The Houston Rockets capped off a home-and-home series against the Sacramento Kings with a 25-point smackdown on Monday night, which was capped off by Alperen Sengun's playmaking ability.
The Rockets won 122-97, just two days after beating the Kings 107-89. The Kings were without De'Aaron Fox in both games but they did have All-NBA center Domantas Sabonis, who was outplayed by Sengun in both games.
Sengun averaged 16 points, 9 assists, 8.5 rebounds, and 54 percent from the field, while Sabonis averaged 9.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 57 percent from the floor, while suffering consecutive defeats. The Rockets' 3-point proficiency was on display throughout the series, as the team made 36.1 percent of their long-range attempts on Saturday and a scorching 48.4 percent from deep in Monday's game.
Following the double-digit blowout, Kings coach Mike Brown gave an easy explanation of what went wrong for Sacramento.
Mike Brown gives simple explanation of why Kings got blown out by Houston Rockets.
"They kicked our behind. Starting with me, Ime kicked my behind and on down the line."
Brown could've stopped there, but he continued and explained the extent to which the Rockets kicked the Kings' behind, as he coined it.
They came ready to play tonight and punched us in the mouth and we didn't respond. And it was evident when you look at the game and you watch us defensively, just how many times in the first half, somebody on the weak side block ducked in front of our defender and caught the ball at the charge line.
I don't know if I've been a part of any situation where we gave up four or five duck-ins to where the duck-in was at the charge line. That's just the evidence of them kicking us in our behind."
Brown added that the Rockets stole Sacramento's spirit and they couldn't do anything about it.
"The tough part about it, our spirit got deflated and we didn't have anyone on the floor that could bring it back up. That also was tough to watch."
The Rockets have gone 3-1 in their last four games and currently rank eighth in the Western Conference, while the Kings sit outside of the top ten spots in the Western Conference at the moment. The Rockets take the court again on Wednesday when they'll square off against the Los Angeles Lakers, while the Kings face off against the Portland Trail Blazers and hope to avoid getting their behind kicked once more.