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Nets 113, Kings 93

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NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets weren't too worn out from their double-overtime game the previous night to again extend a warm welcome to interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

The Nets dominated the surging Sacramento Kings for most of the game along the way to a 113-93 win Saturday night at the Barclays Center. Led by Brook Lopez's 18 points and Deron Williams' 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds, the Nets moved to 5-1 since Carlesimo replaced Avery Johnson.

Joe Johnson, who hit the game-winning shot for the Nets Friday night, scored 15 points on Saturday and MarShon Brooks and Andray Blatch each added 15 off the bench.

The Kings (13-21) had entered the game with five wins in their previous seven games but fell behind by as many as 18 points in the first half and never really recovered.

DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Jason Thompson added 15 for the Kings, who finished their four-game road trip 2-2.

Sacramento hopes to get a boost in the coming week from guard Tyreke Evans, who is expected to return, possibly as soon as Monday.

The Nets were coming off a double-overtime win over the Wizards on Friday night in Washington, but Carlesimo said before the game his team would be ready to go.

Once again, the Nets (19-15) were indeed ready to play for Carlesimo, who has watched Williams in the past week start to more closely resemble the All-Star the Nets had expected. Lopez again also dominated for Brooklyn, continuing his impressive work this season when healthy.

Sacramento cut an 18-point halftime lead to 85-72 with 1:34 left in the third quarter on a layup by Cousins. But Brooklyn scored the last three points of the third quarter and the first two of the fourth to boost the lead back to 20 and they then cruised through the final period.

Despite their fatigue-inducing game against the Wizards the previous night, the Nets came out strong, opening a 65-47 halftime lead. Lopez led the Nets with 10 points and six rebounds at the break while Williams had nine points, five assists and five rebounds.

Brooklyn extended a five-point lead after the first quarter with a 15-4 run to start the second, taking a 51-35 lead on MarShon Brooks' jump shot with 6:25 left in the second period. Mirza Teletovic scored eight of his 14 points during the spurt as the Nets took control of the game and never relinquished it.

NOTES: Nets forward Kris Humphries, who sprained his left ankle late in Wednesday night's game, was out for the second straight game. When he got injured against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Humphries was only playing in his second game back since sitting out five games with an abdominal strain. ... Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said he'd monitor several other injured players before the game, but Gerald Wallace (bruised left knee) started and Jerry Stackhouse (sore right hamstring) and C.J. Watson (bruised right knee) were active, with Watson entering the game in the second quarter. ... Kings guard Tyreke Evans missed his 11th straight game due to a sore left knee. Evans is expected to return for the Kings during the coming week's home stand, perhaps as soon as Monday night against the Memphis Grizzlies. ... Kings guard Marcus Thornton, who had been starting for Evans, was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game due to a sprained left ankle.
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