Sacramento Kings

Kings start slow, fall to Nets

Player of the game: Brooklyn center Brook Lopez had 22 points and six blocks off the bench as the Nets sent the Kings to their fifth straight defeat, 103-100.

Turning point: Someone forgot to tell the Kings the game started at 7 p.m. Brooklyn jumped out to a 36-24 lead as the Kings looked as they had no intention to play defense.

Key stat: The Nets had 38 points in the paint in the first half, a season high for a Kings opponent, as they built a 62-46 lead at halftime.

X-factor: Joe Johnson had six points and four rebounds in the fourth quarter to help hold of the Kings. He finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Injury update: Carl Landry (sprained right wrist) missed his fourth consecutive game.

Up next: The Kings (16-25) play at Golden State Friday.

– Jason Jones

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