NEW YORK — For a man who does not soar very excessive, Zach Randolph certain has climbed up the rebounding checklist.
Randolph grew to become the 20th participant in NBA historical past with 18,000 factors and 10,000 rebounds, serving to the Sacramento Kings to a 104-99 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday evening.
At 6-foot-9 and 250 kilos, Randolph has by no means been a excessive flyer. However he hasn’t wanted to be throughout a 17-year profession wherein he is averaged 10.6 rebounds per sport.
“I inform the younger guys, it isn’t about who jumps the very best and the way robust you’re,” Randolph stated. “Rebounding’s about positioning and having a knack for the ball and studying the place the ball will come off, having a way the place the ball goes to bounce to. It is a few mixture of issues, it ain’t nearly athletic potential or simply leaping up and down.”
George Hill scored 22 factors to guide the Kings of their first back-to-back sweep of the season. Randolph added 21 factors and eight rebounds.
The Kings obtained off to a scorching begin following their victory in Philadelphia an evening earlier, then held on after Brooklyn minimize a 21-point result in two with simply over a minute to play.
The Nets missed a flurry of possibilities to tie earlier than Hill completed it off with two free throws with 2.eight seconds remaining.
The Kings had been Zero-5 this season on the second evening of a back-to-back.
“We’re getting higher,” coach Dave Joerger stated. “Simply every man studying the nuances of the sport.”
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 16 factors however was among the many many Nets with poor-shooting nights. Brooklyn shot beneath 40 % from the sphere in its fourth straight loss.
“You realize we have to make pictures, we won’t flip the ball over, etcetera, etcetera,” Dinwiddie stated. “However on the similar time, if we play basketball the best way we’re supposed to love we did within the second half and so they do not rating 64 factors within the first half, we’re not in that state of affairs.”
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson stated earlier than the sport his staff wanted to start out higher, however Brooklyn could not have finished a lot worse. Sacramento made 16 of 21 pictures and raced to a 36-20 lead after one quarter, which grew to 44-23 on Skal Labissiere’s three-point play early within the second.
The lead was nonetheless 16 at halftime earlier than the Nets lastly obtained into the sport, getting as shut as 101-99 on Dinwiddie’s three-point play with 1:10 left.