The Sacramento Kings committed 25 turnovers and former King Marcus Thornton torched his ex-teammates for 27 points after the Brooklyn Nets lost Paul Pierce to a shoulder injury and the Nets hammered the Kings 104-89 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn Sunday.
The loss spoiled the fourth career 20-20 night for DeMarcus Cousins.
Pierce was hurt in a tangle up with Sacramento forward Jason Thompson and didn’t return. But Thornton came off the bench to his 5-of-8 from 3-point range in 28 minutes and the Nets (31-30) knocked down 12-of-25 3-pointers in the game.
Brooklyn led the Kings (22-41) by as much as 25 points and Sacramento never led.
Cousins finished with 28 points and 20 rebounds for the Kings, his fourth career game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. The last time Cousins turned the trick was April 17, 2013, in a loss to the Clippers. Sacramento is now 2-2 when Cousins goes 20-20.
The Kings rallied from a 49-40 halftime deficit to tie the game midway through the third quarter when Rudy Gay knocked down a long 2-pointer to make it 57-57. But Brooklyn outscored the Kings 20-8 over the rest of the period and went up by 25 on Alan Anderson’s 3-pointer with 4:55 to go.
Gay had 20 points for the Kings and Thomas finished with 10 points, four assists and seven turnovers.
The turnovers were a big part of the game—the Nets scored 28 points off Sacramento’s 25 giveaways while the Kings netted just 11 off 11 Brooklyn turnovers.
Brooklyn won despite being almost doubled up on the glass. Sacramento out-rebounded the Nets by a whopping 53-27 margin, with Brooklyn grabbing just one offensive rebound in the game. Williams, Mirza Teletovic and Anderson had four boards each for the Nets.
Sacramento was 36-for-81 (44.4 percent) overall, 5-for-23 (21.7 percent) from 3-point range and 12-for-21 (57.1 percent) at the foul line. Brooklyn was 41-for-77 (53.2 percent), 12-for-25 (48 percent) and 10-for-16 (62.5 percent).
The Kings are now 1-2 on their seven-game road trip, which resumes Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons at 4:30 p.m. Pacific.