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Final: Nets 104, Kings 89. Nets have wins in five of last six overall, and seven straight at home. Host division leading Raptors tomorrow.
Crowd gives Jorge Gutierrez a nice ovation after he hits his first free throw to get in the books.
And now Gutierrez has his first NBA point.
Nice hustle by Jorge Gutierrez to tie up that loose ball.
Now the human victory cigar, Marquis Teague, has checked into the game.
Fact is Nets are going to struggle against good bigs like Cousins playing this way. But if they force TOs and hit threes, it won't matter.
DeMarcus Cousins finished tonight with 28 points and 20 rebounds in 32 minutes. Bullied the Nets inside all night, but didn't matter.
Marcus Thornton seems to know only two feelings as a Net: ice-cold and red-hot. Tonight it's the latter.
Jorge Gutierrez is making his NBA debut here in the final few minutes of this one.
Marcus Thornton wants to shoot before the ball even touches his hand. Cat has no conscious. That's the true definition of a streaky shooter.
Nets were 4-for-30 from 3-point range Friday. 12-for-23 tonight. The highs and lows of being a high volume 3-point shooting team.
Mirza Teletovic also having a very much needed good game. Shot he missed just now was his first miss of night. 4-for-5 with nine points.
Marcus Thornton sure can get hot in a hurry.
Fans sitting next to me court side are getting into DeMarcus Cousins' head. He's starting to talk back.
Thornton doesn't know plays yet. Deron had to waive him into position on last set. Tried to waive him through. He fired 3 instead, hit it.
Marcus Thornton wanted that one. Held the ball and drains the 3-pointer at the top of the key to send Nets into fourth with 77-65 lead.
If Collins wasn't on the roster, Nets would have no one who could do anything at all with him inside.
People want to know why Jason Collins is a Net? To guard players like DeMarcus Cousins.
Big call there on DeMarcus Cousins, who now has four fouls and heads to the bench. Nets need to take advantage and go on a run here.
Collins is getting into Cousins' head. Spent those free throws working the referees for calls.
Time for A LOT of Andray Blatche and Jason Collins
Guys are going down all over the place. Kirilenko now out for rest of game with a sprained right ankle, and Rudy Gay limps to locker room.
That could be big. Rudy Gay just limped back to the locker room.
Kidd has adjusted to Cousins pounding Nets inside by pairing Blatche and Collins together now. So far it's working.
Jason Collins gets his second bucket as a Net
Three fouls on Cousins. Nets could really use him getting in foul trouble.
Game is tied for the first time tonight.
Cousins & Gay have combined on several really nice plays tonight. Still need to get other pieces around them, but good foundation for Kings.
Having Pierce out is definitely a negative, but having a guy like Andrei Kirilenko to slip into the lineup for him makes it easier to cope.
Cousins, as expected, is mauling the Nets inside, already had 15 points and 10 rebounds. But Nets doing excellent job again of forcing TOs.
Sometimes, you just wonder why Rudy Gay doesn't slay teams more often. Cat has all the tools. His game is so smooth.
Dmitriy Razumov is here in attendance for tonight's game.
Cheers for Reggie Evans as he's checked in here in the second Q.
Some recording artist named Tiesto was just shown as a celebrity on the jumbotron here in Brooklyn. No idea who he is.
That said about Pierce, Nets are already up 17-4, so might be possible for everyone to get a lot of rest tonight.
Paul Pierce is out for the rest of the game with a sore shoulder. Probably isn't a good sign for his status for tomorrow's game.
Two quick fouls on Mason Plumlee, who heads to the bench in favor of Andray Blatche.
Looks like that stinger Paul Pierce complained about is still really bothering him. He's already out after taking a hard hit on it.
Andrei Kirilenko in for Pierce, who is already back to the locker room.
Pierce said after Friday's game in Boston it's a stinger, and that his shoulder is "weak" right now. Pitfalls of playing him at the four.
Pierce again struggling with his right shoulder. Third game in a row this has happened.
Evans said toughest part of trade was being separated from his kids. Said he's involved in their lives "hard" and misses being around them.
Asked Reggie Evans what his reaction was when he learned of trade in Utah: "I just dapped everybody up. I’m out. That was it. I’m out."
Evans, whose name had been in trade rumors for a good portion of the season, said he "wasn't shocked" about eventually being moved.
Since his family still hasn't moved out to Sacramento (his kids are in school), he was happiest about getting to spend the weekend with them
Reggie Evans was upbeat pregame. Said there's nothing personal about being traded, and still wishes the Nets nothing but the best.
Kidd says it's not about getting more post-ups, but about getting the ball to "touch" the paint, and going inside-out.
Kidd again says he isn't concerned about KG long-term, that he looked good today and will see about tomorrow.
Kidd: Got a lot of great looks in Boston, but need to attack the paint if we aren't making open looks.
Kevin Garnett will miss his fifth straight game with back spasms.
No KG again. He's out.