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Kings set franchise record for threes with 25 and beat Nets 131-118

AP – DeAaron Fox had 28 points and nine assists, and the Sacramento Kings set a franchise record for three-pointers with 25 in a 131-118 victory over the Brooklyn Nets yesterday.

Domantas Sabonis added 15 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists for the Kings, who have won three straight against the Nets including a season sweep last year. Keegan Murray scored 24 and Malik Monk had 21 points and nine assists.

It was the second time this season the Kings had three players with seven assists or more.

They set a team season high with 38 assists overall.

Sacramento shot 25 of 45 from three-point range (55.6 per cent), breaking the previous Kings record of 23. Fox and Trey Lyles led the sharp shooting from beyond the arc with five 3s apiece.

Brooklyn Nets’ Cam Thomas defends Sacramento Kings’ De’Aaron Fox in the second half of an NBA basketball game. PHOTO: AP

Mikal Bridges led the Nets with 22 points, five assists and five rebounds. Brooklyn was one of the hottest teams in the East going into the night with six wins in its previous seven games.

The Kings led comfortably most of the way before the Nets pulled to 110-104 with six minutes left. Harrison Barnes responded with his third three-pointer of the game and Sacramento pulled away.

Fox gave the Kings a quick spark with a corner three in the first quarter.

Sacramento limited Brooklyn to 18 points in the first quarter and led by eight.

After trailing by double digits early in the second, the Nets got within 71-67 on Cameron Thomas’ three-pointer midway through the third. Sacramento took control after that and led 89-74 following Monk’s thunderous one-handed dunk and Murray’s three-pointer. Monk later fed Lyles with a lob pass that Lyles dunked to make it 107-90.