11/25 Match preview: Kings at Celtics

The NBA’s top two winning teams in November clash Friday night when the Sacramento Kings visit the Boston Celtics.

Nobody has won more this month than the Celtics, who are 10-2 even after losing their first game in November to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Boston was on a nine-game winning streak in Chicago on Monday but rallied to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 125-112 on Wednesday.

The Kings suffered a 115-106 loss in Atlanta on Wednesday that ended a seven-game winning streak. They’re now 8-3 in November, level on points with the Los Angeles Clippers for the second-most wins this month, but they’re one game down.

The matchup brings Kings coach Mike Brown to the site of his win over the Celtics last June as Steve Kerr’s assistant at Golden State.

The return doesn’t leave pleasant memories for most Kings, however, as they were bowled over by Jayson Tatum (36 points) and Jaylen Brown (30) in a 128-75 shellacking last January.

Tatum and Brown also teamed up against the Mavericks this week, with Tatum hitting 37 points as part of a double-double with 13 rebounds while Brown put down 13 of his 18 shots en route to 31 points.

The Kings can expect the Celtics to see a different look than they did during much of their run in November after Derrick White returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday. Grant Williams went back to the bench.

White contributed 12 points to the win.

“With our depth and our ability to play in different ways, you want to mix it up a little bit all the time,” said Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla. “If you look at the season (in) five-game blocks and ten-game blocks, I thought Grant would do some different things in the (final) five-game block.

“I thought (against Dallas) and a few games down, it’s different matchups. Credit to these guys for their ability to jump back and forth.”

The only thing the Kings did differently Wednesday in Atlanta was lose. On the second night of a back-to-back, they shot a game poorly from 3-point range (9 of 31) after searing the Memphis Grizzlies for 15 made baskets from 3-point range in a 113-109 win had.

Reigning Western Conference Player of the Week De’Aaron Fox continued his good run with 32 points for the Kings in Memphis but was held to 18 in Atlanta. Malik Monk led the Kings against the Hawks with 27 points.

Kings players praise Mike Brown for a quick start for a team that has missed the playoffs for 16 straight seasons.

“We all bought in,” said rookie Keegan Murray, one of six kings with a double-digit point average. “We know we can compete with any team in the league.”

Sacramento has yet to have a chance to showcase its new form to most of the NBA elite. The Kings have only played six games against teams with winning records, with Tuesday’s win over the Grizzlies being only their second in this group.

The Kings have already played three games and won one against the defending champion Warriors, but Golden State starts 9-10.

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