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Final: Brooklyn Nets trump Sacramento Kings, 99-90

A big second quarter from Andray Blatche and a big fourth from MarShon Brooks keyed the Nets' fifth straight win.


The Nets started their road trip on the right foot and extended their winning streak to five games with 99-90 victory in Sacramento on Sunday night.

"Right now, with the way we've been playing here recently -- not that we've been perfect, they are sensing something starting to happen," Avery Johnson said after the game. "We are still on the ground floor, but something is starting to happen."

The Nets trailed 16-8 early, but had a 12-point lead at halftime behind a 33-point second quarter and 18 first-half points from Andray Blatche. Then came the recurring third-quarter issues and the Kings closed to within two. It was a two-point game again early in the fourth quarter when the Nets went on a 13-2 run to pull away.

The Nets shot 48 percent from the field, but just 5-for-17 from three-point range. They had just 10 turnovers, but were outrebounded 42-33.

Blatche led six Nets in double-figures with 22 points, making 11 of his 12 shots from the field. Deron Williams added 14 points and 10 assists, while MarShon Brooks scored 14 points in just 12 minutes, including four key buckets in the fourth quarter. Brook Lopez shot just 5-for-14, but blocked four shots. Joe Johnson struggled once again, shooting 1-for-10 from the field.

In his return to the lineup, Gerald Wallace had four points and three assists in 25 minutes. His minutes will be limited, Avery Johnson said, with game-by-game assessments. Wallace told Stefan Bondy that the ankle was not as big a problem as a bone bruise that resulted when the ankle rolled over and bones in his foot brushed against each other.