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Mikal Bridges scores 23 as Kings beat Nets 101-96

Mikal Bridges scores 23 as Kings beat Nets 101-96

NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets hosted the Sacramento Kings at Barclays Center on Thursday to face off for the second and final time this season and lost 101-96. The Kings win the regular-season series 2-0.

For the Nets, Mikal Bridges had 23 points and four rebounds while Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 points and seven assists. Nic Claxton had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Seth Curry had 14 points off the bench.

For the Kings, Domantas Sabonis had 24 points and 21 rebounds while De’Aaron Fox had 18 points and six rebounds. Malik Monk had 12 points off the bench and Harrison Barnes had 11 points.

In the first half, both teams played to a draw in the first quarter. Neither team shot well and it seemed like it was more just poor shooting than good defense. Sacramento pulled away from Brooklyn in the second quarter as the Kings ended the first half on a 13-0 run. The Nets could do nothing with Domantas Sabonis as he had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the first half.

In the second half, Brooklyn picked up its energy which allowed them to get back into the game thanks to the energy given by Yuta Watanabe and Edmond Sumner. Unfortunately, every time that the Nets got within striking distance, the Kings found a way to push the game back towards double-digits range. It seems like the end of the second quarter is what Brooklyn could not recover from.

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Dinwiddie did not have his most efficient shooting night, but he was solid. Dinwiddie did his best to attack the rim like Jacque Vaughn wants him to, but he wasn’t getting the best whistle. Dinwiddie has been growing increasingly frustrated with refs lately and that could be why he has a tendency to falter at times. However, he did a great job of passing the ball as he consistently found his teammates for open shots using his drive-and-kick game.

Bridges did a good job of shooting the ball as he did his usual diet of mostly shots in the mid-range area with a mixing in of three-pointers. He did not shoot much in this one as he had been previously and it didn’t seem like the Kings were defending him differently in terms of double-teams or anything like that. Bridges did a good job of getting to the free-throw line in this one as he made it a mission to put pressure on the rim.

Johnson had a rough shooting game in this one. His three-point shot was solid, but he was unable to find a rhythm driving to the rim or shooting…

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