Coming off a thriller of a double-overtime winner, the Nets had to turn around and figure out what to do with DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings some 17 hours later. There was little doubt, however, which way this game was going to go after the Nets carried a double-digit lead early, cruising to a 113-93 victory.
Of the Nets four largest margins of victory this season, three of them --20 vs. the Kings, 17 vs. the Thunder and 16 vs. the Bobcats-- have come in the six games P.J. Carlesimo coached. Only the 39-point blowout of the Magic in November came under Avery Johnson.
Brook Lopez, who went for a team-high 18 points in 16 minutes, said of their performance, "It was great, out starters came out focused." He went on, "Our bench came in and took out energy to a whole other level." And boy did they ever, scoring 50 of the team's 113 points.
Both teams got hot early, seemingly unwilling to play any defense. The Nets scored 36 first-quarter points (a season-high for most points scored in a quarter), shooting 71.4 percent from the floor, while the Kings went for 31 points on 61.9 percent shooting (4-of-5 from the 3-point line). It just seemed like it was going to be that kind of night.
Reggie Evans was fantastic in the first, scoring six points and shutting down, for the most part, DeMarcus Cousins on the defensive side of the ball.
The second quarter belonged to Mirza Teletovic and MarShon Brooks who both caught fire. Teletovic shot 3-of-5 from the floor, for nine points, while Brooks added 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the quarter.
Once again, fans waited to see if the 3rd quarter struggles would still hold true in this game. Fortunately, the struggle never really came -- thanks to the Kings lack of run. Sure, if you were comparing their performance to that of their first-half showing, they "fell off" a bit. Still, the Nets managed to score 23 point in the quarter on 30.4 percent shooting shooting.
From there it was simply a matter of winding down the final 12 minutes of action. The Kings never made a serious run, and even when they pulled within 14, the Nets answered with a mini run of their own.
Deron Williams finished with 15 points, six rebounds, seven assists and one turnover, while Teletovic (14 points) and Brooks (15 points) combined to score 29 points off the bench. Andray Blatche had 15 points and 10 rebounds, making this the second time he went for a double-double in two nights.
For the Bosnia bomber, the game --and his performance-- was, well, a game-changer. In addition to a season high in points, he also had a season high in rebounds (6), blocks (2) and minutes. He also had a monster tomahawk slam in the fourth quarter."People think I’m a 3-point shooter but I can do so much more," Teletovic said.
The Nets out-rebounded the Kings 50-41.
For more on the Kings, see: Sactown Royalty
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- Marvelous MarShon (Video) - NBA.com
- Barclays' Futuristic Bus System (Video) - NBA.com
- Off the High Glass (Video) - NBA.com
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- Blatche Ballin' (Video) - NBA.com
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- Post-Game Plus (Video) - Chris Shearn - YES Network
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- Brook Lopez talks about the Nets' energy Saturday (Video) - YES Network
- MarShon Brooks talks abut his offensive output (Video) - YES Network
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- Nets win third straight game in rout of Kings - Stefan Bondy - NY Daily News
- Reggie Evans appreciates physical battle in his team - Kristie Ackert - NY Daily News
- No worse for wear, Nets rout Kings night after 2OT win - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Mirza Teletovic thriving under Carlesimo - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Patience pays off for Brook - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Nets reserves add zest in romp over Kings - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Nets' Keith Bogans plays big minutes and loves it - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Notebook: Avery's firing an 'eye opener' - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Brooklyn's bench boosts Nets vs. Kings - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Rapid Reaction: Nets 113, Kings 93 - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Nets rip the Kings, 113-93, to improve to 5-1 under P.J. Carlesimo - Pete Calder - The Record
- Rapid Recap: Nets 113, Kings 93 - Jim Mancari - SNY Nets
- After Six Games, Carlesimo Has Nets Playing With Newfound Energy - Moke Hamilton - SNY Nets
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- In Carlesimo, Nets may already have their coach - Mike Monroe - San Antonio Express-News
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- Pick-and-Roll May Be Brooklyn Nets Winning Formula - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- MarShon Brooks making most of new opportunity - Deron Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
MarShon, Mirza lead 2nd qtr rally to rout Kings (Video) - Jason Schott - Brooklyn Fans
- Nets 113, Kings 93: Sacramento ends road trip with a blowout loss - Tom Ziller - Sactown Royalty
- Kings Blog and Q&A: In-game blog: Kings at Nets - Jason Jones - Sacramento Bee
- First half game thread - NetsDaily
- Second half game thread - NetsDaily