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Brooklyn Nets go 2-0 in preseason with win over Sacramento Kings in Shanghai

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With Mirza Teletovic, Marquis Teague and Jerome Jordan helping to carry them at game's end, the Nets beat the Kings, 97-95, in Shanghai. The game ended at 3:24 a.m., ET.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting, with most of his damage getting done in the first half.  He finished with six boards. Deron Williams, who started slowly, finished with 12 points, including back-to-back three pointers early in the fourth that kept the Nets in the game after a big push by the Kings. Teletovic had 10 and 8, including the three-pointer that provided the margin of victory.

But it was the bench, actually the deep bench, that provided the winning margin late. Paul Westphal, with Lionel Hollins out sick, played Jarrett Jack, Sergey Karasev, Mason Plumlee, Teletovic and Teague at game's end and each contributed along with Jordan.

The game was tight throughout the second half, and with four minutes left, the Kings had a slight lead. After a Jordan putback that put the Nets ahead by three, 91-88, with 4:18 to go, the Nets went on a cold streak, not scoring for more than two minutes until Teague, who played well and under control, hit two free throws at the 1:54 mark, bringing the Nets within two. After a failed Sacramento possession, Teague was once again at the line, where he made 1-of-2, bringing the Nets within one.

Then with less than a minute to go, Teletovic, who played what's become a typically efficient game, took a pass from Jack and hit a long three from the right side to give the Nets the lead. Finally, with seconds ticking away, Ben McLemore faced off against Karasev, only to see the young Russian block his short jumper as the buzzer sounded.

"We would like him to shoot whereever he is open," said Westphal. "He is a great shooter, and whenever he can see the basket, then he has the chance and can go in."

Jordan, the 27-year-old former Knick, may have gone a long way towards securing a roster spot.  In 15 minutes, he scored seven points, grabbed seven rebounds --three offensive-- and blocked a shot. Jordan will get a $100,000 partial guarantee if he makes the team.  None of the three other players without fully guaranteed deals got in the game. Jorge Gutierrez and Willie Reed have yet to play at all.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Nets with 28 minutes, scoring six points on 3-of-7 shooting. Although he missed all three of his three pointers, he showed a nice post-up move and set up Teletovic with a nifty pass late.

Lenn Robbins reports that trainer Tim Walsh sent Lopez to the locker room midway through the fourth quarter for ice, but Lopez returned to the bench for the games final minutes, being one of the first to congratulate Karasev for his game-ending defense. No worries, said Westphal.

"I think Brook is getting himself in shape," said the lead assistant. "He’s far ahead of where we were afraid of where he was going to be. He’s getting his timing."

"He’s been the dominant low-post presence that we’ve missed," Joe Johnson said in a conference call after the team landed in Beijing later Sunday. "He’s trying to fine-tune himself. We just look forward to everyone improving and getting better everyday."

For his part after the game, Lopez praised the Nets hiring of Hollins.

"He’s been a successful head coach and he knows what he wants," said Lopez. "He wants his players to get better. That’s what happened in Memphis and I think that can happen here. Hiring him was the right decision."

For the Kings, Ramon Sessions, a late off-season signing, was the high man in both points (18) and minutes. DeMarcus Cousins, who seemed to wake up in the second half, finished with nine points in 15 minutes and was not in the game at the end. Rudy Gay had nine points in 22 minutes but was barely a factor.

The Nets play the Kings again at 7:30 a.m. ET Wednesday in Beijing. The Nets have Monday off in Beijing to either sight see, or in Johnson's case, rest. Last time the Nets were in Beijing, a group of players traveled from Beijing to the Great Wall of China.