Marcus Thornton scores 27, Nets defeat Kings

The Brooklyn Nets were on fire, finishing 41-77 (53.2%) from the field, including 12-25 (48.0%) from beyond the arc, in a 104-89 win over the Sacramento Kings. This is the seventh win for Brooklyn (31-30) in its last 10 games.

Marcus Thornton came off the bench and had a strong performance, putting up 27 points on 11-15 shooting, including 5-8 on 3-point attempts. Other key players for Brooklyn included Joe Johnson with 18 points and 5 assists, and Deron Williams with 10 points and 7 assists. DeMarcus Cousins had another big game for Sacramento despite the loss, scoring 28 points on 13-19 shooting from the field and 2-4 from the free throw line. He also tallied 20 rebounds.

Along with their eFG% of 61.0%, the Nets connected at a rate of 48.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 6-3 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Kings are winless (0-12) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

This drops Sacramento (22-41) to 1-1 versus Brooklyn on the season.

Coming up, the Nets play the Toronto Raptors, who are 34-26 on the season. The Kings match up against the Detroit Pistons, currently sitting at 24-39 this year. The Nets lost to Toronto the last two times they've played. The Kings are 0-1 versus Detroit this season.