The Nets, without Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, who left early in the first quarter with a shoulder injury, outplayed the Kings in nearly every facet of the game (other than rebounding). What hurt the Kings most in the 104-89 loss was turnovers (24 total and only 11 assists). On the opposite side of the coin, the Nets tallied 25 assists and only had 10 turnovers - that ratio will get you a win on most nights.
The defense also was nowhere to be found - the Kings allowed the Nets to shoot 53 percent from the field, while they shot 44 percent. The Nets controlled the game for the most part, outside of a Kings run at the end of the second quarter and start of the third when they tied the game at 57. But they quickly let it slip away shortly thereafter.
DeMarcus Cousins put up DeMarcus Cousins numbers with 28 points, 20 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. This was Cousins' fourth career 20-point, 20-rebound game. Cousins also had six turnovers, however. That turnover number was bested by Isaiah Thomas though, who had seven of his own. Thomas also went 3-14 from the field. It just wasn't the Pizza Guy's night.
This game was a reunion of sorts for Marcus Thornton and Reggie Evans, who both were involved in the trade last month between Sacramento and Brooklyn. Thornton got the best of the Kings off the Nets bench, scoring 27 points on 11-15 shooting and 5-8 from three. He added three rebounds, two steals and one assist. Joe Johnson added 18 points and five assists.
Evans was no slouch, grabbing nine rebounds to go along with three points and two steals in 17 minutes of action.
Rudy Gay had a scare in the second half, landing awkwardly on his ankle. A Kings spokesperson told Sactown Royalty that he is OK though. Gay finished with 20 points and four rebounds.
The Kings will take on the Pistons in Detroit on Tuesday.
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