The New Jersey Nets (8-63) looked at this game against the Sacramento Kings (24-48) as an opportune time to get another win. Something they have done little of this year.
With Tyreke Evans out another game since he sustained his injury, the Nets had hoped a win could come a little easier at the Izod Center, and it did.The Nets who beat the Kings 93-79, brought a franchise-record 14-game losing streak at home to an end. The Nets are now 4-31 in their building. The Nets now need two more wins in their last eleven games to avoid Philadelphia’s record of 9 total wins in the ’72-’73 season.
Brook Lopez took advantage of the Kings’ poor interior defense scoring 22 points, grabbing 12 boards and blocking 4 shots.
Although the Kings shot 34.1 percent from the floor in the first half, they were playing New Jersey so the game remained close. Based on how they played it seemed as though they thought they already had the win before they stepped on the court.
While the Nets continued to score in the third and fourth quarters, the Kings did not. The Kings finished the game shooting 35.8 percent from the floor and turning the ball over 15 times.
Kings Head Coach Paul Westphal made no excuses after tonight’s game.
“This was by far our worst game of the year,” Westphal said. “We turned the ball over too much, we fouled too much, we didn’t do a good job defensively, we didn’t do a good job rebounding and our bench gave us nothing.”
The Kings were unable to form any consistency or momentum to gain on the Nets in the second half. By no means did the Nets play well, but they played better than the Kings and it showed.
“The way we played tonight was not characteristic of how we have played this year,” Westphal said. “For whatever reason there is no sugar-coating it, that was a bad game for us.”
The only bright spot from the Kings standpoint was Donte Greene, who had a double-double, scoring 14 and grabbing 10 boards.
It was obvious that the Kings felt the absence of rookie guard Tyreke Evans. When the Nets were able to rely on Devin Harris and Brook Lopez, who combined for 50 points, nobody stepped up for the Kings.
Evans has suffered no ill effects in recent workouts after being out with the injuries had against Milwaukee. He plans on practicing tomorrow with the team and should be able to suit up on Friday against Boston.