The Kings fired the lasers and lit up the scoreboard long before turning on the Rays on Monday night with a blowout win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Kings started the offense by matching an NBA record for 3-point field goals in one quarter in a 133-100 victory over the Grizzlies before a sellout crowd of 17,821 at Golden 1 Center.
Sacramento finished with a league-record 12 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished 22 of 40 (.550) from long range, one shy of the franchise record for 3-point field goals in a game.
“Most of the shots we made were shots that we preach and drill almost daily with the way teams play us, so our guys did a great job just keeping the game simple offensively in the first quarter, ” Kings coach Mike Brown said. . “It was beautiful to see.”
Trey Lyles came off the bench and scored 24 points for the Kings (27-19), making 8 of 11 from the field and 6 of 8 from 3-point range. Lyles established a new career high for 3-point field goals in a game.
Lyles said the long-range attack was part of his team’s game plan.
“We talked about it a lot,” Lyles said. “Every time we’ve faced this team, they packed the paint and the kick-ahead pass was open most of the time, so we practiced that in the shootaround this morning. And we’ve been doing that all year, so the guys were ready on time, on target, and it’s easy to make shots when the guys are on time and on target.”
Harrison Barnes and Keegan Murray each scored 20 points. De’Aaron Fox had 17 points and 10 assists.
Domantas Sabonis finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He posted his sixth triple-double of the season and extended his franchise record with his 23rd straight double-double.
Sabonis recorded 10 or more assists for the third straight game, matching the longest such streak of his career. He tied the longest double-digit assist streak by a Kings big man in franchise history, matching Vlade Divac (2004) and Sam Lacey (1977, 1979).
Desmond Bane scored 21 points to lead the Grizzlies (31-16). Jaren Jackson Jr. had 19 points. Dillon Brooks had 13, while Tyus Jones added 12 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
The Grizzlies were vulnerable the second night in a back-to-back with point guard Ja Morant and center Steven Adams both out of the lineup. Morant (left ankle soreness) and Adams (right knee soreness) were ruled out 30 minutes before tipoff after being listed as questionable earlier in the day.
The Kings came out firing from the start. Barnes made 3-pointers from both corners on the first two possessions and then hit one from the top of the arc to score nine points in the first 2:08.
Barnes, who Brown called “irreplaceable” with the NBA trade deadline less than three weeks away, didn’t stop there. He knocked down two more 3s in the first four minutes to pass Francisco Garcia for fifth on the franchise’s all-time list with 479 3-point field goals.
Murray got in on the fun, going 3 of 3 from beyond the arc to start the game. Barnes and Murray combined for Sacramento’s first 24 points. Lyles, Davion Mitchell and Malik Monk came off the bench to combine for four 3-pointers of their own in the first quarter. Monk has struggled for weeks, but he responded to a direct challenge from Brown, with 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
“I knocked our team pretty good this morning about our inability to rebound (in Saturday’s 129-127 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers),” Brown said. “Malik got an ear from me as well as others. He stepped up with nine rebounds tonight. I don’t know if he’s capable of getting nine every night, but we need him to come back.
The Kings finished with a 52-31 rebounding advantage against the Grizzlies. They shot 55.7% and collected 37 assists on 49 made baskets, demonstrating their firepower despite committing 25 turnovers.
The Kings went 12 of 13 from beyond the arc in the opening period, tying the NBA record for 3-point field goals in a quarter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They matched up against the Phoenix Suns (April 12, 2021) and the Portland Trail Blazers (May 10, 2021).
Sacramento led 47-33 at the end of the first quarter and went up by 16 in the second, but then the Kings cooled off and the Grizzlies fought back. The Kings went 1 of 9 from 3-point range in the second quarter, while the Grizzlies scored 15 points off nine Sacramento turnovers to cut the deficit to five at the half.
The Grizzlies tied the game on a 3-pointer by Jackson early in the third quarter and took the lead on a driving layup by Bane. The Kings clung to a tenuous one-point lead midway through the third, but they staged a late 10-0 run to take a 100-90 advantage into the fourth.
The Kings reached the century mark in the third quarter for the ninth time this season. They improved to 8-1 when scoring 100 points or more through the first three quarters.
Memphis got within seven early in the fourth quarter, but the Kings opened the game with a 16-0 run and outscored the Grizzlies 30-4 over the final 9:45.
No matter how many points his team scores, Brown always brings the conversation back to defense.
“As quick as our guys are and the understanding that they have with spacing, if we get stops like I really think we’re capable of doing, it’s going to be tough,” Brown said. “Because we can shoot, we can score, and when we don’t score … a lot of times it has to do with us, a silly turnover here, a silly turnover there, a forced shot over there. Our guys know that if we keep it simple offensively and we defend the way we’re capable of, we can run a lot of people out of the gym.”
This story was originally published 23 January 2023 at 23.37.