NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Sacramento
(Friday, November 27th)
Final Score: Sacramento 109, New Jersey 96
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets lost their 16th straight game to start the season, falling to the Kings on Friday night, and will have to beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday to avoid matching the worst start in league history.
Tyreke Evans scored 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds to pace Sacramento to a 109-96 triumph and deal New Jersey a milestone defeat. The Nets tied a franchise record losing streak, set January 5 - February 3, 1978.
The Nets, who never led Friday, will have to beat the defending league champions Sunday night to avoid an 0-17 start done by only two other teams - the 1988-89 expansion Miami Heat and the LA Clippers in the lockout-shortened 1999 season.
Spencer Hawes scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Kings, who had lost both games to the Nets last season. Beno Udrih scored 21 on 8-of-10 shooting from the field for the Kings, who won their second straight following a four-game skid. Omri Casspi had 18 points for Sacramento, which had 11 blocked shots.
Devin Harris scored 25, while Brook Lopez finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds for New Jersey. Chris Douglas-Roberts poured in 21 points in defeat.
"We've kind of been pressing these last few games," Lopez said. "When you're 0-for you're kind of pressing for a win that whole time."
The Nets scored 11 straight early in the fourth quarter, closing the gap to 86-80 following a pair of Harris free throws with 8:10 left. They didn't get any closer, though.
New Jersey shot 9-of-25 from the field over the final 12 minutes and missed all four of its three-point tries. Conversely, the Kings went 6-of-12 from the floor in the final period and were able to maintain a comfortable margin.
The Kings built an early 20-10 lead and closed the quarter with a 33-20 advantage. They led by a healthy margin the entire second and went into the locker room with a 59-42 cushion.
"I thought they were going to come out more aggressive than they did," Evans said. "We just came out more aggressive, pushing the ball. We had a good fast tempo at the beginning of the game."
A bank shot by Sean May upped Sacramento's lead to 67-53 midway through the third, but the Nets climbed back and got within six points later in the quarter. But Sacramento pulled away. A hook shot from Kenny Thomas extended the margin to 84-69 moving to the fourth.
New Jersey has lost 12 of its last 14 at Sacramento...New Jersey's 18th game of the season is at home against Dallas next Wednesday...The Kings shot 54.9 percent from the field, compared to 38.3 for the Nets...Jason Thompson had 10 points and eight boards for the Kings.
11/28 02:35:16 ET