Nets 111, Kings 99
One night after going scoreless in the New Jersey Nets’ close
win, Anthony Morrow was looking to make amends.
The veteran guard with the dangerous outside shot made six
3-pointers and scored 24 points to lead the Nets past the
Sacramento Kings 111-99 on Saturday night for their season-high
third straight victory.
Morrow played his first two seasons with Golden State, yet
looked anything but comfortable in his return to Oakland, missing
all six shots as the Nets rallied from 19 points down to beat the
Warriors on Friday night.
Coming off the bench against the Kings, Morrow got going early
and remained on his game, shooting 6 for 11 on 3s. It was fifth
time in his careeer that Morrow made at least six 3s. He ranks
fifth on the NBA’s all-time 3-point shooting percentage at just
over 43 percent.
”I don’t ever think I’m having an off night,” Morrow said.
Yet he was a little surprised the Kings continually left him
open on the perimeter. His first 10 shots were all from beyond the
arc, and he made 8 of 17 overall, while also adding five
”It (being left open) doesn’t happen all the time, not as much
as it used to,” Morrow said. ”When it happens I have to take
advantage of it, especially having Deron (Williams) out there and
everybody that draws so much attention. It’s going to open up a lot
of opportunities for myself and other shooters on the team.”
The Nets have won four of five games and have opened a four-game
Westeran road trip with consecutive victories.
”It’s rare being in this stratosphere,” Nets coach Avery
Johnson said. ”Guys are really feeling good about themselves. Even
though it’s a team game, a lot of it has to do with Gerald Wallace.
It’s his defense, his competitive spirit. He settles our team down
when we are getting out of sorts. He passes, he shoots, he
Williams had 19 points, 15 assists and six rebounds for the
Nets, who had lost 12 of their previous 13 visits to Sacramento.
Wallace, who came to the Nets several weeks ago in a trade with
Portland, added 18 points. Kris Humphries had 14 points and 12
rebounds, and Johan Petro scored 12 points.
The Nets, now 12-16 on the road, are one of two teams – along
with New Orleans – to have a better record on the road than at
Tyreke Evans scored 23 points for the Kings, who have dropped
five of their last six. DeMarcus Cousins had 14 points, Marcus
Thornton scored 13 and Isaiah Thomas added 11 points and six
The Kings were coming off a one-point win Friday in Utah and
looked strong in the first quarter when they led 35-31. But they
looked sluggish in the second and third quarter when New Jersey
built its double digit advantage.
”We didn’t have the energy we needed,” Kings coach Keith Smart
said. ”There were six 3-pointers in our first and third quarters,
so we didn’t have what was going to be necessary to win this game.
Tonight was one of those nights where they kept us in a bind trying
to find the right group to match up to their guys.”
Williams helped halt the Kings’ fourth-quarter rally from a
19-point deficit. He made two free throws and added a jumper to put
the Nets on top 106-95 with 2:37 remaining.
Sluggish for much of the second and third quarters, the Kings
scored 12 consecutive points to pull to 102-95 with 3:55 remaining
when Francisco Garcia converted on a fastbreak layup.
Both teams shot poorly to open the fourth before DeShawn
Stevenson made a 3-pointer and Williams followed with a driving
layup to give New Jersey a 102-83 lead midway through the
Morrrow connected on three 3s and scored 10 points in the third
quarter when the Nets outscored the Sacramento 32-20 to take a
91-76 lead into the fourth. After a productive first half, Cousins
went to the bench with his fourth foul. He missed all five shots
and was scoreless in the third.
”We didn’t have any energy in the second half, plus we let
Morrow take all those shots. He just kept shooting and we didn’t
Ahead by three points at the half, the Nets scored the first six
points of the third quarter and went on 13-3 run. Morrow’s fourth
3-pointer of the game put New Jersey ahead 72-59 with 7:44
remaining in the period.
NOTES: Kings reserve John Salmons missed his third consecutive
game with a sore right hip and Nets guard Jordan Farmar didn’t play
for a fourth straight game due to a strained groin. … Williams
had nine assists in the opening half when the Nets shots 57
percent. … The Nets committed 19 turnovers, including five by
Williams. … The Kings signed Terrence Williams for the remainder
of the season. He had joined the team recently on a 10-day