Player Ratings: Mikal Bridges scores 23 points as Kings defeats Nets 101-96

The Brooklyn Networks hosts the Sacramento Kings Thursday at the Barclays Center to face off for the second and final time this season, losing 101-96. The Kings win the regular season series 2-0.

For the Nets, Mikal Bridges had 23 points and four rebounds while Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 points and seven assists. Nic Claxton had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Seth Curry had 14 points off the bench.

For the Kings, Domantas Sabonis had 24 points and 21 rebounds while De’Aaron Fox had 18 points and six rebounds. Malik Monk had 12 points off the bench and Harrison Barnes had 11 points.

In the first half, both teams drew in the first quarter. Neither team shot well and it seemed more like poor shooting than good defense. Sacramento drew away from Brooklyn in the second quarter as the Kings ended the first half on a 13-0 run. The Nets couldn’t do anything with Domantas Sabonis as he had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the first half.

In the second half Brooklyn gathered his energy which allowed them to get back into the game thanks to the energy of Yuta Watanabe and Edmond Sumner. Unfortunately, every time the Nets got within striking distance, the Kings found a way to push the game back into double figures. It seems Brooklyn may not be able to recover from the end of the second quarter.

Here are your Nets player grades:

Spencer Dinwiddie: B

Dinwiddie didn’t have his most efficient night of shooting, but he was solid. Dinwiddie did his best to attack the rim the way Jacque Vaughn wanted, but he didn’t get the best whistle. Dinwiddie has become increasingly frustrated with the referees of late and that could be why he tends to falter at times. However, he was excellent at passing the ball as he kept finding his teammates for open shots with his drive-and-kick game.

Mikal bridges: B-

Bridges did a good job shooting the ball as he did his usual diet of mostly midrange shots with a mix of three-pointers. He didn’t shoot much this game like before and it didn’t seem like the Kings were defending him any differently in terms of doubles teams or anything like that. Bridges did a good job of getting to the free-throw line in this instance, as he made it a point to put pressure on the rim.

Cam Johnson: C

Johnson had a rough shooting game in this instance. His three-point shot was solid, but he couldn’t find rhythm when driving to the edge or taking his shots from mid-range. He did a good job getting onto the glass and seeing how much Sabonis was on the glass in the first half. Johnson is flashing what he can do with his dribbling in terms of creating, but he’s clearly only scratching the surface at this point.

Dorian Finney-Smith: C+

Finney-Smith didn’t shoot the ball well in his competition. He didn’t shoot much at all, but his shot comes and goes unfortunately. He did a great job playing the ball, especially attacking the closeout and keeping his head up as he drove to the rim. Finney-Smith’s defense was solid when he didn’t have to guard Sabonis for obvious reasons as Sabonis is a tough cover for any player.

Nic Claxton: B+

Claxton did a good job of scoring the ball in this instance. It wasn’t the most efficient performance we’ve seen from him, but he was effective in finishing the basket. Claxton’s afterplay didn’t work against Sabonis, but he was great intercepting the ball off the short roll and making decisions from there. He was all over the glass as he did an excellent job of limiting Sabonis with his offensive rebounds in the second half.

Royce O’Neale: C

O’Neale didn’t shoot the three-ball well in this case. Despite his offensive struggles, he did a good job of getting onto the glass as he had to play as a big tonight with Claxton’s nasty problems. O’Neale passed the ball well as in this case he had a couple of new passes after going past his man.

Camera Thomas: F

Thomas couldn’t gain anything from the field in his 6 minutes of action in the first half. He did a good job of rebounding but otherwise didn’t offer much value to Thomas. Thomas has had inconsistent play times lately and you can tell he’s frustrated with not playing much as his body language wasn’t looking good.

Seth Curry: B+

Curry did a good job firing the ball when hitting his patented middle-range shots as well as his three-pointers. Curry was able to use his dribbling to create shots for himself and others and appeared to be one of the few players with fresh legs in the competition.

Joe HarrisF

Harris only played 7 minutes in that game, although Brooklyn could have used some shooting in that game. What turned into a defensive play was the kind of style Harris either couldn’t participate in or Jacque Vaughn just wanted to go in a different direction.

Yuta Watanabe: B-

While Watanabe didn’t do much for the box score, he played an important role here. When Watanabe came into play, he provided the energy the sluggish Nets needed in the third quarter. Watanabe is another of those players who has had inconsistent playing time but it was good to see him getting some playing time and making the most of it.

Edmond Sumner: B

Sumner had a similar night to Watanabe in that he didn’t do much in the boxing score but he was effective with his intangibles. He provided some of the energy Brooklyn needed to get back into the game.

Story originally appeared on Nets Wire

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