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Mike Brown has been waiting for a game like Monday, and it might be just the beginning for Sacramento

Mike Brown has been waiting for a game like Monday, and it might be just the beginning for Sacramento

It was a play indicative of the way the whole night went.

A collision under the basket sent Domantas Sabonis sprawling, and teammate Harrison Barnes stayed back of the fast break to help the big man up. De’Aaron Fox sped down the court anyway, saw his disadvantage three on five situation, and pulled up for a top of the three key.


There were 25 of those moments Monday night as Sacramento set a franchise record for 3-pointers made in a game, connecting on 55.6% of their 45 attempts on the evening. Coming into the game, the Kings were averaging 41.5 attempts per contest and 15 makes, but Mike Brown felt they could still shoot the ball better based on what he was seeing in practice. Monday, it happened.

“I’m telling you, these guys can flat out shoot,” Brown said, “and they’re going to share the ball.”

Share the ball they did, collecting 38 assists on 48 made field goals. But it wasn’t just that they were hitting shots, it was hitting the shots they’ve been focusing on getting all season long.

“We’re generating more corner 3s this year than we did last year I think, but they just hadn’t gone in,” Brown said. “Not only that, I think we were 30th on catch-and-shoot 3s [coming into the game]. We told our team that two days ago, too, and we know we’re way better than that.

“So, to see us get more corner 3s, but yet still to knock them down was very gratifying.”

It is as gratifying for the coach as it is the players, who continue to marvel at how a group that loves to shoot can also slot into a role that might not ask them to on any given night. After Monday’s victory, Malik Monk mentioned that both Kevin Huerter and Harrison Barnes had single digit shot attempts against the Nets, but continued to be great teammates and fill their role regardless.

“It’s not going to be your night every night,” Monk said. “Kev had six shot attempts tonight, HB seven. But Kev was just being a great teammate, cheering us on, because he knows his night might come tomorrow.”

Monk added that an effort like Monday brought him back to last season, when he felt like the team was clicking on all cylinders.

“A lot like last year. That’s exactly what it feels like. [We’re] the best offense in the NBA, so we got to continue to do things like this.”

12 different Kings attempted a three-pointer Monday, with eight connecting on at least one. Fox led in attempts with 10, something that he has been focused on adding to his game,…

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