Nets 113, Kings 93

After a long night and a short turnaround, the Brooklyn Nets’

starters needed help Saturday.

MarShon Brooks, Andray Blatche and Mirza Teletovic provided

enough to wrap this one up by halftime.

Brook Lopez scored 18 points in 17 minutes to lead six players

in double figures, and the Nets got a nice effort from their

reserves in beating the Sacramento Kings 113-93 for their third

straight victory.

Less than 24 hours after needing two overtimes to escape with a

115-113 victory in Washington, the Nets made sure the starters

weren’t too taxed. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson both scored 15

points, but neither had to play even 30 minutes.

”I think the starters played the last three, four games, really

exhausted from playing so many minutes,” Teletovic said. ”And I

think it was very, very important for me, once I got on the bench

and Deron talked to me and Gerald Wallace talked to me and (Jerry)

Stackhouse talked to me, just said, `Guys, once you get out there,

we really need a lot of energy from you.”’

Brooks and Blatche each scored 15 points and Teletovic had a

career-best 14 as the Nets scored a season-high 65 points in the

first half and improved to 5-1 under interim coach P.J.

Carlesimo.

DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings,

who had won four of five overall and two straight on the road but

were defenseless in the finale of their four-game trip.

”We gave up in the half 67 percent shooting and 65 points. We

didn’t have the energy for this game tonight,” Kings coach Keith

Smart said. ”Obviously, you could see we shot 40 percent. We

didn’t have the legs and didn’t have the energy in this game.”

The Nets got a huge lift from their reserves in the first

meeting this season, when Blatche came off the bench to make his

first 10 shots. This time, the production was spread among three

players.

The Nets made 10 of their first 13 shots and finished 15 of 21

(71 percent) in the first quarter, but led only 36-31 after John

Salmons scored 13 points. The Nets then opened it up in the second

while the starters watched.

Teletovic, an NBA rookie who spent most of his pro career in

Spain, made a jumper and had seven more points in a 15-2 run that

turned a three-point edge into a 51-35 lead midway through the

period. Brooks made three straight Nets baskets at one point in the

quarter, mostly tough looks where he was well-defended or the shot

clock was running down.

”They really were the ones who broke the game open, because

most of the first quarter we were just trading baskets, we weren’t

stopping them at all,” Carlesimo said. ”We were really good

offensively but we weren’t defending anybody and the bench group in

the second quarter just blew it open with a great defensive

effort.”

It was 65-47 at the break after the Nets made 27 of 40 shots

(67.5 percent). Brooks, who was getting inconsistent minutes under

Avery Johnson, was one point off his season high and said he is

regaining his confidence after shooting 56 percent in the last five

games.

”Absolutely. I’m not looking over my shoulder. I’m just going

out there and having fun,” he said. ”That’s kind of the way I

play.”

The Kings were hoping for three consecutive road wins for the

first time since March 23-27, 2011, but had little bright spots

beyond another strong game from Cousins.

”I just feel like the energy wasn’t there from the beginning.

It hurt us once again,” Cousins said. ”I can say for myself, I

started off sluggish. When we start off games like that, especially

against good teams like that, we’re going to have a hard

time.”

Cousins had a season-high 31 points and career high-tying 20

rebounds Friday in a victory at Toronto. He missed a game last

month when he was suspended by the Kings for unprofessional

behavior and conduct detrimental to the team but had been on a tear

lately, averaging 19.4 points, 14.0 boards and 5.4 assists in the

last five games.

Smart, who said both sides have moved past their problems, said

Cousins was doing a much better job trusting his teammates and was

the obvious key to Sacramento’s recent success.

”I think maybe, maybe, he’s turned the corner in realizing that

if you want to be a star in this league, all the stars allow the

other teammates to play and they make them better,” Smart said

before the game.

Cousins tried to keep the Kings in it, making all five shots in

the third period and scoring 12 points, but all that could do was

trim the 23-point lead the Nets had early in the quarter down to

16. Blatche had the first two baskets of the fourth to push the

lead back to 20 and the Nets cruised from there.

Reggie Evans grabbed 12 rebounds and Blatche had 11 for the

Nets.

NOTES: Injured guard Tyreke Evans has rejoined the Kings and is

expected to start playing again on their five-game homestand. A

second opinion on his sore left knee supported the Kings’ treatment

and rehabilitation regimen. Evans has missed 13 of the last 17

games. … Brooklyn’s previous best was 64 points in the first half

against Cleveland on Nov. 13. … Saturday was the one-year

anniversary of Smart being named the Kings head coach.