Amongst all the names the Brooklyn Nets have in their starting lineup, it is the play of veteran reserve Andray Blatche that stood out Sunday night, as the former Amnesty victim of the Washington Wizards led the team with 22 points, 18 in the first half, as the Nets pushed past the Sacramento Kings 99-90, in a game that saw the return of Gerald Wallace after a six game absence.
With Deron Williams injuring his right arm in the first quarter, the Nets needed someone to step up, and Blatche did just that, as he made 11 of his 12 shots during the game, with 18 points in the first half. Deron did return, and put up 14 points to go with 10 assists, five rebounds, and two steals, while MarShon Brooks helped close the game out with 14 points in just 12 minutes of play, including a vital three-pointer that iced the game with a minute remaining.
The Kings were led by DeMarcus Cousins (29 points and 7 rebounds) and Tyreke Evans (21 pints, 7 boards and two blocks), but were unable to take a lead after pulling within two points in the third quarter. They drop to 2-8, having lost their last five, and now travel to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers Wednesday night, one night after the Nets travel to take on the Lakers themselves. If one is a King fan, they must be hoping the Nets can drain the banged-up Lakers enough to make them beatable, which would probably be their best shot at snapping their losing streak.
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