Thornton scores 27 to lead Nets past Kings, 104-89

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 9, 2014 at 9:44 pm •  Published: March 9, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Marcus Thornton has been around the Brooklyn Nets for only two weeks, so he's still trying to learn his new team's playbook.

According to Nets first-year coach Jason Kidd, there are some plays his reserve guard understands pretty well.

"It's called 'shoot it,'" Kidd said.

Thornton did just that on his way to scoring 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter against his old team while Joe Johnson added 18 points to help Brooklyn overcame an injury to Paul Pierce in a 104-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.

Alan Anderson had 11 points and Shaun Livingston and Deron Williams each scored 10 points as the Nets won for the fifth time in six games. Brooklyn's win was its seventh straight at the Barclays Center, matching a season-high set Dec. 27, 2013 to Jan. 24, 2014.

Thornton, acquired from the Kings in exchange for Reggie Evans and Jason Terry on Feb. 19, took it to his former teammates over a four-minute stretch that bridged the end of the third quarter and the opening minutes of the fourth.

With 5.5 seconds remaining in the third, Thornton made a 3-pointer to extend Brooklyn's lead to 77-65. Thornton then continued his streak of 13 straight points by opened up the final quarter with a drive to the basket to extend the lead. He then stripped the ball from Ray McCallum and finger-rolled it to make it 81-65.

McCallum later would throw the ball out of bounds and Andray Blatche found Thornton for another 3 that made it 84-68. He then concluded his hot streak with another 3 right over former teammates Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins to make it 87-69 with 9:58 to go and the Nets never looked back leading by as many as 24 in the period.

"Anytime you see the ball go through the net, you get confidence about yourself," said Thornton, who scored 15 straight against Memphis last week.

"I credit my teammates for finding me in spots I can be effective in. And my shots were going down."

So far, Thornton been able to show flashes of that scorer Brooklyn was looking to add when they swung the deal before the trade deadline. He's averaged 11.8 points in six games despite his limited knowledge of the team's offensive scheme.

"If I'm open, I'm (going) to shoot it," he said.

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