Nets' Woes Continue Against Kings

John Salmons' 31 the difference in close game
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2007 1:43 AM CST
Nets' Woes Continue Against Kings
New Jersey Nets' Richard Jefferson (24) finds the path to the basket blocked by Sacramento Kings' Mikki Moore, left, and Dahntay Jones, left rear, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday night, Dec. 18, 2007, in East Rutherford, N.J. Jefferson led all scorers with 36 points but the...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Not only did Sacramento's John Salmons score a career best 31 points, but the shooting guard also saved the day, passing to teammate Francisco Garcia for a crucial three in the last minute of regulation. Sacramento ultimately won 106-101, earning only their second road victory of the season, the AP reports. The slumping Nets have lost six of their last seven games.

They also can't win at home, having dropped eight of their last ten at the IZOD center. Still, the Nets put up a fight, helped by Richard Jefferson's 36 points, and a Jason Kidd instigated 13-3 run in the third, which kept the game close. Brad Miller and Ron Artest had 23 and 20 points respectively for Sacramento. (Read more NBA stories.)

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