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NBA Preview: Sacramento Kings (41-27) at Brooklyn Nets (39-30)

The Sacramento Kings are going to end a 16-year season finisher dry spell, the longest such stretch in NBA history. Additionally, the Kings are nearing the end of a slightly longer stretch without a winning road record.

De’Aaron Fox’s last-second 3-pointer on Wednesday gave the Kings their 20th road victory of the season against the Chicago Bulls. When the Sacramento Kings play the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night in New York, they will have their first chance at establishing their first winning road record since 2003-2004.

In Chicago’s fourth quarter, Fox scored 15 of his 32 points, giving Sacramento its eighth road victory by five points or less. After the Kings were 10 down at the half, they won.

Also, the Kings are close to winning their first game since 2005-06, when they went 44-38 but were 17-24 on the road.

During a run of five consecutive seasons with at least 50 wins, Sacramento’s last road winning record was 21-20 in 2003-2004.

The Kings are 9-2 overall and 11-4 on the road in their last 11 games, including a wild 176-175 double overtime victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on February 24.

In addition, Fox has scored 30 points in 10 of his last 13 games, and he has scored 30 points in five of his last six away games. On Wednesday, he scored the game-winning basket to conclude that run.

After a 3-6 start, the Kings won seven straight games to begin their rise to second place in the West. One of those wins was a 153-121 home defeat of Brooklyn when Sacramento shot 59.6 percent from the floor on Nov. 15.

As they begin a four-game homestand, the Nets are sixth in the East and one game behind the New York Knicks.

Since losing six of its first seven games with Mikal Bridges in the lineup, Brooklyn has won five of its last seven games after a 3-2 road trip.

In a 121-107 street misfortune to the Oklahoma City Roar on Tuesday, Extensions scored 34 focuses for his seventh 30-point game since being procured from the Phoenix Suns in the Kevin Durant bargain.

The Nets led 62-52 at halftime, but Bridges scored 30 points on a night when they only scored 45 points in the second half and were outscored 38-20 in the third.

The blown lead happened after the Nets acquired rebound wins in Minnesota and Denver in the wake of following by eight at halftime in each game. On March 3, the Nets overcame a 28-point deficit to win by 10 points in Boston.

All Brooklyn starters played at least 34 minutes on Tuesday. Coach Jacque Vaughn will likely give his starters the same amount of playing time on Thursday in an effort to keep the Nets out of the play-in round.

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