points in their small amount of minutes.
The Kings, who were shooting for three straight road wins for the first time since 2011, already seemed out of the game at half time when they trailed 65-47.
Most of Cousins’s work came in the third quarter. A night after scoring a season-high 31 points in Toronto, the third-year forward hot a perfect 5-of-5 from the field in third, scoring 12 points, but the Kings combined to make up only two points on an already hefty deficit as Brooklyn coasted to an easy win.