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Dec 20, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III (10) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 20, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III (10) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK (AP) George Hill scored 22 points, Zach Randolph added 21 and the Sacramento Kings completed their first back-to-back sweep of the season by beating the Brooklyn Nets 104-99 on Wednesday night.

The Kings got off to a sizzling start following their victory in Philadelphia a night earlier, then held on after Brooklyn cut a 21-point lead to two with just over a minute to play. >> Read more

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Dec 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) shoots the ball over Miami Heat forward Derrick Williams (22) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) shoots the ball over Miami Heat forward Derrick Williams (22) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks head to California to take on the Kings at 10:30 p.m. ET. on Friday night.

According to STATS...

  • The Knicks defeated the Kings 106-98 in New York on December 4. Sacramento shot just 32.3 percent from the field in that loss. With that win, New York snapped its four-game losing streak in this series.
  • The Knicks lost to Cleveland 126-94 on Wednesday, in the process snapping their 10-game streak scoring 100 or more points. The defeat dropped them to 1-5 on the season when they are held below 100 points.
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

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Kristaps Porzingis didn't bounce back in the way the New York Knicks hoped he would have following a 2-of-12 shooting performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he still managed to help the Knicks get a 106-98 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Porzingis shot 6-for-18 from the field and wasn't alone in his struggles, but simply couldn't get anything to fall no matter how often New York looked at him. (Granted, some overzealous foul calls against the Knicks prevented them from getting into a flow.) Despite Porzingis' off night, his teammates -- notably Derrick RoseCarmelo Anthony and Brandon Jennings -- picked him up at different points. As Porzingis struggled, head coach Jeff Hornacek kept him on the floor, and it was easy to see why.

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Sacramento Kings center center DeMarcus Cousins dribbles the ball as Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez defends during the first half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Sacramento Kings center center DeMarcus Cousins dribbles the ball as Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez defends during the first half at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets' losing streak reached seven games as the Sacramento Kings outscored them 34-18 in the third quarter of a 122-105 loss on Sunday at Barclays Center.

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Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo is defended by New York Knicks center Robin Lopez during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Steven Ryan/USA Today Sports Images)
Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo is defended by New York Knicks center Robin Lopez during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Steven Ryan/USA Today Sports Images)

Playing without Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks lost to the Sacramento Kings, 88-80, on Sunday.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson takes a rebound away from Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo during the second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson takes a rebound away from Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo during the second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)

Joe Johnson had season highs with 27 points and 11 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets had their best offensive performance of the season in beating the Sacramento Kings 128-119 on Friday night.

The Nets set season bests for points and 3-pointers while snapping a five-game losing streak. Reserve Bojan Bogdanovic made seven of their 18 3-pointers, while Johnson added five and Donald Sloan made four.

Brooklyn was 18 for 28 (64.3 percent) from behind the arc and shot 55.8 percent overall.

Brook Lopez added 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, Bogdanovic scored 23 points. >> Read more…

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant defends against Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson during second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant defends against Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson during second half at Barclays Center. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)

The Nets face the Kings at Barclays Center on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Kings defeated the Nets 111-109 in Sacramento on November 13, Rajon Rondo stealing the ball from Wayne Ellington on Brooklyn's final possession to seal the victory. However, the Nets have won their last six home contests in this series.
  • Sacramento has pulled down 40 or more rebounds in each of its last 12 games. That is the second-longest active streak in the NBA (OKC, 16).
  • The Nets are the only team in the NBA to have a worse record this season against teams that are currently .500 or worse (3-14, .176) compared to teams that are currently above .500 (9-24, .273).
  • DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots in Wednesday's loss to Chicago. It was his fifth 30/10/2 game of the season, which leads the NBA.
  • Marco Belinelli has scored 18 points in each of his two games since moving into the starting lineup on February 1. He had just five points in his only other start of the season (November 6 vs Hou).
  • Joe Johnson picked up his sixth game with 20+ points this season when he had 20 Wednesday versus Indiana. This is the 14th straight season that he has had at least six 20+ point games; the only time he failed to do so was his rookie season (3).
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Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) reacts after a three point basket against the Utah Jazz during the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. (Kelley L Cox)
Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) reacts after a three point basket against the Utah Jazz during the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. (Kelley L Cox)

The Knicks are in Sacramento on Thursday to take on the Kings at 10:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS...

  • The Knicks have scored at least 105 points in each of their last five road games against the Kings -- the second-longest such streak in Sacramento (Hawks eight).
  • The Knicks, who have lost three consecutive (and seven of their last nine) games, have gone 7-0 this season when shooting at least 39 percent from three-point range.
  • The Kings have made double-digit three-pointers on nine occasions this season, after doing so just five times last season (tied with Memphis for fewest in NBA).
  • After scoring 28 points against the Mavericks at home on Monday night, Kristaps Porzingis scored a season-low four points against the Jazz in Utah last night, as the Knicks were outscored by 27 points in 13:16 with Porzingis on the floor.
  • Carmelo Anthony, who has scored fewer than 20 points in five of his last six games, has scored exactly 36 points in each of his last three games against the Kings.
  • DeMarcus Cousins has averaged 31.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 blocks over his last three games against the Knicks.
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As Phil Jackson prepares to put his own stamp on the Knicks and build from the ground up this coming summer, he and the rest of the team's brass will use the rest of this season to evaluate and examine which?of New York's current players may be worth holding onto.

Of course, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Hardaway Jr., Pablo Prigioni, and Jose Calderon are among those currently under contract for next season. Langston Galloway is owed a partial guarantee. Other options include Lance Thomas and Travis Wear.

In Wear's case, the forward turned heads following Summer League and training camp, impressing just enough, not only to sneak onto the opening night roster, but also earn his full guaranteed salary after managing to stick around past January.

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The Nets (31-30) defeated the Kings (22-41) Sunday by a score of 104-89.

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[sny-box]Paul Pierce only played 1:13, as he re-aggravated that troublesome right shoulder stinger injury and his night ended early. He made his only shot attempt.

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Tonight, the Nets return home to host the Sacramento Kings at the Barclays Center. Home is where the heart is, and for Brooklyn, it's where the wins have been as well. The Nets have won six straight at the Barclays Center, and their 12-2 home record since January 1 is among the league's best in that span.

A win would tie the Nets' season-high of seven consecutive home wins, and they're looking to earn a season-split with the Kings, after Brooklyn lost in Sacramento 107-86 back on November 13. However, the Nets are a different team today than they were in that previous matchup, and a recent trade with these Kings is a factor in that.

In that blowout loss in Sacramento early in the season, Marcus Thornton scored a game-high 24 points off the bench for the Kings. The young shooting guard has had a roller-coaster season of highs and lows, leading to a trade to the Nets a few weeks ago. In his short time in Brooklyn, the Nets have seen him catch fire and go ice cold.

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Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Nets return home to Barclays Center to take on the Sacramento Kings.

This is the second game of a four-game stretch against teams under .500. However, last night against the Wizards, the Nets needed double overtime to come away with the victory.

The Nets beat the Kings in Sacramento, 99-90, earlier this season.

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