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Trey Lyles makes a splash in the “flowing waters” Kings offense, defensive goals

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The Kings (27-19) looked part of a third-place Western Conference team Monday night with A.J Dominant 133-100 victory Above Memphis Grizzlies at Golden 1 Center.

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Like many games this season, the Sacramento offense has been shining. The Kings scored more than 130 points to finish in a league-high 11th place this season and for the sixth time in January. Six players finished in double digits, including backup forward Trey Lyles, who led the team with a season-high 24 points.

Kings tied for the NBA record And he set a new franchise mark by making 12 three-pointers in the first quarter, including his first 10 attempts.

“It was great to watch,” coach Mike Brown said after the win. “It was almost as perfect an attacking game as we could have played.”

Lyles was in the mix for this record-breaking quarter, knocking down 2 of 3-pointers after checking in at the 4:31 mark. Harrison Barnes and Keegan Murray combined for eight triples, while Davon Mitchell scored and Malik Monk set the record with 2.1 seconds remaining in the quarter.

Brown said, “Most of those shots we’ve been shooting are shots that we preach about and practice almost daily the way teams play. Our guys just did a great job of keeping the game simple offensively in that first quarter.”

“It’s like water flowing with us,” said Lyles of insulting kings. “You look natural. It’s fun to be a part of.”

Lillis wasn’t just contributing to the offensive end. He grabbed seven rebounds and created a havoc on the defensive end, notching three blocks and two steals in 25 minutes on the floor.

With 9:34 to play, Lyles lobbed the basketball off Grizzlies guard Desmond Bean and slammed it home on the other end. On Memphis’ next possession, Lyles gave an entry pass to Jaren Jackson Jr., which led to a thunderous dunk by Malik Monk on a fastbreak.

The Golden 1 Center crowd erupted in cheers. This sequence places kings in double digits forever.

“His team’s defensive instincts within our scheme can help us get to the next level,” Brown said of Lyles. “If you have five Treys, you can be a good defensive team. He’ll break in behind him. He’ll use his height. He’s not afraid of getting hit in the nose. He’ll try to rebound and get out and run.”

“All of these things become contagious. We need him to be there because he is fearless.”

Not only was Lyles given a spot in the Kings’ rotation when the Browns arrived in Sacramento, but the 6-foot-9 forward has been consistently on the floor for the past four weeks.

Lyles has played at least 18 minutes in 10 of the Kings’ last 16 games and averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds on 45.1 percent shooting from 3-point range in that period. Shooting is a plus, but it was his improved defensive impact and hustle that made the difference.

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“We guys started lining up the same way. That’s why I started playing him a month ago, and he doesn’t come out because he does those little things,” Brown said. “Sometimes he doesn’t hit the ball well, but he does those little things that don’t always show up on the stat list. We need that every night.”

Lyles said, “I can’t control whether the ball goes in. I can’t control how many minutes I get. But I can control the effort I put in. I’ve noticed that when I play harder, faster and more aggressively, I play more. So, I just Need to do that.”

Simple enough.

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