Blatche scores 22 to lead Nets over Kings 99-90

Associated Press Modified: November 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm •  Published: November 18, 2012
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"Overall, when you make some changes like we have it's hard, but they were smiling for the most part," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "This is an adjustment period. That's something we have to go through to get out team turned around."

The Kings got to within three early in the fourth when Thornton connected on back-to-back 3-pointers. Brooklyn never lost the lead and increased it to 84-74 with six unanswered points, the final two on a driving hoop by Brooks at the 4:42 mark.

"MarShon came on strong in the second half for us and was making some really good plays," Nets coach Avery Johnson said. "That's probably the most composed I've seen him play since I've been here. I'm really proud of our young guys MarShon, Blatche and C.J."

Brooklyn cooled off in the third quarter after shooting nearly 54 percent in the opening half. But the Nets still maintained a 74-65 lead and closed the third with a 7-0 run which included a three-point play by Reggie Evans.

"Brooklyn is playing great right now," Thornton said. "They have a great point guard, a great shooting guard, and are solid all around. The rest of the guys fit in and play their roles well."

After a poor first half where he shot 3 of 12, Cousins got going in the third quarter to keep the Kings close. The Kings center made 5 of 5 shots from close range and had 12 points, and Evans contributed seven.

Blatche exceeded his previous season high of 15 points in the first half. He was 9 of 9 and had 18 points in the opening half, helping the Nets take a 54-42 lead at the break. Lopez scored 12 points and Watson also gave Brooklyn a huge lift off the bench with 11.

"We got him (Blatche) three easy layups in the first quarter, that's how you get in a rhythm," Williams said. "After that he had that feeling that he couldn't miss."

Notes: Sacramento is last in NBA attendance and has drawn crowds of 12,000 or less in four of its six home games this season. The attendance was 11,965 for the rare Sunday matinee. . Brooklyn's reserves outscored the starters 34-20 in the first half. . Gerald Wallace started for the Nets after missing the last five games with a sprained left ankle. . Johnson went scoreless until making a jumper at the 10:03 mark of the third quarter.