Nets beat Kings for second straight win


Final: 11/22/2019

W 116 97

The surging Sacramento Kings traveled to Barclays Center Friday night to take on the Brooklyn Nets. The Kings were 6-2 in their last eight games going into the matchup, while the Nets were 2-4 in their last six. Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert continued to ride the bench due to injuries.

In their absence, the rest of the team more than stepped up to fill the gaps, leading them to a 116-97 victory over the Kings.

One thing that became apparent early on is just how critical Spencer Dinwiddie is to this team’s success. Without the other ballhandlers of Irving and LeVert, his playmaking ability was an even hotter commodity.

Also, the rise of Joe Harris has not been talked about enough this season. Sure, the league was put on notice about his three-point capabilities when he won the contest at the All-Star Week, but he’s much more than a three-point threat. He has taken huge leaps forward in both his playmaking and finishing around the rim this season.

Of course, his ability to hit threes is still one of the best around. The biggest difference-maker in this game was the fact that the Nets shots 35.3 percent from three while holding the Kings to only 15.4 percent. Brooklyn’s 12 made threes to Sacramento’s four were crucial.

This game was another example of the Nets succeeding without Irving, which shows the growth of this squad. They are all getting more minutes in Kenny Atkinson’s system and it is showing. As this season goes on, the experience of learning how to win without Irving will be critical to the team’s continued success.

Joe Harris


The stats: 22 PTS, 8-11 FG, 5-7 3PT, 4 REB, 1 AST, 2 BLK, 1 TO

Joe Harris is the most improved player on the Nets this season.

Joey Buckets has emerged as one of the most important pieces on this team that hopes to soon be a championship contender. He continues to step up to whatever role his teammates and coaches ask of him.

Spencer Dinwiddie


The stats: 23 PTS, 8-15 FG, 0-5 3PT, 1 REB, 7 AST, 2 STL, 4 TO

Spencer Dinwiddie is stepping up just like he did last season.

Last season, Dinwiddie took over the team when D’Angelo Russell went down. During that time, he looked like a borderline All-Star and he nearly singlehandedly kept the team above water. Now, he seems to be giving the sequel with Irving out due to a nagging injury.

If he keeps this up then Brooklyn will be in a great position for when Kyrie does come back.

Jarrett Allen


The stats: 11 PTS, 5-6 FG, 9 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 1 TO

This page is now officially a Jarrett Allen Fan Club.

We’ll be taking applications for the rest of the season, but if you want to secure a spot on the hype train you’d best buy in now.