Shorthanded Nets ‘punked’ by Kings as horrid shooting night leads to latest blowout

The Nets’ penultimate home game of the season produced one of the most pitiful offensive games of the year.

They were routed, 107-77, by the Kings in front of a sellout crowd of 17,732 at Barclays Center.

Those disappointed fans saw far more missed shots by the Nets than great defense by Sacramento.

The 77 points tied for the third-lowest scoring output in the league all season, ahead of only the Knicks’ 73 on March 10 and the Magic’s 74 against the Knicks on March 8.

Cam Thomas led the Nets by 21 points in their loss to the Kings. Corey Sipkin for the NY Post

The Nets shot just .349 from the floor and only 7 of 30 from deep.

“We let our offensive drought affect us on the other end. We got punked a lot, too,” Noah Clowney told The Post. “Just getting punked.”

Having won five of their previous seven, the Nets (31-48) had been looking to build a semblance of positive momentum.

What they got was a beating.

Granted, the Nets played the tail end of a back-to-back with a decimated frontcourt, missing Nic Claxton, Cam Johnson and Dorian Finney-Smith.

But trailing by 25 in the first half and 33 in the second, this was never close.

Mikal Bridges didn’t score in the first half f the Nets’ loss Sunday. Corey Sipkin for the NY Post

“We tried to play some lineups and see some guys and play some different guys. You’ve got eight guys coming off a back-to-back,” said Kevin Ollie. “It’s no excuses, but we don’t have our whole team.”

Cam Thomas had 21 points.

But 19-year-old rookie Clowney got muscled around, knocked to the court at least four times and thrown around by Domantas Sabonis.

Dennis Schröder shot just 1-for-12 for the Nets during their loss to the Kings on Sunday. Corey Sipkin for the NY Post

It was Dennis Schroder who got called for a flop, sent flying and hit with a technical for his trouble.

It was that kind of evening.

Leading, 14-7, after Schroder found Clowney for a cutting layup with 5:47 left in the first, the Nets allowed a 20-3 run over the next 5 ½ minutes.

The Nets missed seven of their next eight shots and committed three turnovers.

And when the blitz was done, they trailed 27-17 after Davion Mitchell’s 3-pointer with half a minute left in the first.

De’Aaron Fox’s midrange turnaround just before the half left the Nets in a 65-40 hole from which they never managed to climb out.

It was an odd half that saw Mikal Bridges take just two shots — missing both — during an invisible, scoreless half.

Mikal Bridges finished with just eight points for the Nets on Sunday after a scoreless first half. Corey Sipkin for the NY Post

Meanwhile, Schroder shot 1 of 12.

“There were some great looks,” Ollie said. “From my eyes, my coaching eyes, they were some good shots. We had some really good looks, they just didn’t fall for us. That’s something you gotta live with, and we’re gonna get better from it.”

The Nets managed to claw within 14 to end the third.

But not only couldn’t they make a final run, they saw the Kings blow it wide open.

A 27-8 run left the Nets in a 33-point chasm.

Kevin Ollie’s Nets were crushed by the Kings in their penultimate home game of the season. Corey Sipkin for the NY Post

Sabonis came within a hair of his 27th triple-double.

He had 18 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists, checking out with the game well in hand.

Fox had 20 points and five boards for the Kings.


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