Kings blow 25-point 4th quarter lead at home.
The Sacramento Kings entered the fourth quarter with a 25-point lead over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night -- and then all hell broke loose.
Brooklyn's All Star point guard D'Angelo Russell went off for 27 of his career-high 44 points in the fourth quarter, as the Nets came all the way back to defeat the Kings by the final of 123-121.
Brooklyn outscored the Kings 45-18 in the final frame, marking their biggest fourth quarter in franchise history, as well as the biggest comeback win in franchise history.
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Following Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's game winning layup with .8 seconds remaining, Russell screamed to the crowd, “I’m built for this shit,” before retreating into the locker room.
"Once you get in that groove, it's hard to get you out of it," Russell said, per ESPN. "No matter what defense a team throws at you, you're going to find a way to get it done. That's kind of what it was."
"I give a lot of credit to our bigs," Russell said. "They set screens and got me open, got me downhill. Once you get downhill, any player that can get downhill and see the floor like that and see the rim wide-open, the sky's the limit."
According to the Sacramento Bee, Tuesday night's loss marked the largest fourth quarter collapse in Kings' history. It was the second time that the Kings have blown a 28-point lead.
“We blew it,” Marvin Bagley said. “I hate losing, especially like that.”
As a result of the devastating loss, the Kings are now seven games back of the eighth seeded Los Angeles Clippers with just 12 games remaining in the regular season.